Pro Move

Plan Your Outfit

Mornings can be tough. The alarm goes off and you walk over to the closet, bleary-eyed (and maybe a little hungover) and you're supposed to choose—in a matter of seconds—how you'll present yourself to the world today. You grab some clothes, shower and roll out. But somewhere between leaving the house and settling in at work or whatever you're up to that day, you find yourself regretting your sartorial decisions. Sure, you don't look bad, but could it be better? Yes. Couldn't we all do a little better? Of course.

And how do we do it? Simple. Take 10 to 15 minutes the night before and plan your outfit for the next day. Just like a runner or cyclist who gathers their gear at the foot of the bed to ensure they get in a proper workout first thing in the morning, you're taking the guesswork out of getting dressed. It makes groggy mornings a little less stressful because you won't have to stand in front of your closet in your underwear, wondering if this sweater goes with these pants or whether you have time to iron that dress shirt. Plus, selecting your look the night before allows you to put a little more thought into what you wear. Which results in less anxiety, indecision and a more pulled-together, confident way to start the day.

The Game Plan


Check the weather for the next day to help inform what you'll need to wear.


Pull out everything you'll need, including underwear and socks along with shoes and any accessories like a belt and tie.


If your shirt or pants are wrinkled, this is when you'd iron or steam them.


Hang it all up together. (A hook on the back of your bedroom door or in your closet is the perfect place.)