We all lost an hour of sleep on Saturday night, and that might haunt us well into the week - so what better time to focus on the simplest of outfits for work? These looks (two for her, two for him) will get both of you out the door ASAP, thereby saving time when Daylight Savings Time is getting you down. Here are a few tips that can hasten everyone's morning dressing routine:
- Pick out your outfit the night before. Yes, you just want to get to bed, but five minutes the night before can save fifteen minutes of hemming and hawing the next morning.
- Stick to a tight color palette - like the blue, black, white and grey selections here.
- Focus on sweaters and knit tops to minimize last minute ironing.
- Have an organized closet, so you're not wasting time hunting down that perfect piece.
IT'S A WRAP
A dress is one of the easiest looks to pull together, since it's essentially an outfit unto itself. Add your go-to leather moto jacket, black booties and that goes-with-everything bag, and you're ready lickety-split. What can make it even better? Pick out your favorite printed wrap dress, and besides saving time, you'll also enjoy the benefits of this wardrobe workhorse. What's so good about a printed wrap dress?
- The wrap silhouette (faux or real) flatters almost every figure - so everyone can enjoy.
- The wrapping/ruching at the waist and midsection provide a nice amount of coverage if you've indulged a little too much over the winter season.
- An allover print distracts the eye - again, helping to camouflage and conceal anything you might not be the proudest of.
Yes, you have a standby suit, but you rarely wear the jacket and pants together, right? Well this is the time to do it - it's almost a full outfit already, so you just need a top and accessories and you're good to go. In this look, a striped shirt casual-izes the suit, and the floral pumps add that needed touch of femininity. What else is great about a suit?
- Wearing one color head to toe lengthens and makes you appear taller.
- It's not just a suit - it's a blazer and pants that effortlessly integrate into your wardrobe, making it a worthwhile investment.
PICK A COLOR
Guys' outfits are intrinsically simpler than women's, since there are so many less choices. But it can still be a drudge when you're dragging in the early morning - so one quick way to make it easier is to pick a color - just one color. Pick out a sweater/shirt combo based in the same color (so no questions as to whether this color goes with that), and then grab a neutral pair of pants. Done. What's makes layering a sweater and shirt worth it?
- A sweater as your outer layer means that you don't have to iron your shirt (a sweater rarely needs to be ironed, unless you've crumpled it into a ball).
- A punchy color near the face can flatter your skintone better than a washed out neutral, so it makes you look a little more awake as you adjust to the time change.
This week, does the process of even matching a shirt and sweater sound intimidating? Then replace your button-down and v-neck routine with a patterned crewneck sweater. A crewneck under your suit adds a splash of personality, and takes the formality of a suit down a notch. And you look a little more pulled together when you remove your blazer than all the guys just in shirtsleeves. What's so good about a printed crewneck sweater?
- A crewneck is super versatile - with a suit during the week, jeans on date night, or a sweatshirt replacement with shorts.
- Prints work the same way for men as women - they visually distract the eye, so they hide any over-indulgence better than a solid can.
Light grey wool blazer, trousers by Reiss. Cashmere striped crewneck sweater by Club Monaco. Belt by Banana Republic. Blue loafers by Kurt Geiger. Bandana-print pocket square by Bonobos. Sunglasses by Persol, from Club Monaco.