Since reading a Vanity Fair article about President Obama’s morning wardrobe ritual, I have reevaluated my own. In the morning he chooses either his gray or blue suit, in order to pare down decisions because he has too many others to make. If you see the value of this practice (and you don’t have to agree with his healthcare policy to agree with this), consider the following:
- Get a hairstyle that works with you, not against you. Hair is one thing a lot of women either neglect or spend too much time on. If you have thick, unruly hair, perhaps it’s better to cut it to a manageable length that’s easy to style. If you have curly hair – embrace your curls rather than straighten them daily. Great hair should take 30 minutes max to wash, dry and style and 15 minutes on a non-washday. I often wear my hair in a chignon because it looks professional and can be twisted in 30 seconds flat.
- Your everyday makeup application shouldn’t take more than ten minutes, and if it does, perhaps you’re trying to do too much. Limit yourself to foundation and concealer, brows, mascara, lipstick and blush. When you have more time and/or are going out for the evening, pull out the elaborate eye-shadow palettes and cat-eye diagrams.
- Have foundation pieces that go together so that you’re not spending an excessive amount of time looking for a jacket to match your favorite greenish/tan pants with the mauve stripe.
- Have fun with accessories and trendy pieces, but make sure they complement your foundation pieces.
- K.I.S.S. can be adapted to Keep It Simple Style-wise. Think 1, 2 + WOW (your top piece + bottom piece + a wow piece, which could be an amazing jacket, scarf or pair of earrings) and be done with it. That way you can save time doing what Coco Chanel always warned about: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off.” K.I.S.S. and you can skip that step.
- Get a small purse organizer (or a simple pouch) to hold your bare essentials (keys, wallet, basic lipstick) so that you can easily switch purses. It should fit into a small purse but also be able to be snatched and quickly dropped into larger bag or tote on days when you need to bring extra items.
- Make your closet easy to navigate. Consider adding a valet bar – I use mine to hang the clothes I want to wear tomorrow.
Like the President, I can only make so many decisions per day. If the coffee hasn’t yet kicked in and I’m thinking about what I want to accomplish while also trying to curl my hair, apply makeup, and choose shoes, I’m hopeless. Many was the time my boyfriend found me standing in the closet, clad in a towel with another wrapped around my hair, eyes-glazed over, mumbling “I should have been at work 10 minutes ago.”
Hair Assessment: Is your hairstyle something that is easy to manage/low maintenance? If it takes more than 30 minutes after washing to style it, it’s time to talk to a hairstylist
Makeup Assessment: Do you have a makeup routine down pat? If it’s taking you too much time, it might be your skin care that you need to change. Oftentimes, women layer on foundation, concealer and powder to hide problem areas that can be solved using skincare.
Style Assessment: You should have at least 5-10 foundation pieces of tops, bottoms and a couple of simple work- appropriate dresses that you can dress up or down as needed.
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