What I Learned From Planning My Outfits Monday Through Friday

Gina Marinelli

Close to midnight on a Sunday night is not an ideal time to start any work project. But that's where I found myself two weeks ago as I pulled clothes out of my closet and dresser drawers and placed them into piles on my couch. These were all the possible outfit combinations I could think of, and it took me about 45 minutes until I felt good enough to go to sleep. This was the beginning of my experiment to try planning my outfits for a week.

In full transparency, the concept isn't anywhere near new. And it's been widely reported (see: Forbes, Inc., and our very own MyDomaine) that laying out your clothes for the week before can be a productivity boost. Take it a step further and some believe that having a specific daily uniform can even help you make better decisions during the week, as you've already eliminated the "what to wear" one every day (FYI: President Obama practised this during his time in office).

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@ginaalilbit; PICTURED: My couch (and bare walls—bear with me, I just moved in) filled with outfit ideas for the week.

Admittedly I wasn't prepared to go that far. Actually, I was hesitant to do it at all, which explains why I didn't actually make progress until right before bed on a Sunday night. But for the sake of seeing what my week would be like if I—someone who's never worn a uniform and finds getting dressed to be a very mood-based activity—actually put time aside every weekend to think ahead, I bit the bullet.

The long story short is that it was kind of great, but it was not all great. What I missed in getting dressed on the fly I noticed immediately. On the other hand, by the end of the week, I felt quite smug about my speedy morning routine. To get a better sense of the pros and cons, I've laid them out below alongside this week's outfits.

Up next: I wouldn't consider myself to be a sneaker person, but these are the pairs I love.

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