Please tell me I’m not alone. You are minutes away from leaving the house, but you are far from being ready. You are lost somewhere in the closet staring at the hangers thinking “I have nothing to wear.”
For me, this happens on Sunday morning. It’s not like we’ve just started attending church and the routine is new. It’s not like I don’t know the days of the week and that Sunday comes right after Saturday without fail. And yet again, I stand in my closet, 15 minutes before we need to get in the car, and flip through the hangers like something is going to magically appear. When in reality, I have plenty of dresses and at least half of them fit. So then why do I/you/we have trouble finding something to wear??
I’m not sure I have the answer to that, but I would like to offer some tips to help get you out the door. I’m one of those people who gain confidence from my outfit. I know my worth is not found in a label. And you can tell me all day long Jesus doesn’t care what you wear to church, and I wouldn’t argue with you. That’s not what I’m talking about. I want to feel good about the way I look. I want to look in the mirror and like what I see. I’m not ashamed to admit it.
Here are my list of 5 closet/fashion staples that make me feel ready to attack the day when all I want to do is wear pajamas.
- Painted Nails. I know, the first one isn’t even technically found in your closet. Just bear with me. I love a painted nail. I see my nails more than I see my face or even my outfit. Why not paint them a color you love?My go-to color is OPI Bubble Bath. Exciting right? Pale pink, ooh!! It’s practical, goes with everything, and if it chips you don’t really notice it.
- My 7 For All Mankind Josefina Boyfriend jeans. No surprise a good pair of denim would be on this list. The fact these are distressed with holes and rips give them interest. I have worn them with stiletto heels for a funky going out look and with flats and my favorite Auburn Vintage T Shirt. They are so versatile.
- My collection of cute clutches. A friend of mine started carrying clutches to church instead of her every day bag and I thought she was really on to something. First of all, I don’t really need most of the items in my handbag. So downsizing seemed like a doable option. And, you can totally get away with throwing in an unexpected pattern or color with a basic dress. The overall image is something unique and trendy when really all you did was add a pop of color or interest with your handbag. (The same can be said of jewelry.)
- Animal Print Heels. Meow, with a well-fitting dress (doesn’t matter the color-actually the funkier the color the better) or with your favorite jeans and top. Are you seeing the theme here? When I’m on the struggle bus about what to wear, I go to my comfort zone of staple pieces because I know they will fit and I know I can pull one or two pieces out of my closet and make an outfit.
- A good vest/flowy cardigan/tailored blazer. These things can pull together and cover up a big ol’ mess, let me tell ya. I love dressing in 3’s, which we will talk about another day, and a flowy cardigan is just perfect. She can warm your shoulders in the fall when you want to wear your favorite sleeveless top and hide the snugness of some pants that weren’t so snug the last time you wore them.
Whether Mt. Laundry has sprouted forth from the tile floor or you don’t feel like wearing anything with a waist band, I hope this list gives you some ideas about how to give yourself that closet pep-talk and get out the door and attack the day!
I would love to hear your closet and fashion staples!