Hello everyone! I’m Erin and I blog over at Loop Looks (office fashion) and Eri-thon (fitness). Katie asked me to guest post this week and suggested I focus on how I make time in my life for two blogs, working out, a graduate school class, and holding down a full-time job while my husband’s in school!
One of the ways I manage is by planning my outfits out a week at a time. I do this not only to help me schedule blog posts for Loop Looks but also so that my mornings are streamlined. I already know what I’m going to wear so I don’t even have to think about it.
So, how do I outfit plan?
Step 1 – Check my work calendar
I need to know if I have any meetings and if so, who they are with. We don’t have a dress code at my office other than “business wear” and jeans are only allowed on Fridays. Some might call us business casual but I think we’re one step up from that. Still, if I’m going to be leading a training session or meeting with someone I want to make sure I put my best foot forward fashion-wise.
Step 2 – Check the weather
Basically right now the weather is “cold.” All the time. But, I still check to see exactly how cold and if I need to be wearing snow or rain boots. This affects if I wear a skirt, pants, pants that I can tuck into boots, layers, etc.
Step 3 – Find inspiration
Sometimes I know exactly what I want to wear. Other times I need a little bit of inspiration. This is why I keep a Pinterest board filled with, well, Outfit Inspirations.
This board only has pins of outfits I can already recreate with items in my closet. No “aspirational” items here. Only outfits I could really and truly make with what I have. This allows me to scan through and find something when I’m feeling uninspired. I find items to add to this board by reading other fashion and style blogs, browsing Pinterest, using The Style Up, or looking at my favorite online stores.
I also follow several different personal fashion and style blogs that post weekly challenges such as wearing a certain color or using a celebrity photo or a painting as an inspiration to create an outfit. Those are great when I need ideas as well.
Step 4 – Write it down
Just about a year ago I found a Blog Planner printable that I use to plan my blog posts and write down my outfits for each day. I do this on Fridays for the following week and then take a picture of it with my phone so that I can quickly look at it in the morning before I get dressed. I write down everything I’m going to wear including shoes and accessories so that it requires as little thought as possible. I know some people prefer to do everything electronically but I find writing it down to be a nice meditative exercise.
And there you have it! Doing this every week really saves me time in the morning and, as an added benefit, really helps me get the most use of out my closet. Which is a huge help when you’re running a personal style blog that focuses on what to wear to work!