How To Plan Your Outfits in Advance

I plan what I’m going to wear for the week in advance. In college, my roommates and neighbors definitely made fun of me for this, so I understand that it is a little persnickety; however, it has worked for me since high school, and I don’t plan on stopping.

A couple things you need to know before I explain how to do this:

  • I like to wear all the clothes I own and not just re-wear my favorites over and over. In order to keep track of what I have already worn, at the beginning of the year I make all my hangers come up and under the clothes rod (see picture below). Once I have worn that piece of clothing, I switch the hanger to the normal way of just putting the hanger on the rod. Then in June or July, whatever I have not worn, I donate. I then switch all the hangers under again, repeat the cycle, and donate in December.

  • If the weather is stable/consistent, I can plan outfits for two weeks in advance, but with Colorado’s unpredictable weather, I only plan out my outfits for one week in advance.
  • This process can take me anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, depending on how much I care about what I’m wearing that week, if I’m adding lots of accessories, if I’m actually trying everything on or just organizing it, etc.
  • If something changes in my schedule and I need to change my outfit, it’s not a big deal. I wear something else and then use the initial outfit for the next week.

Now without further ado, here’s the actual how-to:

  • I make a Monday-Sunday list and write the weather and my schedule next to the days (see picture below). I write the temperature down because obviously, I need to be dressed appropriately for the weather. I include my schedule because for example, if I’m going to dinner after work, I need to make sure my outfit can go from day to night easily. Or if I’m walking to work, I plan my shoes accordingly.

  • After I’ve got my weekly list with the weather and my schedule, I go through my clothes and pick some preliminary things I might want to wear that week. If I end up not choosing those things for the week, I simply put them back in their color-coded, type-specific spot (how I organize my closet shall be saved for another post).
  • I try on the outfit, add accessories, make sure it looks put-together, and that it’s comfortable.
  • I put the pants or skirt on clipped hangers, the shirt and jewelry/scarf on another hanger, and put it all together. Or if I’m wearing a dress, I put a sweater or whatever else I’m wearing all on that dress’ hanger.

  • Then I hang the outfits in order from Monday to Sunday in a different part of my closet, and I’m ready for the week.

I’m fully aware that this might be excessive planning, but I really enjoy it. I don’t have to rush around in the morning worrying about what I’m going to wear. I don’t feel like I have nothing to wear because so many of my hangers haven’t been flipped yet, and I know I still have lots of options. All of my clothes get worn or donated. It might seem like a lot of work, but it makes me feel organized and creative.

Try out your own system to save time, feel organized, and to be able to wear all the clothes you own. Do you already outfit-plan? What is your system?

2 thoughts on “How To Plan Your Outfits in Advance

  1. This is a very interesting system. I don’t think I have a system. My decisions on dress is somewhat spontaneous, but I am also the one the primarily wear my favorites, so I may be willing to try something a little different….

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