It’s Go To Time

March 24, 2009

Find your go to outfit, stat!

Find your go to outfit, stat!

You’re busy. You work full time, which means all hours, because nobody works from 9 to 5 anymore, especially in this economy. And/or you’ve got kids who, go figure, have needs. And/or you’re in a relationship, and that takes time to tend to and keep it right (or at least civil), and/or you have a living space, which needs to be cleaned and repaired and decorated, and you and all of your potential hangers-on need to eat, so you’ve got to keep the fridge full and whip something up come to mealtime…I could go on. But this isn’t really about that. This is an assignment, because of that.

Carve out an hour for yourself and a mirror. Your mission? Find your go to outfit, from the lipstick down to your shoes. You need to have that outfit down pat no matter what else is going on in your life. Why? Because you’re busy! And the last thing you need to spend time doing in the am is standing in front of your closet, fretting over what blouse would look okay with what skirt. Do that in this hour. Important meeting at work? Find the top, bottoms, jacket, jewelry, makeup, socks/tights and shoes that make up the outfit that gives you the confidence you need. Commit it to memory. Write it down if you need to. And then the next time you have an important meeting at work, go to it. You don’t have to think about it, it’s done. You csn do it with other things too. Brunch with friends? Saturday night dinner with your husband? Interview for a new job? Done, done and done. The added bonus is that it will make you realize what does and doesn’t work for you, which gives you clues on what to look for the next time you’re out shopping. You know, with all of that found time you’ll have…File this under a little pro-activity going a long way.

For the Boys

Guys can save time with this approach as well, but men seem to have an easier time given the more narrow focus of their closets. Of course a great suit always looks nice, but a button down and khakis seems to be the clear favorite. 209410_426_41Our friend Andy was over tonight and he swears by the wrinkle-free button down shirts from LL Bean. (The official name is Wrinkle-Resistant Classic Oxford Cloth Shirt.) Apparently you literally wash it, hang it, put it on and go. Very low maintenance, which I like. And at $29.50, a veritable bargain. I think it’s worth trying out.

And Stretch

My pilates teacher (who’s stuck in Japan right now, but I digress) reminded me about the importance of stretching AFTER you exercise. If you’re on the treadmill or elliptical, you’ve got so much blood flowing downward that, according to her, even just lying with your feet up against the wall for a few minutes will help even out the blood flow to all of your muscles, and make your stretching more beneficial. I have been putting my legs up and then doing my ab crunches and my hamstrings have felt less tight, so maybe it is helping. Just something to keep in mind.

Hope your Monday was good!