Finding something out of nothing to wear

August 28, 2012

For Mum

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It’s a good morning!!! Hmmmmm … or is it?

You are already running late and the day has barely launched.

Typical though, hey?

The kids are up and dressed for school with brushed hair and clean teeth. Their lunches are made and a row of packed lunchboxes is lined up along the bench.Breakfast dishes have been loaded into the dishwasher and the kitchen is now respectable(ish). Feels like a day’s work has been done already.

BUT you, however, are still in your pyjamas, frantically eyeing the clock, because Mum getting ready comes last. It always does. A perk of the job really, isn’t it?

Off you dash, in a mad haste, don’t want to be any later than late.


You pull on an outfit but there’s something not quite right and off that shirt goes, tossed onto the bed. Looking, looking, looking ….. searching through the wardrobe (that is of course full of nothing to wear) you try another which is even worse and quickly the clock ticks.

ARGGGHHHHH, forget about the dreaded bad-hair day, things are even worse – it’s a rotten-clothes day! Another three combinations of tops and bottoms later, you finally decide upon an outfit that feels wearable and looks – at best – ‘fine’ ….. but boy, oh, boy what a crappy start to the day it’s been.

I bet you’ve lived this too. I know that I have (hrhrmm yesterday morning cough, cough) and I understand exactly how much these sorts of mornings really suck.

Don’t fret though, I have a plan that may help deal with future episodes of rotten-clothes-day-itis because starting the day feeling good is really so important. Face it, your morning’s mood can have a huge impact on how the entire day unfolds.

The Problem:

It’s one of those mornings where every change of outfit makes you feel frumpy, uncomfortable and just plain ol’ out of sorts.

The Tip:

  • Pick a moment in time when you are not rushing and when you are feeling good about the world and life in general (this is more important than you’d think)
  • Go through your wardrobe and try on a range clothes to create THREE (3) outfits that are deadset winners. These outfits are ones that you feel comfortable in and possibly even attract compliments :)
  • From top-to-bottom including shoes and accessories, make a note of these complete ensembles and know where to find them in your wardrobe in a hurry on a day that would otherwise be heading for an outfit meltdown
  • My thinking is wearing the same clobber to work (or play) twice in a week is ultimately better than having a day or two spent feeling self-conscious and miserable.

What do you do when you have a rotten-clothes-day morning? Do you change a billion times until something satisfies or do you soldier on regardless?


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12 Responses to “Finding something out of nothing to wear”

  1. K@DragonflyMumma Says:

    Great tips, even for a SAHM like me especially when attending things like playgroup etc. It also makes a heap of difference to your self confidence if you are confident in what you are wearing. I am one of those people that changes outfits a thousand times and then I get all flustered and angry lol…


    • Shari Says:

      I don’t think you can underestimate the importance of being confident in what you are wearing – the discomfort in wearing something you feel crappy in is dreadful isn’t it!
      I’ve certainly had plenty of past experiences with the whole flustered and angry morning routine too! It’s no fun at all.
      Glad you found this helpful x


  2. Kelly @ HT and T Says:

    When I’m working, it’s easy to get dressed because I have to wear “office” clothes, and throwing these together is a no brainer. When I’m at home, it’s a huge drama, because there is so much more choice, no guidelines, no restrictions! I can’t soldier on regardless. It would bother me all day. So sometimes, I’ll go with something, and then change when I’ve had some time to think about it!


    • Shari Says:

      Hey Kelly :) I love the idea of “office” clothes to make dressing on work mornings easier. I think you’ve nailed it with choice being the downfall. How can we have so much to choose from but still nothing to wear lol?!


  3. Yvette @ DTlilsquirts Says:

    As a SAHM I wear my good jeans to go out, make cookies, paint and ruin pretty much all my tshirts..

    When it comes to going out and looking good.. I can never find anything that doesn’t look like a child has attacked it!

    some great advice there!

    you have been visited by a member of #teamIBOT :)


    • Shari Says:

      Oh yes Yvette – I totally understand feeling like a child has rampaged every item of clothing! I’ve got some kiddie-paint-stained T-shirts that I just can’t bear to be rid of :)
      Thanks so much for calling by :)


  4. Rachel from Redcliffe Style Says:

    Yes! Often. Especially when the seasons are changing and I realise my emergency outfits aren’t going to work anymore. Rachel x

    #teamIBOT was here


  5. Rachel @ The Kids Are All Right Says:

    Sounds like me every morning. If it wasn’t for jeans and t-shirts I’d be in real trouble. But when I have to “wear something nice” I don’t seem to ever have anything in my wardrobe that fits me, or looks good with anything else in my wardrobe. I have a lot of almost outfits. It’s a great idea to have a few go to outfits – and then I’d just need to make sure they were always clean and ironed :)


  6. homelifeloves Says:

    I used to have this problem but I now work somewhere that has a uniform. Problem gone :)


  7. jess Says:

    I love this idea.
    Most of my clothes dilemmas are based on if I’m having a fat day or not, and those are impossible to predict!


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