Speed Dressing Tips That Prevent Morning Stress

On Weekdays mornings, my alarm goes off at 6 a.m. sharp, and the frantic rush begins. You know the drill:

  • try to get my sleepy teens to please get up! ( o.k., beg)
  • jump into the shower
  • scramble to get dressed
  • throw on some make-up and fix my hair
  • exchange reminders with my husband about pickups, drop-offs, kid stuff, and whatever else
  • get everybody fed, organized, smiling, and out the door
  • grab a cup of tea and get to work before the phone rings with the first little crisis of the day -LOL!- Can you relate?

Getting dressed and ready for the day is stressful. It’s tempting some days to want to skip the things you know you need to do to look stylish and pulled together with so little time. Luckily I’m pretty organized, and I’ve managed to find a few little tricks to speed up my morning dressing routine significantly. Let me tell you about them.

Speed Dressing Tip # 1 – Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer

My first shortcut is a new product that I’m thrilled someone has finally invented. I’ve always been perfect about moisturizing my face, but like many of you,  99% of the time, I skip moisturizing my body because I don’t have time to sit around and let the cream sink in and dry once I’m out of the shower.  It’s annoying that my legs look so dry and flaky, but I’ve never done anything about it until now.

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Now I have no excuse not to moisturize in the mornings. This is easy.

Recently a new product came my way called Vaseline Spray and Go Moisturizer. It’s a non-sticky, non-greasy 360° spray lotion that’s fast to apply and quick to absorb. (absorbs in 10 seconds or less with a quick rub).

I’ve been testing the Aloe Fresh variant with pure aloe (I’m big on botanicals), but you can also get the Total Moisture with oat extract (shown here) or Cocoa Radiant with cocoa butter.  I’m loving Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer because it makes my mornings quick and leaves my skin feeling instantly soft. This is a good find!

Speed Dressing Tip #2 -Plan and Visualize What to Wear

When I used to work in TV as a producer/host (my first career before blogging), the dressing was pretty quick because I knew what was expected each day. Now I’m a blogger, I wear many hats, and my schedule is all over the place. I can be at home in front of my computer, not seeing a soul for three days in a row, then out on a photo shoot or going to a blogging conference, or meeting with a marketing executive. I’ve found that if I plan, dressing in the morning can be a nightmare.

So what I do now is, take a couple of minutes each night to think about what I will be doing, where I will be going, who I will be meeting, and the message I want to project. I get a rough idea in my head about what I want to wear, even if I decide it’s only going to be one of my super handy go-to outfits* (more about this in a minute).

Planning is key. Otherwise, you end up throwing on any old thing ( frump city) or feeling frazzled because it took you so long to decide on the perfect outfit. Two minutes the night before; that’s all you need. Make it your new habit.

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My closet is organized from light to dark to speed up morning dressing.

Speed Dressing Tip # 3 –  Organize Your Closet so You Can SEE What’s In There

Getting Dressed in the morning can grind to a halt when you can’t see what to wear because your closet is stuffed full of clothes. Keep your wardrobe well-edited, and then find a way to organize your clothes that works for you.

My closet is organized according to color. I have all my tops on a top rack, from light to dark, and all my pants below are organized from light to dark. It’s the same with my dresses. This speeds up time for me because when I feel like wearing a particular color ( which I often do), I can go right to that section.

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I keep 2-3 go-to outfits handy when I’m in a hurry.

I also have that area of my closet, where I have a few go-to outfits that I mentioned earlier. I’m a big believer in having 2-3 “uniforms’ you can wear for things you do routinely. This makes it simple and easy to get dressed and always looks lovely. I have a going to the mall outfit; I keep handy.

Here’s my current going to the movies/lunch outfit I put together. I can always fall back on this outfit if I am in a hurry or too tired to decide what to wear. I’d suggest you put together some go-to outfits and keep them hung together in your closet as a unit. They take the hassle out of dressing, and you always feel confident.

Jewelry dividers help you see what you’ve got and make dressing grab and go simple.

Speed Dressing Tip # 4 – Put Jewelry at Your Fingertips

Jewelry and accessories add so much to an outfit. Still, it is easy to skip this part of your routine because you can’t find where you last set down your earrings, or you can’t see what necklace to wear because it is all tangled up in your jewelry box with several other necklaces.

What you need to do is lay it all out. When I moved to my new house, I had a handyman make me a special wood insert for my drawer to divide and showcase my jewelry. This handy thing has saved me a ton of time because it makes it easy to see and select what to wear. Something as simple as a clear plastic jewelry tray can work. The key is to space out your jewelry so that you can glance, grab, and go.

I hope my speed dressing tips will help take the stress out of your mornings. There’s nothing better than starting your day feeling confident and pulled together from head to toe. What are your speed dressing tips? Please let me know by commenting below.

*This is a sponsored conversation written on behalf of Vaseline. All opinions are mine. 

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3 thoughts on “Speed Dressing Tips That Prevent Morning Stress

  1. I love the jewelry organizer, much prettier than my peg board with hooks in the guest bedroom. I prepare my outfits for the week on Sunday nights because I am definitely NOT a morning person!

  2. Thanks for the great tips. You’ve got my attention about saving time in the mornings by planning ahead. I noticed that you only have one or two colors in your closet besides your neutrals…is there a reason for this? I like many colors but perhaps it would be easier to mix my items if I stuck to only a couple bright colors? I’m in big need of organizing my closet!

    1. Hi Debbie, I actually have all colors in my spring closet, from pinks to peaches, orange, blues, greens, browns, black etc. It may look as though I have few colors because of they way they so they so smoothly blend from light to dark and because I don’t have any winter clothes in there. I remove my winter clothing – which are dark colored come spring to make dressing easier. I do have a large amount of peach,orange and coral in my closet this time of year. They are my best colors that make me shine. I’m big believer in color analysis and wearing colors that bring out the best in you. There are some colors like gray I never go near. Hope that helps.