How many times have you stared at your closet and complained about not having anything to where? A lot, I bet. And you are definitely not alone in that. Even though we have a lot of great pieces that we love and look great in, there comes a time where it feels like you’ve worn them too much already. And it’s hard to be a responsible, functioning, and average working adult if you’re going to blow out all your money on new outfits every week.
The “Girls take forever to get ready” Stereotype
My best friend spends two hours to get ready. Seriously. And it’s not even for, like, a date or anything like that. Normal work days, meeting up with friends for coffee, going to the supermarket to buy groceries… two hours. More than half of that is spent in the shower. I don’t know what she does in there. But after that, you’d think she’d take like fifteen minutes maximum to finish getting ready. But, no, it’s another hour of waiting. Why? Because she doesn’t know what to wear.
While most women do not take one entire hour to shower, it is a truth for the majority that the reason why it takes so long for them to finish getting ready is because they have no idea what to wear. They stare at their closets, considering one outfit to the next, and even trying out a couple of them before finally settling for one.
It’s time to kick that stereotype to the curb and train yourself to find a way to stay cute and fabulous even though you were only given thirty minutes or less to get ready for a surprise date. And, trust me, none of the training involves buying new clothes. These are ways for you to work with the clothes you have and turn them into something new with a little mix and match.
Plain T- shirt
Plain shirts are a classic staple in every wardrobe. But it becomes a little too memorable and we end up avoiding it and frantically looking for something else to wear. You shouldn’t have to. Follow these tips and you can leave the house within five minutes feeling confident and looking everything but plain.
- Tuck it into a high waisted skirt.
- Pair it with mid-rise pants and tuck the front half.
- Roll up the sleeves and pair with shorts or pinrolled jeans.
- Tilt an oversized shirt so it falls off your shoulder.
- Bunch up the shirt and tie it over to the side, showing just a bit of skin, and match it with a skirt.
- Really long shirt? Match with leggings that have a great print, and sneakers.
Casual Graphic Tee
We all have a bunch of them that we bought for one lame reason or another. The problem is finding a way to wear them outside of grocery shopping without looking lame or underdressed.
- Match your tee with a great pair of pants and heels.
- Pinroll your jeans and match with sneakers.
- Throw over a leather jacket and tattered jeans.
- Wear boots to give your outfit an edge.
- Wear a blazer over it.
- Roll up the sleeves and pair it with a pencil skirt.
We all have a pair that we constantly consider wearing as we go “What was I thinking?” We’re tempted to wear them but we always put them back, scared of looking too out there.
- Roll them up and match with high- tops and a jean jacket.
- Match with a plain tee, a layer of necklaces, and flat sandals.
- Skinny and tattered? Match with heels, a bright jacket, and colorful top.
- Match with black pumps, black top, and black accessories.
- Wear a top or blazer with metallic accents and finish off with heels that also have metallic accents.
A button up is easy, serious, not something you’d want to wear to a romantic date and not look like you’re going to an interview. Or is it?
- Button it all the way up and match with a statement necklace, skinny jeans, and pumps.
- Look chill by wearing it over a henley and closing one button in the middle.
- Roll up the sleeves and match with a high waisted skater skirt.
- Cold? Wear under a sweater and have the collar poke out the sweater’s collar.
- Hot? Leave it open and match with a high waisted skirt or shorts and a bikini underneath.
And if you’re in too much of a hurry to experiment and only have time to throw things together, remember this:
One Basic (basic top, dark jeans, pencil skirt)
One Interest Piece (shine, texture, pattern, color)
One Completer (cardigan, jacket, belt)
Accessories (shoes, clutch, jewelry, bag)
Get one of each, and no matter what, you’re out in five minutes wearing a complete outfit and looking very put together and prompt.
Hayley Moultrie is a recovering shopaholic. After many bad decisions, broken relationships, and lots of crying, she is now dedicating her life to helping people who are going through some sort of addiction on http://www.addictions.com