How I plan my outfits

16th August, 2016


I’m an outfit planner. My days are so varied that I like to take wardrobe dilemmas out of the equation as much as possible (that said, I’m not totally immune to a wardrobe crisis here and there!) by mapping out my outfits. Some days I’m in full mum mode which means comfort is key but other days where I’m juggling work functions and Date with Kates I need to look a little more polished. Here’s how I make it work:

Wardrobe organisation

If there’s one thing that will make pulling an outfit together easier it’s an organised closet. My wardrobe is organised according to category so jackets together, jeans together and so forth so I know immediately where to look. There’s nothing worse than having a particular outfit in your only to find the shirt that pulls it all together is M.I.A. And to make things even simpler I compartmentalise all the pieces I wear all the time into a section in my wardrobe so I don’t have to search the rest of my closet and mess everything up in order to find what I’m looking for.

Picking a focal point

I know some people start with a pair of shoes or a great necklace and work their outfit around that but I like to start with a particular garment whether it be a dress or pants. From there I build on the outfit with a jacket, shoes and bag.

Ensuring versatility

There are times when my day is quite mixed so I need to make sure my outfits are quite versatile. I sometimes have multiple Date with Kates to do in a day so I have to ensure that I only need to change one thing to mix up the look, for example changing the jacket to give the outfit a different vibe.

Giving myself enough time in the morning

There are those people who plan their outfits the night before, even the week before but I don’t tend to work that way as I often find I won’t feel like wearing something if I lay it out beforehand. So to combat this I try and factor outfit prep into my morning so I don’t get frazzled and end up running late. Even just an extra 10-15 minutes of time is enough to pull something together with minimal stress.

What are some of your major wardrobe tips? Share in the comments below!

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  • Reply Rachelle Develder 17th August, 2016 at 6:19 am

    I am also an outfit planner, Kate. With full-time work the last thing I need to worry about first thing in the morning is what to wear! So I iron all my outfits for the week ahead on the weekend before and put them aside in a separate part of my wardrobe. I always iron a couple of extra items in case what I have planned aoutfit doesn’t suit the weather or I just feel like a different option. Planning is key to saving wardrobe-induced stress in the morning!

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