How I Decreased My Getting-Dressed Routine to 11 Minutes

Hi, it's me, a self-proclaimed overthinker. Not only do I overthink in most capacities, but when it comes to what I wear, it seems my habit reaches its peak. If I'm not drifting off to sleep each night mentally dressing for the next day's itinerary, I'm spending way too long in front of the mirror in the morning while carefully considering every element. Yes, sometimes this strategy works for me, but other times I'm left running an extra 20 minutes late because I couldn't decide which shoes went with which bag. It's not a good habit to fall into.

In the interest of cutting through all the mental white noise (and time, so much time) involved in my getting-dressed routine, I challenged myself to limit the process to just 10 short minutes. (As you've already guessed, 10 minutes just wasn't enough—although it was close.) While some might call this a formula for lazy outfits, I like to think it simply helped me dress more efficiently.

Just like adopting a minimalist style or building a capsule wardrobe can be seriously effective ways to streamline your closet and morning routine, my self-imposed time limit helps me get out the door quicker, and honestly, as a community of fashion fans, don’t we all have inherently stylish things in our closets anyway? Below, I'm sharing exactly what I learned throughout this style challenge and how you can cut down serious time spent in front of the mirror.

These are general rules I abide by when I need to get dressed in a pinch. Lazy outfits, technically yes. Lazy-looking outfits? Definitely not.