The Fitting Room: Outfit Inspiration

Maybe it’s a we’re-on-the-cusp-of-fall thing, but lately, I’ve been rolling out of bed and simply staring, doe-eyed, at the contents of my closet. Anything I put on feels off. And even a good pair of SPANX does nothing to speed along the process.

So I set to work brainstorming ways to free myself from my morning rut. Here’s what I learned along the way:

Own a go-to black dress. One that’s not too fancy – it should be a blank canvas. Wear it with flats and a jeweled collar one week, then slip-on boots and a scarf the next. My go-to is a loose Theory shift. It’s the kind of dress you can wear once a week with different accessories, and it still looks fresh. I reach for it constantly when I’m at a loss for what to wear.

Plan your outfit the night before. Remember when Mom picked out your clothes before bed? I never thought I’d say this, but goodness, she was smart – this is a lifesaver for mornings when I snooze one (three?) too many times. Try on a few outfits the night before (or play around on Polyvore), then pick your favorite and hang it outside the closet, accessories and all, so you can slip it on in a jiffy come morning.

Get inspired by glossies. A good friend of mine has a “Magazine Inspiro” board. (This DIY one’s fun.) Whenever she stumbles upon an outfit she loves in a glossy, she rips it out and pins it up on a pretty framed cork board. For lack of wall space, I started a binder instead. Martha Stewart carries some great ones – complete with clear sheet protectors. They’re perfect for coming up with chic, creative pairings – navy with black and a pop of brights, for example – that you’d never think of during those hazy morning moments.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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