Most of us could use a little more time to get ready (especially in the morning) but we probably aren’t prepared to wake up much earlier. We don’t have the option of getting to work or appointments whenever we want so the obvious solution is to find a way to put together fab outfits in minimal time.
It was probably drilled into your head from the time you were going to school and it seems like a no-brainer but I’m going to repeat it here anyway: prepare from the night before. Pre-planning an outfit and accessories allows you to get creative without feeling rushed.
I don’t do that very often though. I tend to dress according to my mood and Thursday night Natasha might not be Friday morning Natasha. Luckily, there are ways for people like me to get moving quickly in the morning as well.
I have a lot of black, white and grey clothes in both solids and prints and these form the basis of my wardrobe. Then I have more colourful pieces that can be mixed with the neutrals. It’s easier to pull together an outfit quickly when you have several items that work with each other.
Try to keep bottoms together and tops together (sorted by colour family if possible). I’m not that good so only my pants and skirts are like that but it helps since you don’t have to rummage as much. The accessories you use most often can also be kept together.
Hair and makeup can take up lots of time. A rushed morning isn’t the time to try a new eye shadow technique or follow a YouTube hairstyle tutorial. Practice that winged eyeliner on the weekend. If you’re a naturalista, consider protective styles since these make mornings way easier.
If all that fails, let creativity kick in. If you find yourself with just a few minutes to get ready and the first things you pick up make an unlikely combination, try it anyway. How about wearing that shirt your mom gave you that you think isn’t really you? Or mixing prints for the first time? Be open to trying new things.
Let me know in the comments what works for you. How do you get ready in a hurry?
*This post was first published on January 9, 2014 and updated on September 15, 2016.*