Fashion Police Poll: Do you plan your outfits in advance?

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The Fashion Police have always aspired to be the type of people who plan their outfits well and advance, and maybe even lay them out the night before, in order to save time in the morning, but sadly for us, we're just not.

Part of this is purely practical: as some of you may know, our HQ is located in the UK, where the weather is as changeable as Paris Hilton's boyfriends, which means that clothing decisions often have to be a last-minute thing, when we wake up and find out what the weather's doing today. (And even then, we'll probably have to get changed halfway through the day when it changes yet AGAIN.)

Partly, though, we're just not very good at planning. We may THINK we're going to be in a jeans-and-t-shirt-mood tomorrow, only to wake up and find that actually, it's gong to be a dress-and-heels-day, so despite our best efforts to get organised, we still mostly fly by the seat of our pants. Or dresses. Or skirts.

What about you? Are you an outfit planner, or do you just take each day as it comes? Vote in the poll under the jump!

24 Comments

  • June 24, 2009

    Panthera

    I tend to plan my outfit if I’m going somewhere special, especially when traveling. But, since living in Norway means the weather man can be predicting sun and nice weather and we end up with rain/snow, I have been burned several times.
    I also like to think about what I’m wearing the next few days if I’m going out, so that I know what clothes to wash, and when.

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  • June 24, 2009

    gokarm

    I go through phases. Sometimes I plan the night before and take my time and just have fun with it…sometimes I’m just grumpy and want to wear whatever’s comfortable and lazy-looking…you know, to fight the machine (work-wear, BAH!).

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  • June 24, 2009

    Lizzy

    Definitely a planner – I am often short for time, so if an outfit is all ready to go then that’s a definite plus. Although if you are planning what to wear late the night before, and then dress on autopilot, you can end up with some impressive fashion zingers…. Thankfully not too often though!

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  • June 24, 2009

    Sarah

    Not only do I not plan my outfits in advance, unless the outfit I put on is a tried and true standby, I often spend 15-20 minutes changing shirts and shoes and jewelry to get everything to “go.”
    I’m a newspaper journalist and we are notoriously bad dressers (with a few exceptions — most of us just look shabby, unironed and drab, with a few making awkward attempts at fashion that make the shabby/unironed/drab dressers appear put together by comparison) but I do try to make an effort. Of course we work long hours and make no money, so it can be difficult to achieve a sleek, put together look. In fact, let’s face it: despite my desperate attempts, I suspect I might fall into the cringe-worthy “awkward attempt at fashion” camp more often than I’d like to admit.
    It’s so very sad.
    But, living in Southeast Texas, and not New York City, the bar is set pretty low.
    The weather here is changeable in the winter, but pretty predictable in the summer (hotter than hell, humid, and possibly afternoon rainstorms)
    IMHO, as fashion police, you really should think in terms of fashion crime prevention and offer makeovers — you know, sort of like rehabilitation for chronic offenders of my ilk.
    STOP ME BEFORE I COMMIT CRIMES AGAINST FASHION AGAIN!
    Wow. That turned out to be a lot longer than I meant it to be…

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  • June 24, 2009

    Mafa

    Planning is boring!

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  • June 24, 2009

    Whit

    Only if it is a special event or if I’m going on a trip

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  • June 24, 2009

    Catie

    I plan my outfits the night before, then in the morning have a fit of indecision, decide that what I picked out already absolutely will not do, and spend about 1/2 hour trying on outfits before generally just wearing what I had already set out.

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  • June 24, 2009

    Theresa

    I usually decide what to wear when I’m getting ready for the day, but anytime I get a new piece of clothing or accessory, I plan about 8 million potential outfits that day and wear my favorite as soon as possible. I also plan outfits for special occasions.

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  • June 24, 2009

    Miriam

    I don’t plan my everyday outfits, but I definitely think about it and even lay it out if I know I have something special going on (e.g. important meeting, party, etc). Actually, usually it has to do with how nervous I am. I don’t plan out my clothes for every party, but if I know that I’ll have to focus on something like networking, then I want my outfit to be perfect so that I’m not worried about it when I’m at the event – there’s nothing worse than getting distracted by “oh, god, why didn’t I wear different shoes/pants/whatever”.

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  • June 24, 2009

    Zomermaantje

    For the moment I plan my daily outfits out of necessity.
    As I tend to suffer from fits of indecision I usually try on different outfits before I decide.
    As I’m currently sharing a house and my wardrobe is located in my friend’s room who doesn’t have to get up at the same time, I don’t want to subject him to my clothes fitting spree in the morning if he does not have to get up.
    Jewelery and shoes are decided on the day, though.

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  • June 24, 2009

    Mhairi

    I am trying to get better but for normal day to day life it is just whatever I find. For going on holiday though I try to take a capsule bag with me – although the capsule is still quite big compared to others.
    x

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  • June 24, 2009

    Diandra

    No, I never do. I might say something like, “I’d like to wear this this week” or something, but normally I just decide what to wear the day of, based on my mood and, of course, the weather!

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  • June 25, 2009

    Kiri

    I plan my outfits the night before, but I always wind up changing my mind halfway through getting dressed in the morning, or I pick clothes that are in the laundry due to forgetfulness.

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  • June 25, 2009

    kevie

    My entire morning routine is built around sleeping as late as possible, so I always pull out my clothes the night before. Sometimes, I will make a last-minute switch for weather, otherwise I don’t have time (or the presence of mind) to figure out such things in the morning. I also dish out my dogs’ breakfast the night before.

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  • June 25, 2009

    Tracie

    I have over 20 outfits planned at a time hanging on a rolling clothing rack. It helps me when I am being indecisive but I do pick out other things from my closet if I don’t feel like wearing whats already put together.

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  • June 25, 2009

    Cookie

    I’d have to say I’m rather obsessive over my outfits, and I plan them ahead, or at least have a general idea of what I want to wear. I am rarely dressed in jeans and t-shirt for work (even though our office has no dress code whatsoever being an IT- oriented company), and when I oversleep and have to just throw a casual outfit on, I spend the whole day feeling rather shabby, messy and dirty.
    But planning outfits and having a very selective wardrobe is a very difficult thing, and I doubt I would be able to afford that luxury if I didn’t both have a friend who is a seamstress and design and make some of my own outfits.

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  • June 25, 2009

    Milano Cookies

    I normlly plan on school days, b/c o several occasions that I may oversleep, I’d still get to school on time.

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  • June 25, 2009

    Milano Cookies

    I normlly plan on school days, b/c o several occasions that I may oversleep, I’d still get to school on time.

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  • June 25, 2009

    Catherine

    Sometimes I do sometimes i don’t it depends if i know what i’m doing the next day!

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  • June 26, 2009

    chocoholic

    I’m an outfit planner.
    Because I have a daily style blog it makes it easier to plan in advance.
    Plus I seem to be constantly planning outfits in my head because I’m forever being inspired by everything.
    this is my blog is anybody is interested: http://thislittlepiggie.tumblr.com

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  • June 27, 2009

    Moni

    I always plan ahead for the following reasons:
    1. It’s fun. And I can’t help it. When I’m invited to an event I always immediately start planning what I’m going to wear, with gifts, speeches and the other important stuff being a late afterthought.
    2. My boyfriend and I sleep in different rooms (the old snoring problem), and the closet is in his. Additionally I have to get up earlier, which leaves me no other choice than to choose my clothes before going to bed.
    3. I’m usually much too tired in the morning to make any important decisions then.

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  • July 3, 2009

    spikesnsilk

    I definitely plan my outfits and lay them out, but I change them when I get up the next day sometimes.

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  • August 27, 2009

    Lazagna

    I work at home, so I live in pajamas 6 days a week. Whenever I go out it’s like an event, and I don’t like wasting those relatively rare chances to dress up and make an impression. I can also be a bit of an organizational freak, so I absolutely plan my outfits on average a week in advance. Fashion is a passion.

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  • October 9, 2011

    SB

    When I worked in an office I would plan my outfits for the week on Sunday morning so I could have 5 different looking outfits without creating bulk laundry for me to waste my precious weekends washing! I would choose 1 skirt, 1 pair of pants, 1 dress, 4 shirts & 1 jacket (that went with the skirt, pants & dress). The dress was worn on Wednesday as this was meeting day & women were expected to wear a dress or skirt when the very old fashioned bosses were “in house”, the skirt was worn twice (Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Friday) & the pants twice.

    Now I’m a stay-at-home-Mum I tend to only plan fashion for big events like weddings, family reunions, photo days (for the kids), etc…I do however plan outfits regularly, not for fashion but for practicality…on days when the kids & I do craft I plan to wear clothing that is already past it’s prime!

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