How to Make Deciding What to Wear Easy

Selecting what to wear each day can be a horrific, time-consuming process for males and females alike. Luckily, though, there are a few simple steps one can take to cut down on the time and effort it takes to dress appropriately each day.


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    Clean out your closet. Figure out your personal style, then purge your closet of things that don't fit, are ripped or stained beyond help, aren't practical for your day to day life, don't fit in with your personal style, or that you simply don't like. Donate the items that are in good enough condition for others to benefit from, toss the junk, and separate your remaining clothes into two piles; current season and off season clothes. Store the off season clothes in a separate room or closet or in bins in the back of your closet or under your bed. Doing this narrows down the number of items of clothing you have to sift through to decide what to wear and streamlines the process by eliminating any items that will get in the way of making a decision. Many articles on wikiHow pertain to this topic, and you may want to look to them for more information.
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    Organize your wardrobe. Again, many helpful articles on wikiHow are specifically directed upon this topic, so this description will be rather brief. Take the remainder of the clothing you're left with and put it back in your closet. Decide carefully what to hang and what to fold, and store things neatly. Group t-shirts, jeans, skirts, dresses, etc. together and organize them by color within their respective groupings to make it easy to find, for example, a pair of white jeans or a gray tank top. Use the room in your closet as effectively as possible, utilizing bins, shelves, drawers, plastic boxes, and hanging storage elements to organize and store clothing and accessories neatly so they're nice and accessible. Doing this makes it easier to find specific articles of clothing, and thus easy to put together outfits.
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    Start checking out the weather forecast. You can find the weather forecast for your area online, in the local paper, or on the radio or tv. Checking out the forecast helps you further eliminate your choices for what to wear and makes the decision easier, since, for example, if it's forty degrees out, you can't wear shorts and a tank top, and if it's eighty, you can't wear sweaters and boots. Not only this, but it helps you to be more comfortable and prepared for the day.
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    Consider formality and practicality. Will most of your day be spent indoors or outdoors? Are you going on a hike, field trip, to a museum, a carnival, a friend's house, etc.? Consider what you're doing that day, how formal it will be, and how practical you should dress. A fancy dinner probably calls for maximum formality with less stress on practicality. A hike leans to the more practical side.
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    Start planning out your outfits in advance. Planning your outfit in advance saves time in the morning no matter who you are- it shouldn't be considered a girly thing to do, and everyone should make an effort to do it! There are many benefits to deciding what to wear in advance, the greatest being in time saved in the morning. It also enables you to spend the proper amount of time choosing what to wear and leaves you looking more put together and feeling your best. There are multiple ways to go about this. One way to do it is to keep outfits hung together in your closet, putting them together as you do laundry or check out the weather forecast. Another is to decide on what to wear each day the night before. If you like to dress based on your mood, come up with a few different options or just one outfit you can alter. Also, lay out proper undergarments for the outfit as well as any accessories you plan to wear with it. Don't forget underwear, socks, shoes, belts, and jewelry.


  • When you are unsure about the formality and practicality of your situations, always dress as formally AND practically as possible. Practicality is usually a safe bet, and it is easier to make yourself look more dressed down on a moment's notice than more dressed up. For example, if you're going to a buffet or banquet, a skirt and plain tee (for girls) or some nice pants and a loose button up (for guys) are easy, practical, and slightly more formal options.
  • The ultimate goal here is to eliminate your choices as greatly as possible and to streamline the process through organization and planning. Any other steps you find that help you do these things should be taken.


  • Avoid allowing clothing to control your life. Don't get too out of hand!

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