My scientific outfit formula
I’m one of those psychopaths who plans out their outfits the night before.
I also make my bed every morning and don’t leave empty cups in my room. Yes, i’m a rare, mysterious breed and I know I could talk at length about the number of unpopular things I do, but I’d like to focus on the just the outfit thing for now, mkay?
So, the outfit thing; I’ve done this since I was a little kid in some capacity or another. Every night I lay out some, if not all, of the components of my outfit for the next day. Partly because I love clothes, and partly because I recognized the efficiency of this activity. It’s just like making your lunch the night before (which I do too) to save time. For some reason this made sense in the mind of little me, and still does.
My outfit planning abilities have definitely advanced since those early days though, and I’ve developed somewhat of a formula for putting together my outfits together. Whether that be in advance, or on the day of as I scramble to get out the door.
Start from the bottom:
In my world, all top choices depend on what’s on the bottom. So start with your pants/skirt first (think about what shoes you’ll where while your down there too) and then work your way up. If you’re going to wear a dress or jumpsuit of some kind then your work load is cut in half. Also think about socks and other undergarments. Certain outfits require certain undergarments, so you want to be prepared for that.
Now add your top:
Think- will the length and of this top work with the rise on these pants? Will I need to wear two layers on top, like a blouse plus a cardigan? Will this shirt be too thick to fit under that sweater? All important questions that must be answered. Consider your outerwear, if you even need it. Depending on the weather you might not and that’s really a bonus.
Complete your equation with additional embellishments:
It’s cliché yes, but you NEED to accessorize. Add a scarf, add some jewelry, add a fishing rod for all I care. As long as it’s something. Something that elevates your outfit from purely dressing for warmth to dressing for appearance.
Factor in time for one last look:
Before heading out the door, take one last minute to analyze your outfit. Does it look how you want it to? Is everything proportional? Will I be warm enough in this jacket? In some cases it may be too late to make any changes, but it’s always good to be aware. You wouldn’t want to get out in public and then realize that your pants are on inside out.
As you can see, based on my formula for putting together outfits, the art of dressing well really is a science. One that repeatedly tests the bounds of my creativity. Though I am yet to master it, and I’m not completely devoid of my own outfit snafus, every day I get dressed is another step towards achieving total outfit bliss.