When it comes to getting dressed every day, there's a going assumption that we'd like to bring into question right here and now: that you need a mirror (or, in the modern times we inhabit, a selfie-capable mobile device).
As women, we often find ourselves in situations where we are forced to get ready without the aid of a reflective or photo-taking device: after an unexpected stay at a significant other's place (what is it with most men not having full-length mirrors in their apartments?!), at work, and even sometimes (let's be honest) in a car.
So, to help you along in this process of getting dress (successfully!) without a mirror or phone, we came up with some tried-and-true tips to get the job done. Keep scrolling for five ways to know you're well dressed, without a mirror!
If you're getting dressed without the aid of a mirror or phone, the most important thing to ask yourself once you're clothed is if you feel good. Chances are if what you're wearing feels somehow off—whether it's constricting your body in a weird way or is simply uncomfortable—then you probably don't look that great either. Allow your feelings to become your new eyes, and listen to them closely.
A solid way to ensure you've put together a stylish outfit is simply to know what works for you and try to plan a look along those lines. If you're a maxi dress kinda gal, it's not a bad idea to keep one stored in your car for those times you need to get dressed on the fly.
When getting dressed without a mirror, the most common mistake women make is overdoing it to try to compensate for being unable to actually see what they look like. It kind of makes sense: You think that since you can't identify the exact outfit you want, perhaps plenty of accessories will make up for it. In reality, this ends up looking messier than you probably desire. Keep it simple, and if all else fails, remember Coco Chanel's go-to rule: Remove one accessory before you head out.
To combat the increased risk of clashing, when you're getting ready sans mirror, try to stick to neutral tones if you can: black, white, nude, and softer prints, like leopard. While we're all about wearing color, since you can't really see what you're doing, keeping it simple is wise.
Every girl needs an escape valve from time to time, and in this situation, yours is simply being able to change your look. Maybe after getting dressed without a mirror, you end up in a place that has a one and realize you don't love what you put together. If you've layered appropriately, you should be able to change it up without much ado.