HOW TO PLAN TO DRESS FOR YOUR MOOD

Lizzi Richardson wearing all black outfit. A sheer blouse with a satin skirt. Lead photo on the blog for How to plan to dress for your mood.

To dress for you mood is such an important factor, I believe it’s the key ingredients to feeling confident.

Here’s how to plan for it.

Planning for your mood, doesn’t sound right – does it? And yet if you want to be ‘winning at life’ with feeling confident in every step you take during the day – you’ve got to be organised and you’ve got to wear what makes you happy.

Running late, throwing anything on to just ‘be dressed‘ is not going to get your day started right – so with a little planning in advance and going with your gut feeling on what you want to wear that day, will put you in a good mood.  Good moods mean you take the ups and the downs of the day in a much more positive manner, which in turn makes those around you feel better too.

Now we will park the fact that if I could wear what I want everyday in my fantasy world of being a Bridgerton sister who just simply wears fabulous gowns from morning, noon to night – the reality of my working life is I have to wear ‘business-casual’ a challenging brief for a mood dresser – who could be in business mode one day and wanting to be cool and casual the next – but hey that’s life!

I often hear the moans that mornings are challenging for time, regardless of the type of lifestyle or who lives with you, we all have our own unique morning routines; and yet we all wish to head out looking fabulous! Here are some tips to get you started, and tweak accordingly!

KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE

If you can’t see it, you won’t wear it – because you’ll forget that you own it.

If you want to avoid the light bulb moments of recalling say, a pair of shoes that you think will work well and then you act like a crazy woman opening every single box to find them and don’t have the time to put away the mess you’ve created (yes, this is a reflection of me some mornings!) then keep the shoes for the current season out of their boxes so you can easily grab or put back.

Same with jewellery – have many jewellery boxes so that necklaces and bracelets are laid out or earrings and rings stored in the cushions, again not in boxes. I have a box for statement jewellery, a box for silver and gold classic items and a box of distinctive larger pieces that are for more special occasions – this way I know which box to grab, according to mood or the event I am dressing for.

CURATE THE CLOTHES YOU WISH TO WEAR RIGHT NOW

In my younger years I was taught to change my clothes by the two seasons – Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer – I no longer do this, for many reasons. I try not to put a tag on a lot of clothes, but that said winter is winter and summer is summer, they are really for those seasons. Then I find any spring or autumn pieces can be worn all year round and these are what I consider to be my basics. I hang these out or put them away according to my mood.

We can only fit a finite amount of clothes, shoes and bags in the space we have where we are dressing – so in this space should only be what you want to wear for the next 6-8 weeks.

Planning just for the next month or so, enables you to plan for not only the weather, but events you have coming up and also it helps you put away those items you wear all the time and get out some pieces out that perhaps need some styling to get the ‘cost-per-wear‘ value down.

And then there is your mood; how are you feeling about said item, right now? You might be in love with it or maybe not – you need to have it out or put it away based on this mood.

Aim to only have in your curated space, items you are loving – it’s the best foundation to start building from.

All black outfit worn by Lizzi Richardson - sheer blouse, satin skirt

“Aim to only have in your curated space, items you are loving – it’s the best foundation to start building from.”

AS YOU CURATE, YOU PLAN

No one justs throws something on and suddenly looks really put-together and styled head-to-toe; and definitely not stylists! They have played around, they know what works together and what doesn’t, and they have pre-planned every little detail – and you can easily do this too!

As you curate, you try the items on and have a little play – the outfits you love you take a photo of, either a mirror selfie or lay the items out on a bed and take a flatlay photo.

If you are trying on a shirt – try two to three bases like a skirt, a pair of trousers and then jeans – make notes of what works well and what perhaps doesn’t – try accessories with it too – again making notes by taking photos or writing it down (whatever works for you)

If you’ve scaled down your shoes and bags like I suggested for just what you will use for the next few weeks, you then limit your options which makes for easier styling when you are time poor.

EVERY OUTFIT STARTS WITH ONE THING

And this my friend, is how you plan to dress for you mood.

If you have done all the steps above, and have everything you wish to wear out in view – you then pick one item that you are in the mood to wear.

This can be a pair of shoes, a top or a dress; I can say stuff like ‘I am in the mood for my red knee length boots’ (this was actually me this week, on an office day) I grabbed them and then went to my dresses next – I only had three dresses that could be worn with them, so this narrowed my decisions helping me to pick easily (don’t forget I’ve already been through the process of ‘what do I wish to wear over the next few weeks’) so now I am putting in to place exactly that.

So you start with one item, then build on it with the most obvious next choice, and continue to build on from there – sometimes I can be dressed in five minutes and sometimes it’s twenty minutes – but hey that’s okay, I’ve twenty minutes in my morning routine for just that!

LISTEN

Episode 68 I chat through How to plan to dress for your mood on STYLING MATTERS, the tips I’ve shared here along with extra discussion on how I do it.

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