When I took two months off from blogging and posting on social media, I felt a new freedom in dressing. I didn’t have to think about taking photos of myself or what anyone else thought of my looks. But honestly, it left me a little lost and bored with my outfits. So I came up with a few ways to spice up my daily dressing.
The Daily Diary
Ironically, the first thing I did when I was finally free of taking photos was … take photos! LOL. But these photos were just for me. And honestly I had no intention of sharing them here on the blog. These were mostly quick snaps, taken running out the door in the morning. Each day, I added the pic to a “Clothing Diary” album on my phone. I will include a screenshot of them for an example, but please don’t judge. They were never meant to be shared!
Now that I have a record of what I’m wearing on a daily basis, I have some helpful knowledge at my fingertips. What items get the most wear? When was the last time I wore that piece … last week … last year? What did I wear last time I had lunch with a particular friend, meeting with the department, or dinner with the family? (I don’t want to accidentally wear the same exact thing again, right?) Sometimes I’d put together an outfit for the weekend and then look at the photo later and think oh that’s cute for school too (or vice versa). And sometimes I look at my quick pic and think, gee, that’s not really working as well as I thought it was (or nicer … hey that looks better than I thought so put that into the rotation more often!)
Make a Weekly Schedule
My other idea was to come up with the weekly schedule for myself for work outfits.
Here’s mine right now:
Monday – wear a dress
Tuesday – wear nice jeans with a third piece (blazer, wrap, kimono)
Wednesday – wear pants/trousers
Thursday – wear a skirt
Friday – (school spirit day) – wear jeans, sneakers, a school tee and sweatshirt
Right now it’s been totally working for me. I have some idea what I’m wearing every day and instead of standing in front a big closet with zero ideas, at least I have a starting point. It also forces me to not get in a rut of wearing the same formula every day.
At the end of each month or season, I can change up the order if I feel like it.
Plan your Outfits
Sometimes, if I have the time and IF I feel like it, I will plan a week’s worth of work outfits on Sunday afternoon. In the past this didn’t appeal to me because I like dressing according to mood. But I’ve found out that the advance planning really helps me look more pulled together. It also encourages me to work into rotation things that have been getting dusty on the shelf. And after all, if I don’t feel like wearing what I planned, I can always change my mind for goodness sake.
Okay, so those are the hacks I’m using to dress myself. It’s not rocket science and I didn’t really invent anything new. But, it IS really helping me feel good about getting dressed every day! I hope sharing these tips with you will inspire you on your daily dressing adventure!
Fun & Fashion,
About the blog: Fashion Should Be Fun is ME talking to YOU, other middle-aged women who are over 40, but not over fashion. We still want to look beautiful and stylish. We still want to have fun with trends. And we don’t need anyone giving us rules, because we’re all different. This is a place for me to share my love of fashion with you, including style ideas, tips, trends, and inspiration. I know how liking the way we look can translate into confidence and energy. I know we have so much life left to live and so much adventure ahead of us. Let’s show the world you’re never too old to have fun and be fierce.