Weekday 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. With so little time, it’s tempting some days to want to skip the things you know you need to do to look stylish and pulled together. 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 very good 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.
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 -Take 2 minutes to Plan and Visualize What to Wear
When I used to work in TV as a producer/host (my first career before blogging) 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 photoshoot or going to a blogging conference, or meeting with a marketing executive. What I’ve found is that if I do plan ahead, 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.
Speed Dressing Tip # 3 – Organize Your Closet so You Can SEE What’s In There
Getting Dressed in the morning can grind to halt when you can’t see what to wear because your closet is so 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, organized from light to dark too. 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.
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.
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 others 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.