I used to waste a lot of time each morning faffing around trying to find something to wear. Often I would just reach for the same type of clothes every day (jeans and a jumper in winter, shorts and a T-shirt in summer) because it was quick and easy. But I didn’t feel great. In fact, I was bored and also a little bit frustrated that I couldn’t pull something together that made me feel good.
In other areas of my life, I’ve had to become organised and decisive. I work three days a week and on the other days I’m on mum duty. I meal plan, grocery shop online, clean the shower on the go and manage our household finances like a pro. So surely I could improve my outfit selection process!!
I thought there had to be other women out there with the same needs and frustrations in this department so to help those facing the same issues as me, I’m excited to share with you:
THE WEEKLY OUTFIT PLANNER
- Do you waste time every morning trying to find something to wear?
- Are you frustrated with your outfit choices?
- Do you constantly reach for the same clothes because you don’t have time to think of something different to wear?
- Do you try on numerous outfits each morning and end up with your bedroom looking like a cyclone has blown through it?
- Would you like to get more wear out of all your clothes and have more outfit variety?
- Would you like more time in the mornings so it doesn’t feel like a hectic rush everyday trying to get out the door?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the tool for you. It’s a simple planning sheet to help you map out your outfits for the week ahead.
You can download the planner when you subscribe to the Beachstylemum newsletter (it’s just over there on the right sidebar). Just print it off and follow these steps on how to use it:
STEP 1: Spend some time on a Sunday afternoon or evening reviewing your calendar as well as the weather forecast for the week ahead in your city.
STEP 2: Have a look through your wardrobe and make note of any items you’d like to get some wear out of or perhaps it’s something new that you want to try out. Note these down in the “Sunday review” column.
STEP 3: Day by day, select the core items you’re planning to wear. Try and mix it up where possible e.g. if you plan to wear a dress to work on Monday, go for pants and a top on Tuesday. If you work from home, allocate one of your days to a more dressy outfit for something different. Tick the core items from the list and then make a note to describe that item e.g. floral blouse, grey Sussan pants. Whatever will help you remember what you intended to wear!
STEP 4: Make note of the additional layers and accessories you’ll add to each outfit using descriptions that are quick and easy to recall.
STEP 5: Do you have any events in the evenings to attend? Will they require a different outfit to what you wore that day? If so, plan it out.
STEP 6: Leave Saturday or Sunday free and decide on the day. Completely out of ideas? Use the daily prompt to help you decide or you could use one of the regular style hashtags on Instagram as inspiration like:
#monochromemonday (by @corporatecatwalker)
#printedpantsfriday (by @whattheteacherwears)
#everydaystyle (by @stylingyou)
The planner is also rather helpful when you’re packing for a holiday or work conference. Use each column to plan your outfits and make note of which accessories you’d also like to take. I’m currently in planning mode for our family holiday to Noosa next week. Alas – the weather forecast is looking rather wet! Umbrella noted.
If you use the outfit planner, I’d love to hear your feedback. Please let me know if it worked for you or if you felt it needed any improvements.
Do you struggle with choosing your outfits each day? Do you have any tips to share to make this easier?