Does Getting Dressed Feel Hard? Here’s Why.

August 30, 2020

In the scheme of life getting dressed can seem like a pretty straightforward activity… until it starts to feel uninspiring more days than it doesn’t. When we feel off in your clothes it impacts our mood and mindset which are the two most important elements of being successful at anything we do. Here’s how you get your morning routine back on track and gain your confidence back when you’re suffering from wardrobe burnout.

You’re Not Planning Ahead

I’m not sure about you but I’m not fully human until I’ve had coffee and stared at a wall for 30 minutes after I wake up. That means mornings aren’t exactly the best time for me to head to my closet and try to predict what will make me feel my best. If you’re anything like me and you wait until the morning to plan what you’re going to wear, you’re basically doing the sartorial equivalent of grocery shopping on an empty stomach and then wondering why it’s not working out for you.

Plan your outfits the night before. Always. Extra more points for planning out five days of outfits on Sunday night for the week ahead.

You’re Missing Signature Pieces

Signature pieces are those items in your closet that make you feel like a million bucks. Many of us focus on basics and forget that the real magic in our personal style comes from signature pieces. Signature pieces are the pieces that we integrate with basics to create outfits that make up feel sharper and more put together. Examples of common statement pieces are shoes, accessories, a statement top, and layers that pop and turn an average outfit amazing.

You Need To Rethink Your Attitude Towards Shopping

Many women think they should just “know“ what their style is without spending time looking for inspiration or browsing and trying on clothes just for the sake of it. Most busy women wait to shop until they finally get annoyed at a gap in their closet or something pops up on the calendar that they feel unprepared for. The energy you shop with impacts the way we feel when you get dressed in the morning. If you are shopping from an emotional place that says  “Ugh, I just need something to put on my body to go to this job/ baby shower/ bbq/ photo shoot/ networking event that won’t make me look fat” then you’re missing an opportunity to use clothes to show up braver and more confidently in our lives. In this mental space, we’re focusing on avoiding insecurity instead of enhancing our joy. So, it’s no surprise that when you get dressed in the morning, or for that event, you’re going to be in a less than amazing mood. This is why I highly recommend clients do a sizable shop once a season vs. shopping all season long. Planning ahead and with intentionality allows you to manage your mindset because you don’t feel the immediate pressure (and piled on insecurities which always get heightened under pressure) of finding something to wear in a limited amount of time.

You’re Missing The Finishing Piece

Sometimes getting dressed is harder than it needs to be because you are missing one or two items that would make a big difference in completing a lot of outfits. This is one that happens a lot when seasons change. Examples of common missing pieces are shoes, layers and undergarments (especially body shapers like Spanx or a strapless bra). Fixing this wardrobe frustration is as simple as prioritizing carving out some time to shop online or head to the store to pick up what’s missing.

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