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A 5 Day Wardrobe Plan

Yes, I’m back. I have not blogged in a month. I haven’t been out of the country. I haven’t been seriously ill, thankfully. I guess I haven’t been inspired to write. I always have at least 4-5 ideas bouncing around in my head for posts. Yet, getting them down in writing has been nearly impossible. I just didn’t feel like writing. Then I went through a streak where I just didn’t know what to write that hadn’t been said or would be unique. I guess bloggers are allowed the writer’s block too. I enjoy my blog, so hopefully this post will get me back on track!

It took a Sunday evening conversation with my sister to get me going. We really didn’t even talk about the blog, but in the middle of our typical topics, she explained how she tried on her outfits for the week. Note, she didn’t just lay them out, she tried everything on. How many times have you been getting dressed in the morning (after it was laid out) and it just doesn’t feel or look quite right. You can’t be late, so you just end up wearing it anyway. All day it irritates you in some way. A bad outfit day is just as miserable as a bad hair day.

I decided to use her idea and tried it for myself. Now, I don’t have to leave for work early. I often plan out what I’m going to wear the night before. But just like many of you, every minute is valuable before going to work.

We all know how planning meals helps our household run smoothly. Try the same thing with your wardrobe.

Here are some suggestions before you make your plan.

1. Check the 5 day forecast

2. Think about your activities during the week. Do you have a meeting where you need to be dressed differently? Will you be outside more than usual? Do you have to do a lot of running around? As I thought about my week, I realized I have a shorter shift one day so that right away made me think that I could plan my outfit around  a pair of shoes that I typically can’t handle all day. I also chose 2 outfits with wool. It’s been cold here and since this is often our coldest month, I want to get the wear out of these things while I can. Many days I’m too warm in wool at work.

3. Choose a back-up outfit just in case.

Here are some photos of my 5 Day Plan. Remember the purpose of this was to show you how I laid things out, NOT to show my outfits in detail. I did lay jewelry out because it is something that I do spend time choosing each day. I then just hung everything back in my closet in order so I’m ready for the week. If I want to switch the days around I can especially if the forecast is off or I”m just not “feeling it”.


 What do you think? Is this a doable plan for you?


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  • Kris Wolverton

    I like your plan Karen. Glad your back. Was wondering if you’d been traveling or ill.

    January 16, 2013 at 4:29 pm Reply
  • Erin Houy

    I LOVE this idea Karen! I try to do it each night for the next day, but I can see how a week at a time would be even more beneficial. I’m going to try it!

    January 17, 2013 at 11:58 am Reply
  • Laurie

    Great idea! I lay my stuff out the night before, but then I feel like I am wearing the same thing every day. It great advice to lay out several days in a row so you don’t get in a rut. I love all the accessories that you are showing. It helps me to visualize what I should be combining with things. Thanks for your great tips, as usual!

    January 17, 2013 at 11:59 am Reply
  • Marge

    I am “the sister” who tried on 5 outfits for the week. The reason I tried them on was to mix and match my outfits so I didn’t always wears the same combinations. Who has time for that in the morning before work? Not only did I try outfits, I chose the shoes/boots I would wear as well as the accessories. Then I ironed or steamed everything so it was ready to go. The only thing I forgot to do was check the weather forecast. Where I live, it was unseasonably cold, so I had to make some adjustments mid-week. I was pleased how the week went and plan to do it again for next week.

    January 18, 2013 at 5:23 pm Reply
  • Angela

    I work at home a few days a week but i set out my clothes, shoes, undergarments, jewelry for my ‘in office’ days, much easier!

    January 22, 2013 at 4:43 pm Reply
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