My Chic Obsession: 6 tips to make getting dressed easier in the morning

PHOTO CREDIT: Carolyn Arentson

PHOTO CREDIT: Carolyn Arentson

PHOTO CREDIT: Carolyn Arentson

PHOTO CREDIT: Carolyn Arentson

PHOTO CREDIT: Carolyn Arentson

PHOTO CREDIT: Carolyn Arentson

PHOTO CREDIT: Carolyn Arentson

PHOTO CREDIT: Carolyn Arentson

There’s nothing like not knowing what you’re going to wear to start your morning off on the wrong foot.

You’re running around frantically, hating all your options, feeling the pressure, becoming late for work, which results in more pressure.

Sound familiar?

These six tips will take away that dreaded feeling and make getting dressed in the morning way easier.

1. Pick out your outfit the night before

If you’re feeling really ambitious, you could pick out outfits for the whole week, but at least don’t go to bed if you don’t know what you’re going to wear for the next day.

If you’re aiming to pick out outfits for the whole week, pick a day that fits well into your routine or create one. A Sunday would work well as you get your looks ready for the coming week. You could weave it into a “self-care” night, too, and do a face mask, hair mask, nails or whatever it takes to make you unwind. Life will feel way easier because you’re looking your best and prepared for what’s to come.

2. Have a list of go-to outfits

Sometimes, figuring out what to wear is the hardest part. Spend time making a “uniform” or a list of the go-to outfits that you love and know always work.

Starter idea: Skinny jeans, basic tee, blazer and flats. For work, it might be dress pants, heels and a blouse. Once you find something you love, get different versions of the same look.

3. When in doubt, pick a piece that shines on its own

For last-minute emergencies or days where you just can’t, pick something that doesn’t need a ton of thought or looks great without having to do much, like a jumpsuit or a dress. All you have to do is add shoes and you’re done.

4. Try on the outfits you pick out

Sometimes, you can have the outfit picked out in your head, but when it comes to putting it on the next morning, it doesn’t work at all. Who wants to frantically think of a new outfit in the morning? Make sure you try it on and it looks the way you want.

5. Keep clothes on a mannequin, clothing rack or special hanger

Once you’ve picked it out and tried it on, you’ve got to keep it in a place that is easily accessible. No hunting last minute for those accessories. This is about making life easier, after all.

6. Keep track of the winners

You went through all this work to find an outfit. If you love it, don’t forget it. Find a way to keep track of these looks to repeat them, whether it’s an album on your cellphone or a list or picture printed out for your closet.

Carolyn Arentson is a fashion blogger from Dubuque. Find more fashionable tips at

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