When you see the same people every day for a prolonged period of time, it can be difficult to avoid repeating outfits and to keep churning out new looks. However, with a little creativity, you can make it happen. From changing up accessories and makeup to dressing up or down with various statement pieces, it can be done. Here are a few ways to keep from repeating the same outfits without having to spend outside your budget.
Arrange your closet/dresser. One of the fastest ways to make sure you don’t repeat outfits too often is to organize your clothes so you can see all the options. Whether this simply means putting your clothes away in the dresser or completely reorganizing your entire clothing storage system, it’s ok. As long as you can see virtually all your options without having to dig through piles of clothing or go through drawers that have been crammed full of clothes, you will be able to keep track of the clothes that you have worn recently and the ones which could use some airing out.
Move clean clothes to the bottom. When you get clean clothes out of the drier, don’t put them at the top of your dresser. We tend to choose the clothes that are closest to hand, and if we always put our freshly laundered clothes on top of the stack, we will never get to the clothes on the bottom. When you put clean clothes away, put them at the bottom of the stack or the back of the dresser. Be sure to wear all of your clothes before repeating outfits.
Preplan. Plan your outfits the night before. This takes some of the stress out of the morning while ensuring you won’t accidentally snatch a shirt that you recently wore in your early morning haze. You can also evaluate what you wore that day while picking the next outfit, deciding whether you liked the style, the colors, or nothing at all. If you are a morning person and you get excited about choosing an outfit for the day, leave the planning for the morning.
Keep track of your outfits. Take a picture of your outfit each day, and save the photos in an easy-to-file and easy-to-access format. Look at the outfits you recently wore and think about how different clothes might be combined to create completely new ensembles. This particular method is best for those with very visual learning and memory and those with a high need for organization.
Repeat outfits that feel great. If you thoroughly enjoyed wearing a particular outfit, and you received compliments and felt great, then by all means wear it again. Perhaps not the next day or the same week, but a few weeks later? Don’t hesitate. You will probably get the same reactions as you did the first time, especially if the ensemble isn’t particularly memorable. While you don’t want to repeat too often so as not to make your coworkers wonder, you shouldn’t let anything stop you from wearing an outfit that makes you feel and look great.
Repeat in different groups. If you are particularly concerned about repeating a specific outfit and being caught doing so, simply wear the outfit to an outing with a different group of people. If you wear it at work on a Monday, you could wear it to a dinner with friends on a Wednesday night without fear of anybody realizing that you were recycling.
Repeat the style, but change the specifics. If you felt that you looked really good in your blue blazer, black slacks, and white button-up, you can repeat the style without fear or repeating the outfit. A white long sleeved shirt with a black skirt and the same blue blazer will be similar enough to create the same effect, but different enough for coworkers to consider you as wearing a different outfit and not the similarities.
Change accessories. One of the easiest ways to make your outfit appear new is to change the accessories. The same black dress with two different belts will look like to different outfits, while subconsciously reinforcing your coworkers’ image of you in that color or style. They will remember you as looking good in a very similar outfit, but they will not realize that the dress is the same both times. Instead, they will simply be impressed that you found a style that works for you. Of course, this can only be done so often is a particular time period before the effect will wear off. You can change even smaller accessories than the belt, as well. A scarf, earrings, or a necklace can all be used to create an ensemble distinct from your previous outfit.
Change the mood. A white dress worn by itself evokes a very pure, angelic image, while simply adding a brown or black leather jacket on top of the dress evokes a tougher image. Very small stylist changes or changes in color can create different impressions of an outfit, turning it into something new.
Change your hair. This may seem trivial, but altering your hair and makeup can affect the way your coworkers perceive your outfit and may prevent them from noticing a repeat. This works best with simple outfits, like a dress or a simple shirt and skirt combination. Letting your hair hang down will give you a freer appearance, while pinning it up on top of your head may make you look more stately or reserved. Small changes in makeup can create or enhance this same effect.
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