FBFF Q&A: Avoiding the clothes hurricane.

13 Jan
This was my 1.11.11 outfit

Standing in front of my open closet doors the other day I hollered to no one in particular that I don’t know what to wear, I have too many cute clothes to choose from. (I know!) I was actually saying this to the hubby but it’s like that saying about if a tree falls in the forest and there’s no one to hear it, did it actually make any noise? If I’m squawking away in front of my closet but he only hears sweet melodic background noise, am I actually saying anything? (Don’t answer.)

This claim is actually an advanced version of the old “I have nothing to wear” proclamation. I had tons to wear, just no idea what. I was tired the night before and didn’t do what I normally do. What’s that, you ask? Continue reading and you shall have your answer.

It’s Friend Friday and the topic this week is about how we determine what we’re going to wear. What’s your magic process?

FBFF: How do you determine what you will wear that day?
FJ: Often I already have something in mind. Either it’s a style I’m in the mood for, or a color. More often than not, I know what color I’m in the mood for. Isn’t that funny? I do this the night before. Every once in a blue moon, by morning I may no longer want to wear that color but usually I do. The other wild card is that sometimes I may have an accessory or shoes in mind and will create an outfit around that one single thing.

FBFF: Do you plan outfits out in advance for a whole week, month, weekend?
FJ: No, planning that far ahead stresses me out. I’m too much of a perfectionist to want to do that to myself! Just the night before, or maybe something I’ll want to wear in the next day or two. 

FBFF: Do you have any specific way of tracking outfits and items already worn so you don’t repeat?
FJ: Gosh no! I’m a chronic repeater. If I love an outfit, I’ll wear it every week. Worse yet, I’ll wear it on the same day which makes it worse. I never worried about it before, I don’t think anyone at work had ever noticed but now that I’m documenting my outfits almost daily, I’ve become really aware of it. That’s the reason I don’t think I can document daily. I WANT to repeat those outfits I love. Things are going to start looking more and more familiar in no time. I’m going to do my best to shelter you from this!

I’ve decided to indulge my chronic repetition on days I don’t post and try to mix it up a little more when I’m showing pix. I want to give extra big props to Emma of Daily Clothes Fix who today just completed 365 days of no repeats. This is huge! As a chronic repeater, I’m in awe. 

FBFF: How do you discover new combinations of items in your closet? (Trial try-ons? Hanging items together?)
FJ: Definitely try-ons. I’ve made the mistake a few times of not actually trying all the pieces on because they looked good together on the hanger and it’s not a pretty scene when I get stumped in the morning. I don’t like to rush and I hate being late. Mess with the system and you’ve got a clothes hurricane in the bedroom!

In fact, one of my favorite things to do when I buy something new is to go through my closet and find all the cute possible ways to wear it. The hubby avoids the warzone and I play dress-up for an hour. That really is my idea of a good time.

Last year, some friends were visiting from San Diego. I don’t know what got into us but she and I left our men downstairs and went up to my closet. We literally did a fashion show with all my clothes for the guys. It was totally random and fun. 

FBFF: To streamline the process for 2011 what is the one new thing you can do to cut down your dressing time?
FJ: Actually getting dressed takes very little time since I have it worked out the night before. The thing I started doing, which I will continue to do is always have tights in perfect condition and have enough no-show undergarments in basic colors, including full dress slips. I can’t tell you how many times I slip on the only clean pair of black tights to discover that they were damaged and my other pairs are in the hamper. Next thing I know, I’ve blanked out on what to wear and I’m trapped in the middle of a clothes hurricane. My hubby is impressed with the kind of damage I can do in a limited amount of time. Heck, I’m impressed.

Last year, I bit the bullet and bought two Commando brand full dress slips, one in nude and one in black. All of a sudden, I could wear every dress in my closet! They were sooooo expensive, though. I have dresses that cost maybe twenty dollars and I’m wearing an eighty dollar slip underneath. It was so worth it. They don’t have any seams, they don’t puckers, the straps are adjustable and they’ll last forever. I don’t have a single dress that sits in my closet because it’s too shear or needs a shirt or tank top underneath or my underwear is too visible. That purchase relieved me of so much frustration.

Thank you Katy of Modly Chic for putting together these questions. Friend Friday is an opportunity for fashion and beauty bloggers to share their thoughts on a specific topic and read what others have to say on that same topic. For more information, check out Modly Chic and welcome to the wonderful world of blogging!

Deets: Burgundy dress/unknown, cherry sweater shrug/Moth, belt/Anthropologie, brown tights/Hue, brown man-made suede boots/Munro, necklace/gifted, cloche hat/Goorin Bros.


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  1. KT

    January 14, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Love this red dress it is stunning on you and I couldn't agree more with the comments about the extreme importance of a good quality slip. They solve almost every problem you could possibly have with a dress and relieve so much stress and worry. – Katy

  2. Elle Enchanted

    January 14, 2011 at 9:34 am

    You look so pretty in that dress, and I love that you set up FBFF like an interview. I've never really stuck to any sort of planning ahead except for rare occasions.

  3. Jodi

    January 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    GORGEOUS outfit… you look amazing in that style.. AND the color.. oh boy… me jealous.. whats it like to be gorgeous!! :)

    I added you to my blogroll as well, have been meaning to for awhile and finally got my butt in gear and just did it now, took like 1 second.. oh procrastination!!

    whats up this weekend? what are your plans girl??? xoxo J

  4. Grit and Glamour

    January 14, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Love you intro to this…that is so me. And I quit logging what I wore years ago…I'm definitely a repeater, too. There are so many pieces I own that I just adore. Over. And over. And over!

    I need to check out those slips…thanks for the tip.


  5. Linda

    January 15, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Isn't amazing to think that someone went 365 days without repeats? It exhausts me just thinking about it!

    The Auspicious Life

  6. Emma at Daily Clothes Fix

    January 15, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Loving the mix of reds, you look gorgeous. It's great to see how you style things up. I did my first Friend Friday for this post. Thanks, once again, for the link to my blog. The bottom line on now repeat outfits is that I have too many clothes. :-)

  7. whatevergatsby

    January 15, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    ah! i too suffer from that "but alllll my clothes are cute, but how does one wear them" complex. ahaha and i'm a chronic repeater, double whammy. i always make sure if i do repeat i don't see the people who previously saw me in that outfit. very sneaky-like ;)

  8. Adelle (the Fashionista Lab)

    January 15, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I also have a dress I can't really wear b/c of a lack of proper undergarments. I've checked both department stores and Victoria's Secret for slips but all I've been able to find is shapewear or nighties. I'm not quite ready to throw down the big bucks for one, but I might need to if I can't find anything else!

  9. Dawn

    February 5, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I love that I am your number 40!!!! thanks for stopping by my blog all the way from Oakland Hills…it looks so beautiful there. Drop in anytime…oh and you can send me that cardigan for Christmas…it is so beautiful!!!! Dawn Suitcase Vignettes