What’s holding you back from having the style you’ve always wanted? If your answer to that question is time, then you are far from being alone. Crying babes, pressing work clients, an active social life, relationships – they all take up our time and energy. Sometimes, the first thing to get the boot is self care.
I enjoy waking up early and slowly getting ready for the day. This is a luxury that I know I won’t have forever, so I relish it. After hearing a mouthful from an envious friend, I realized how much time I was wasting. She then challenged me, for the next 3 days, to style my outfit in 5 minutes or less.
The truth is, my experiment is a stark reality for a lot of you, and so it is with genuine respect and curiosity that I set out on this mission. Time is a luxury, and it’s one that I have been wasting!
On Day 1, I went with what I thought would be easiest. 5 minutes is not a long time when you think about your outfit, your accessories and your shoes! I chose a green dress that flatters my shape, is business casual, and is in my color wheel.
I paired this spotted green number with a statement necklace with contrasting deep blues, a simple gold belt, a blue jean jacket (that was gone by noon), and some peep-toe booties for a little bit of flare. All in all, I felt good – and I made it in just under 5 minutes!
By Day 2, I was ready to go again! This time I needed to make it a little harder on myself, so I decided to mix and match pieces rather than choose a dress. I bet you can guess what my go-to was – a pencil skirt!
This floral skirt makes me feel ultra chic and feminine. I put this muted gray racerback top with it to bring out the darker tones in the skirt, and added my favorite nude booties. The result was that I felt like a boss! I chose all of this and at 4:37, all that was left to add was a ballet pink stone earring.
After reveling in my success from the previous day, I assumed Day 3 would be easy, because I wanted to dress casually. I completely failed. You know why? Life. It happens! I searched up and down and could NOT find the jeans I wanted to wear. Sometimes the stress of it all makes you blind to what is actually hanging directly in front of you in your closet.
Nevertheless, I had to power through. I picked a different pair of jeans, added my favorite nude shirt, a leopard print scarf, flats, and sea foam stud jewelry.
Here is what’s important to consider when creating a wardrobe that works for your life: you need to have clothing that can be mixed and matched in multiple ways. Most importantly, you need to like said clothing! Filtering through pieces you don’t like takes up unnecessary time.
If you have a shirt you feel you could take over the world in, there are probably a million ways to wear it. Add a different necklace each time, try a new skirt with it, or add a blazer and pumps. Even if the individual items you’re wearing are old, you’ll revitalize them.
This challenge gave me extra time in the morning, and it was time that I used productively. I may not be getting children ready for school or preparing for meetings like my CEO friend, but time will always be a hot commodity, and only having 5 minutes to get dressed allowed me to prioritize and be imaginative with the options that I had.