"Meal Prep" your weekly wardrobe

I don’t know about you, but I’m not a morning person, AT ALL. If my day has to start before 9am I struggle trying to put sentences together. Since I know myself, I had to come up with a method that would help me get ready quicker and without having to put much thought in to what i’m doing. Prepping for your day is stressful enough already without having to dig around in your closet trying to decide what to wear. With so many other things to deal with in the morning, simplifying this task could be a huge help.

This “Meal Prep” your wardrobe concept is nowhere near new, in fact, President Obama practiced this during his time in office.

This method prevents you from choosing the same “uniform” everyday. When we don’t have much time we tend to go for what’s safe and we already know, chances are, we end up wearing the same outfit over and over again.

Let me break down this genius strategy for you.

1. Set a day and time and commit to it

This is the most important step since it’s going to guarantee that you ACTUALLY do this.

Pick a day that works with your schedule. Let’s say Sunday from 1pm to 3pm (you probably don’t need two hours, but give yourself time since this is something new you’re implementing on your daily routine)

2. Do your research

What kind of week do you have ahead ? Is it full of meetings ? Lunch with coworkers ? Do you have a presentation ? And don’t forget to check the weather, it plays a huge part when it comes to selecting your outfits.

3. Get inspired

Pinterest, magazines, your favorite fashion blogger. Find people that dress the same way you want to dress and get ideas from them. This will help you discover your personal style and open your mind to trying new things you wouldn’t normally go for.

4. Start with basics

Whether is a dress, trousers, jeans, lay out your basics first. Whatever it is that catches your eye that you want to start with, that's the main ingredient. Everything else is going to be seasoning

5. Mix and Match

Don’t be afraid to pair unexpected textures, shapes and colors. Create different looks with pieces you already have

6. Layers

Ideally, once you know what your week is going to look like and have an idea of what kind of weather to expect, you can create layered looks. This technique not only gives you options when the temperature is iffy, but it also helps you create new looks each time

7. Shoes

Ahh, my favorite ! I must confess, sometimes I plan my outfits based on the shoes I want to wear that day, and that’s ok, it makes me happy and that’s all that matters, right ?!. Shoes are very versatile, they can completely change an outfit. Keep in mind your week’s schedule so you can choose them accordingly.

8. Jewelry

If your go-to is your wedding ring, small earrings and sometimes a necklace, this is your opportunity to try new things. Jewelry makes a huge statement and can completely transform an outfit. Try new looks, chunky earrings, or a necklace ( No need to go the fancy route here, there are many stores that have beautiful pieces at affordable prices) You don’t need to change who you are, just add some spice to your everyday looks.

9. Get It all ready to Grab and Go

Once you have all your outfits for Monday through Friday planned (including accessories!), put them all together in your closet, in order day-by-day. Each look should go on its own hanger, so you can grab it, put it on and go!. All the lights could be off, and you'll still find your Monday outfit at 6AM

It takes about 66 days for a new behavior to become a habit. Don’t feel discouraged and give up after the first week. There are going to be some days where you don’t want to think about what you want to wear, but I promise it will make your mornings a lot easier. Imagine having time to share a coffee with your significant other, or being able to spend time with the little ones before they start class. Of course you can customize this technique to fit your lifestyle, don’t be too hard on yourself. On days where you have a little extra time, if you feel like wearing a different outfit, go for it !.

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