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5 Easy Outfit Planning Tips for the Workweek

by Kristin Tice Studeman



Whether you’re putting the finishing touches on a big presentation, getting the kids to school on time, squeezing in a workout before you start a busy day, or just hitting the snooze button too many times, planning your outfits during the workweek can be tough. Trying to figure out what to wear for that big board meeting or job interview can make mornings feel nearly impossible. To start your day off right, take advantage of these five outfit planning tips.

1. Let Classic Pieces Be Your New Best Friend

Simplify outfit planning by filling your closet with sharp, well-tailored staples that make you feel good. Get rid of any unflattering blouses and find a white button-down that fits and flatters your body. Your office wardrobe, from your black sheath dresses to your blazers, should feel custom-made for you. The result is an instantly polished look.

2. One Word: Reversible

Clothes that do double duty might be the best invention ever. You can wear a reversible sheath dress to a PTA meeting one night, flip it, and then wear it to your big job interview the next morning. If you travel a lot, reversible pieces are also perfect for maximizing suitcase space.

3. Lean on Fabrics That Work for You

Instead of keeping a steamer at the office or carrying your clothes in a garment bag to the gym, stick to fabrics that make outfit planning easy—like wrinkle-free shirting and wrinkle-resistant suiting. Whether you’re heading to the office or to date night, you’ll look polished and wrinkle-free.

4. Stick to a Color Theme

You know when you can’t wear those shoes you love because they clash with your dress? Or when you finally get the perfect outfit planned out, but it doesn’t match your bag that’s already packed with your work essentials? You can avoid these problems by sticking to a neutral color palette (think: black and white). All your favorite staple pieces will nicely coordinate and you’ll be able to easily layer in a pop of color or a seasonal accessory.

5. Keep It Consistent

A lot of women wear the same thing to work every day because it’s the most efficient way to maximize time in the morning. If you like skirts and blouses, plan your workweek outfits around that preference. Depending on your work dress code and your own personal style, you can mix it up by adding more color or varying the skirt and top silhouettes.

Planning your outfits doesn’t have to be challenging. With a few wardrobe-planning hacks, you can simplify your life and step out every morning feeling confident that your clothes will support your on-the-go lifestyle.

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