Do you want your holiday outfits to reflect the joy and beauty of the season? Read on to allow me to help you organize yourself so that you’re looking your best throughout the hustle and bustle.
Follow these steps to make holiday planning - at least the fashion part! - a breeze:
- Create a list of events you plan to attend.
- For each of these events, consider the following:
- time and location
- attendees (family, friends, colleagues, business partners)
- type of event (informal cocktail party or formal dinner)
- Download my Holiday Planning Template (available at the bottom of this page) and enter all of your party/event information.
- With all of your outfit needs in front of you on the template, group the events into similar categories. The template is designed to indicate if events are similar in time, type and location. Are there similar events to where you can don the same outfit? Terrific! Just remember to keep in mind if the attendees will be the same or similar for each event. Your blue sparkle dress may be one-of-a-kind, but only if you wear it sparingly! Alternatively, you can choose the same outfit, but change something significant about it, so you give the impression that it is different and freshly chosen for each event. Recycling is not only fashionable for the environment, it’s the smart thing to do when planning your wardrobe for the holidays!
- Getting back to the template. Let’s use an example given your needs for the season:
- 2 formal outfits for corporate events
- 2 less-formal outfits for dinners with friends
- 1 casual lunch outfit for a lodge weekend
- 1 casual brunch outfit for two family events
First phase of planning is complete! Nice work! Now for the fun part…
- Go to your closet to determine what you have and what you need. Do you just need a new pair of shoes or some accessories to change up one formal outfit or do you need a whole new outfit to make a splash at the boss’s holiday get-together?
- Create a shopping list. Be specific. Indicate what you need (dress, shoes, accessories) and for which particular outfit. It is important to be clear on WHAT you’re looking for, but not so specific so as to halt your party-planning progress, making the holidays less fun. I might also suggest that you take along items you already have to assure the best match with shoes, separates, and even accessories. You know best what looks good when you see the items together.
- Last step: take what you would like to purchase and try everything on in the fitting room. Make sure it looks good (and good on you!) so you only have to visit the store once and avoid returns later on.
That’s it! When you plan your outfits ahead (when you plan anything ahead really!), it will not only save you time, but will also lower the stress. And we all know that the holiday season - though wonderful - produces enough of that!