There’s nothing worse than rolling out of bed with no idea ‘what to wear’ and no time to spare before you need to be out of the house for work, school, meetings, etc. Over the years, I’ve discovered some tricks to drastically cut down prep time for both men & women. Yes, guys can take forever too! I have one friend who makes sure every hair is in place and his V-neck is ever-so-snug stating to his fiance that he’s “High-Maintenance, High-Performance” when she urges him to ‘hurry up.’
I’ve been notoriously slow ‘getting ready’ in the past. Running down a dirt road with my shoes in one hand and a bagel in the other trying to catch my ride to high school is a memory I won’t miss. There’s a huge difference between getting out the door on time frazzled, and making it on time feeling good and put together. Here’s 5 of my “Time-Savers” that I’ll show you below on my sister …because I wasn’t ready
1. Pick out your Clothes the Night Before ~ It’s not just a good routine for kids; when you have your outfit ready-to-go (including ironed, shoes picked out, accessories set) it’s one less hassle in the morning.
2. Take advantage of Spring Temps~Warm weather, especially in CA, can make getting dressed more simple. It’s a one-step process for women (just throw on a dress). Buns, pony tails & hats like fedoras are also convenient for bad hair days.
3. Quick Make-Up is Key~ Try to have your day make-up routine down to 15 minutes or less. Sunscreen, primer, foundation if needed, eyes (mascara & concealer is usually a must-have), then a bit of blush, bronzer and lipstick. Famed makeup artist Bobbi Brown offers her super fast makeup routine here. (Keep a mini-makeup bag with essentials in it at work for touch ups) And guys, don’t forget the sunscreen.
4. Dress Up with Simple & Classy Work Accessories ~ I always wear a couple bracelets and a watch to the office, plus a handbag that carries everything, but one of my new favorites is this menswear inspired cuff by Bolbach I first saw on Anna on her addicting style blog, FashBoulevard
The Cuff Up Close ~ This black python cuff with gold details courtesy of Bolbachis my new favorite unique accessory because it can be worn during the day with a collared shirt or at night with a dress.
DETAILS by Dale
Dress ~ Jason Wu for Target, fedora ~ Forever 21, heels ~ Zara, handbag ~ vintage, cuff ~ Bolbach
Tip #5 ~ Breakfast in Bed the car, office, break room, etc. Skipping breakfast is an instant headache by 11 am, but I have no time for it before I leave the house which is why my desk at work doubles as a pantry. Cheerios, fresh fruit, almonds, gummy bear vitamins, etc.
How do you cut down on your ‘Getting-Ready’ Time? If you have any tips or quick & tasty breakfast ideas, please share.
Thanks to my sister, Jody, for letting me dress her up in this post and I hope you had a great weekend! xoDale