Easy, stylish dressing is never an accident. We all dream of getting up in the morning, selecting a beautifully flattering, stylish, comfortable outfit, perfect for our day, in under 5 minutes. But, that’s just not how it happens… for anyone. Style success, just like your success in business, takes forward-planning, research and strategic action! Just not as much as you might think. By knowing where to focus and taking just a few minutes here and there, making some small tweaks, you will get big returns! Saving you time, money and stress and of course, helping you feel and look great so you can perform at your very best!
Our top tips for style success
Investing 30 minutes to organise your wardrobe, will save you 15 minutes when it matters. We suggest having skirts in one section, blazers in another, knitwear in another etc. so you can quickly put your hand on what you need. It might sound obvious, but we’ve all been caught out by rummaging through piles of clothes looking for that skirt!
2. Choose your outfit the night before
Take 5 mins before bed and save 15 mins in the morning, eliminating any stress with dressing for your day!
Evelyn’s tip: A great way to make this even easier is, at the start of each week, choose 1 staple key piece to create 3-5 looks around i.e. a blazer, a pair of boots, a dress. By eliminating the choice of your ENTIRE wardrobe, you’ll make selections much easier and faster. Day 3, choose another staple for day 4 & 5 and do the same.
3. Use what you already have to form the basis of your new wardrobe
What’s working? Look at what is already in your wardrobe that you a) wear a lot and b) can count as good quality key pieces (good trousers, dresses, skirts, blazers, knitwear) and get rid of everything else. Anything you haven’t worn in 12 months, needs to go in the charity bag! Be brutal!
4. Identify the gaps
Maybe you find it easier to buy tops than trousers, so you have a glut of tops. If so, assess your wardrobe objectively and be honest about where the gaps are. What’s that one item you could always have more options for? Research online to see which stores to hit and go on a focused shopping trip to fill that specific gap.
Four Key pieces
The staples of a great wardrobe, they are the foundations of a functioning, time-saving, stylish wardrobe. Always buy the best quality you can afford, think of price-per-wear when you’re considering purchases. Work trousers are going to be worn often, so get the best quality fabric and tailoring you can.
Example key pieces:
- A well-tailored pair of work trousers are a must, high-waisted are usually most versatile and flattering,
- A quality pencil skirt, with just enough stretch
- A quality knit cardigan (waterfall front is a favourite of ours – also very slimming)
- A well-cut instant-outfit dress, you know the one you can just throw on and look great, some chunky beads or a long pendant to finish it off
- A pair of stylish, comfortable ankle-boots, with what we call a day heel – a smallish heel, comfortable, that gives you just enough height.
5. Shopping strategy
Having a strategy will save you time, money and stress! Window shopping online is a great way to save time on this and most importantly stay focused. If you prefer trying things on, go shopping armed with your online shopping hit-list, a time limit and of course a budget, and stick to it. If not, save even more time and just buy online. Magpie shopping, when you’re just in the mood to pick up something that catches your eye, is of course fun and indeed necessary, but isn’t how we create the building blocks of a solid, functioning wardrobe!
Dressing to your proportions is the real art of dressing. 75% of the women we dress are wearing trousers that are too big and badly cut, with excess fabric that is incredibly unflattering. Good quality fabric and tailoring (we find great examples on the high street) can take up to 2 sizes off! We will cover the science of proportion in more depth, in a coming post.
7. Work to play
Accessories are the easiest and quickest way to bring a day outfit into evening. A pair of heels, a belt, scarves, statement necklaces, a chunky ring and a statement clutch can instantly transform your outfit.
8. Play dress-up
Each month, take an hour or 2 of ‘me’ time with your wardrobe. Sounds silly? See it as an investment! Try out different outfit combinations, don’t be afraid to switch it up and try random things on together – you never know what could work and instantly give you more outfits from the same wardrobe. This is how we breathe new life into our own wardrobes without buying a single thing!
The ideal aim is, of course, to build the ever elusive capsule wardrobe, i.e. a wardrobe of interchangeable, complementary items that form instant outfits perfect for your body, colouring and lifestyle. We’ll give you the basics on how to do this in our next article.
We’d love to hear which points work best for you, or if you have any time-saving tips you use in the mornings, let us know in the comments below!