How to Get that Put Together Look Every Day
by Miriam Silverberg
I am SO organized.
Recently two women whom I see fairly often complimented me on how well put together I always look and wondered how I was able to do it in the morning rushing to get out. The answer is I can’t and I don’t.
All my life, starting in kindergarten, I have always put together my entire outfit the night before. When I started kindergarten, I wanted to choose what to wear each day, but even at that tender age, my Mother knew I was not a morning person. So each evening we would go through my closet and take out an outfit for the next day from the skin out. I was the best dressed girl in kindergarten.
I get the weather report the night before and plan exactly what I will wear. I go through my closets and drawers and take everything out starting with my underpinnings. Lingerie, dress or skirt and top or pants.
If the blouse requires cufflinks, I put them in. I take out any scarves I want to wear and decide exactly how I will wear it. My jewelry is also put out and if I’m wearing a pin on a jacket, it gets pinned then. My shoes are taken out along with pantyhose or, if wearing pants, knee socks. My makeup is put out in the order in which I apply it.
I know, I’m ridiculously well-organized but I have to be because in the morning, if you ask me my name, I’m stuck for an answer! I’m just not a morning person. I can’t make any decisions in the morning.
Of course, you can see the problem in these best-laid plans. Predicting the weather is not an exact science and sometimes the lovely, balmy day predicted overnight becomes a hail storm the next morning. Then I’m in trouble. I have to actually concentrate, focus and make decisions. Does the jacket become
A coat? Can I still wear the dress I put out or does that change, too? And certainly, the shoes have to be changed. But I do the best I can and usually look well put together.
I know very few women do this, saying they’re just too tired at night. But if you tried it, I think it would soon become a habit and an enjoyable way to end the day. And you’ll never look as if you got dressed fleeing a burning building!
Miriam Silverberg is a freelance journalist and owner of Miriam Silverberg Associates, a boutique publicity agency in Manhattan. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org