Admit it… you’ve felt it.
In the time between rolling out of bed and turning into a business ninja you lost your drive, your excitement, and your powers of productivity.
You may say that you aren’t awake yet because you haven’t had your morning dose of caffeine or an interruption caused chaos to break out in your brain.
But the truth is your day started by staring into the abyss that is your closet and you had to decide what to wear this morning.
Your brain was challenged when you had to individually choose a top, a bottom, socks, shoes, and undergarments. Then you had to decide how to wear your hair, what makeup to wear, whether or not to shower, and in addition to figuring out what’s clean, what’s presentable, and what the heck is going on today. Throw in a little self-doubt, a few interruptions, your lack of caffeine, and your morning can start off bad before you even open your computer!
The hard truth: Online Entrepreneurs are missing HUGE opportunities to take back their morning because they aren’t taking their closets seriously.
I’ve gathered 6 Simple Ways You Can Calm Your Closet, Be More Productive, and Save Your Energy for Your Business.
1. Have a “uniform” for your work day
The most successful people in the world wear the same type of outfit every day. Two of the most popular examples are the men who run the world – well one is the President of the United States and the other is the CEO of Facebook. I’d say pretty darn close to running the world!
President Obama wears a blue or gray suit every day and Mark Zuckerberg wears a gray t-shirt and jeans. They don’t have to decide anything in the morning when it comes to their attire. They simply pick the outfit in front of them and they go run their part of the universe.
Wouldn’t that be nice?
How can your closet have the ease same ease as the “one outfit” closets named above? It’s simple (simple still takes time, effort, and focus)
- Make sure each item in your closet can be paired with three other items
- Make sure your outfit can go to more than one place with you. Note: there are a few exceptions like wedding or funeral attire.
For example: I can wear my sweater dress with tights, leggings, or jeans. It can be worn for my workday, to church, running errands, speaking engagements, ladies events like bridal/baby showers, and date night. I can wear it anytime the weather is below 60*. My long sleeved black shirts or short sleeved plain t-shirts go great underneath it. The sweater dress goes with my tennis shoes, cute ankle boots, and my flats. I can wear most of my necklaces and earrings with it.
This is how I would use my sweater dress in my everyday life. One piece of clothing gives me many options, it can be worn many places and in many situations. With your next load of laundry think about each piece of clothing and see if you can pair a few outfits for each top and each bottom you put away.
2. Keep up With Laundry
Can you hear me groaning as I type this?
I hate putting away clothes; I despise putting them away nicely, and I HATE having to go on a scavenger hunt to put one stinking outfit together. You KNOW that looking for ONE sock can be frazzling, it can throw your day off, and it definitely makes it hard to keep your calm. Keeping up with laundry is by far the most effective way to have your closet looking great because having a “grab and go” closet is awesome!
3. Know where you are going today, or better yet where you’re going this week.
This sounds SO SIMPLE and it is.
- Where are you going?
- What’s on your calendar for the next few days?
- Can you plan your outfits a few days in advance?
- What is the weather going to be like?
- Do you need a dress for an event on Saturday and speaking attire on Thursday?
Are any of those outfits clean? See previous tip. <cue groan>
4. Have a plan for In Real Life Connections – Client appointments, networking meetings, and conferences
Be sure to dress for the occasion. Dressing up is good, but try not to be under dressed.
When you’re meeting someone, like a client, for the first time whether one-on-one or at a conference it’s always good to wear something that makes you look like your best self. It could be a dress and flats, nice pants and a button up shirt, or even a skirt, sweater, and scarf combo. Be sure to finish your look off with makeup, simple jewelry, and a nice laptop/work bag.
For less formal meetings - Dark wash jeans are great with sweaters, button up shirts, or even cute flowy blouses. Avoid tight fitting pants unless wearing a sweater the length of a dress (aka your shirt should cover your bum if you are wearing leggings).
Above all BE COMFORTABLE! You don’t want to fidget with bra straps, skirts that are too short, shoes that are unbearably uncomfortable, or pants that seem to ride up with each movement.
Think about the next few events coming up and peruse your closet to see if you have enough outfits to cover those meetings.
5. Have a Plan for Online Videos, Live Chats, or other “in person” methods
Being on camera can be a great way to expand your audience and it’s a great way to share information with your tribe.
You will want to lean toward colors that look best on you. You can also start with teals and blues near your face because they make everyone look great on camera, especially gem tone shades of teal and navy. Most TV stylists recommend not wearing red, white, or black as the color balance gets thrown off so be aware of how these colors look on camera.
Wear solid colors because prints can look like they are pulsing on screen, so avoid them to make sure your viewers don’t get dizzy. Overall don’t let the full picture be too busy with prints and colors; simplicity can be your friend.
Be careful of the angle of the camera. It is better to have the camera slightly above you for the “head shots” and for full body shots test out angles with your camera. Typically the full body videos look better if you are slightly angled instead of straight on. Be aware of low shirts and oversized scarves – you’ll want to look your best!
Style your hair away from your face because it can cast shadows. Regular makeup and simple jewelry are great choices because they will look good on camera and the jewelry shouldn’t create extra noises that could compete with your voice. Be sure to SMILE and inject your personality in your clothing choices.
6. Know Your Personal Style
Personal style is a lot like branding for businesses.While website colors, fonts, and logos give the reader an idea of the business you created. Your personal style gives the person you’re speaking with a sense of who you are on the inside. But what if you won’t see anyone today? You WILL see yourself in the mirror and finding your personal style helps build confidence and it makes you feel at home in your own skin!
How do you go about finding your personal style?
- What colors are you drawn to that make you feel happy? Wear those!
- Have a favorite style of clothing that makes you feel your best?
- What makes you, YOU?
- Do you have a signature scarf or a wicked cat-eye?
- Is your overall vibe trendy-chic or vintage-bohemian?
Pick unique elements that make you feel like yourself. Remember you’re not running a corporate law-firm (kudos if you are!) you’re running an online business that reflects your style, your personality, and your drive.
The common denominator is YOU!
If you find yourself going through your closet wanting to know more about finding your personal style take a look below at the signature block below. In my challenge “30 Days to Your Best Closet Ever” I share my best tips on personal style and guide you through getting your closet in tip-top shape. Because you are a Nora Conrad reader you will be getting actionable emails that can help you re-assess your wardrobe so you can create a calm closet and be more productive so you can rock in business.
To wrap up
I’d love to tell you that creating a wardrobe you love will be easy. I’d love to tell you that there are shortcuts. I’d love to tell you that getting dressed in the morning will be effortless from here on out. But I won’t, because we’re being honest here, right?
Being more productive in the morning requires finding the clothes that work for you. It requires keeping up with laundry, and having a plan for the upcoming day. Having a great wardrobe is the same as having a great anything else… it takes a bit of work and focused effort to make it happen. If you’re willing to put in the time, then you will benefit from a calmer closet and you can look forward to more productive mornings. It will be tough, but it’s worth it.
So what are you waiting for? You have work to do! Your closet is calling.
Hi! I'm Laura Gutknecht (goot-nick). I am a pony-tail wearing, jeans loving girl who knows a thing or two about fashion. I started Style Pep Talks as a way to help women find their spark, their confidence, and their personal sense of style. I'm looking for the DIY girl who can take a good look at herself in the mirror, take my knowledge, and rock it in her wardrobe.