You’re vaccinated. You’re running errands and shopping for groceries in person. You’re getting back to dating, making travel plans, and even have an event coming soon. This is great news, but it can also be perplexing. Why? You’re putting outfits together once again—outfits that don’t include yoga or sweat pants and definitely not tie dye! Do you even know how to dress for public view anymore?
If the thought of putting outfits together stresses you out, I have the BEST solution for this conundrum: plan your looks in advance. Simple!
Yes, this means that days, maybe even weeks in advance of a date, a special occasion event, or a job interview, you will have to spend an hour or two on putting an outfit together, trying it on, getting opinions, and maybe even shopping for any necessary elements to complete the look. But before you start complaining about the added effort, please consider the reasons for planning your styles in advance.
1. Your body changed during the pandemic.
Maybe you gained weight or lost weight. Maybe you spent the pandemic lifting weights and added muscle. Whatever the case may be, your body has probably changed since March 2020, while your wardrobe did not. Have you even tried on any of your cocktail dresses lately? Do they still fit?
Look, before putting outfits together, you need to test in advance if your go-to clothes for dates, events, and job interviews even fit. Don’t wait until the last minute. At least a week prior to the occasion, try on your selected fashion.
2. Styles have changed.
How did fashion change over the course of a pandemic? I don’t know, but it has. Things that were very in early last year are not in anymore. When putting outfits together, you want to ensure they’re still fashionably up to date. And if not, well, it’s time to do some shopping. By planning in advance, you’ll be giving yourself the time you need to do so.
3. You want to feel confident, don’t you?
COVID-19 precautions have relaxed. If you’re vaccinated, it’s no longer necessary to wear a mask outdoors. And, if you’re vaccinated and among other people who are also vaccinated, you may not even need to wear a mask indoors either! Giving up our masks feels, well, risky, which can make us feel a little insecure.
Add to that any changes in your body, skin, or hair, feeling socially out of practice, or just plain not being used to the world anymore, our confidence levels have really taken a hit. But, if you do some prepping and planning as you’re putting together outfits, you’ll certainly feel more comfortable and confident in your selected clothes. And that can help you a lot as you get reacquainted with being a social person once again.
So, it’s simple. Just plan in advance. Give yourself well enough time to get things tailored, if necessary, shop, play with accessories, etc. Don’t worry. It won’t always be this way. You’ll get back into the swing of things in no time, and pretty soon, putting outfits together will be a breeze.