The First Thing You Should Do Before You Pick Out an Outfit

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This may sound obvious, but the first thing you should do before picking out an outfit is to consider the occasion you’re dressing for. Think about the location, the atmosphere, and who you may run into. This will narrow down your options and ensure you’re picking pieces that make sense for the day ahead of you. For me, I always keep a set of go-to outfit combinations that work for nearly every occasion in my closet. I keep photos of these looks in an album on my phone so I can always reference the outfits and quickly get dressed in the morning. I also suggest keeping foolproof pieces in your wardrobe, like flattering black trousers and a set of stylish blouses so you‘re always prepared.

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