Despite having a crazy short week thanks to the snow and the approaching long weekend, I’m still really excited for it to be Friday. Who else is ready for the weekend?
This week we are talking outfit planning… a topic that I think is relevant to a lot more than just fashion bloggers. Afterall, who among us hasn’t planned an outfit for some event or another? Or maybe you’re always planning your next outfit. Below you are going to see the input of dozens of other bloggers who talk about all the outfit planning and preparation that goes into running a fashion blog. I’m sure there will be some pretty amazing pointers to pick up on.
2. Do you plan outfits out in advance for a whole week, month, weekend? I only pre-plan when there is some big event coming up. A fashion meet-up, a speaking engagement, a fashion consultation. And even that pre-planning is usually only the day before. I have a lot of ideas that swirl around in my head for possible outfits but I never know what is going to come out until the moment I’m getting dressed.
3. Do you have any specific way of tracking outfits and items already worn so you don’t repeat? I remember fairly well the outfits I wore over the last weeks and month. But I think a large part of that is the fact that I’ve constantly photographing, doctoring and posting the outfit. In college and as an early young professional I never could remember what I had worn to the last class or company meeting. Now the outfits are a little more ingrained in me. If I’m ever not sure of what I wore I flip over to my Photobucket account and view all the recent uploads at once. (Even for non-bloggers, but people who care about not repeating Photobucket is ideal. You can make your album private and write little notes about when you wore the thing and what event it was worn too.)
4. How do you discover new combinations of items in your closet? I think I come up with new outfits in three ways. One – I dream it up on the spot. Seriously, some of the best outfits are ones that I just pulled together while standing in my closet crunched for time. Two – I see someone wearing something that I can emulate and file that outfit idea in the back of my head to retrieve later. This includes all the stylish bloggers I read daily. Three – The suggestions of others. A lot of the people in my life are pretty open with saying what looks good and what doesn’t. They are also quick to offer suggestions. Some comments I ignore. Others I take and make my own.
5. To streamline the process for 2011 what is one new thing you can do to cut down your dressing time? What I’m working on now is making my jewelry more accessible. I find that on the mornings when I am in a rush the last thing I want to do is dig through a pile of accessories in a drawer to find something that goes. And since it is often an experimentation process to find the right combination, having them at my fingers tips will make it easier to remember and try on. I’d also like to come up with a better way to organize my closet.