Busy Moms know that one of the time consuming routines in the morning is finding the right outfit to wear. Some plan ahead and lay their outfit out for the next day. Others may struggle to juggle every minute of their day into the evening. Mornings can be hectic and finding something that is right (or fits) can add to an overwhelming feeling before leaving the house for the day.
One solution that is being explored is totally simplifying the process with a “look”. For some it means wearing the same style suit but changing up an accessory like adding a scarf or changing earrings. Amy Zinck, vice president of the Terra Foundation for American Art told the Chicago Tribune “If you are worried about what you’re wearing, you’re not very present”.
What do achievers wear? Theranos Chairman, CEO and founder Elizabeth Holmes likes having her go to top which is a black turtleneck and blazer. Emmanuelle Alt, editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris usually wears a simple outfit of button down shirts, blazers and fitted pants. Simplifying their wardrobes helps create an identifiable look, like Steve Jobs always being seen in a black turtleneck.
While some people thrive when there are lots of change and choices, for most the brain responds better with fewer decisions. Daniel Levitin, a cognitive neuro-scientist and author of “The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload” said that making decisions depletes the brain and hinders the ability to think clearly. Having a consistent looking wardrobe might not be right for everyone. We can simplify by eating the same thing for breakfast, or changing a routine to be the same every day.
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Finding the right look: Wearing the same basics may not be for everyone. One option is to find a brand of clothing that is appealing and ask the salesperson to help assemble outfits that go together. Retailers like White House Black Market, Sears and Nordstrom’s offer consultations and even an additional discount if you schedule time with a sales associate. The service is free and having the outfits pre-selected has the same effect as wearing the same basics each day.
Consistency for your daughter: Deciding what to wear isn’t only a challenge for moms-girls especially struggle with picking out their outfits for school (unless they wear a uniform). Adopting a similar plan of finding a style that feels good to your daughter and helping her to pull together a look that is simple with easy mix and match options will reduce stress.
Simplifying routines: Think about what takes up the most time in the morning-is it making a different breakfast and lunch each day, deciding what work-out routine to do that day or choosing what to cook for dinner? Making one of these things the same or planning it out so the decision is made before the morning can help keep the brain fresh for other decisions throughout the day.
Would wearing the same basics each day help your daily routine or do you prefer to change it up? Let us know on Facebook. We love hearing from you!