Unless I am an anomaly, there are many of us who find we are almost always “fashionably late”. There is a difference between being fashionably late and just being late: one looks way better than the other for one, and second when you are fashionably late, it is more often due to your closet than your schedule.
Fashionably late people try desperately to be on time to our social functions but somehow fall short of our timely goals. We have experienced the “I have been sitting here waiting for you for thirty minutes while starving” faces our friends give us when we stroll in, looking perfect I might add, and discover they are not so very happy with our delayed arrival. Or, there are the mass amount of texts we receive from our friends asking where the heck we are. The worst is showing up late despite your best efforts after promising someone you wouldn’t be late… Yep, that one is the worst. Well, needless to say, I found myself in these predicaments, often, and decided it was time to make a change.
Organize Your Closet
One thing that has helped me immensely was completely cleaning out my closet. I made three piles: 1 keep, 1 maybe, and 1 “gotta go” pile. I inspected each article to see if I absolutely had to have it, made a decision – sometimes grudgingly, and placed it in its designated pile. Sometimes they were tough decisions, but there were clothes in there I simply forgot I had and probably bought as an impulse buy, making them a non-necessity. On the other hand, some of them were clothes I had forgotten about but remembered instantly why I had gotten them in the first place – love at first sight. As I emptied my closet on an article of clothing at a time I felt better and better, so that was a plus to my little adventure. Once I finished, I began to return the “keep” clothes to my closet, organizing them by color, type, and wear-ability. Once this was done – short dresses hanging with short dresses, long with long, skirts with skirts, and cute tops with cute tops – I then turned to my maybe pile. This is where things got interesting. Because I had already settled on my keep pile and hung them accordingly, I was able to really judge my maybe pile. I could see clearly what I would wear with which cute jacket, or a cute top, thus keeping me true to the optimal organization of my closet.
Alas, my closet was organized, color coded, and perfect. This helped the visual aspect of picking outfits for any occasion and was easy to manage once it was finished. I simply had to hang my clothes up in their pre-chosen places each time and BOOM, easy pickin’s.
Just like our clothes, our shoes are important to us – sometimes more so than the clothes – and I have a lot of shoes. I, in fact, can close my eyes and picture every pair in my head. Needless to say, I love shoes. What I noticed is I had a to make a system for the preservation and accessibility of my beloved collection. I decided I had enough of not being able to instantly find the pair I wanted to wear, so I color coded and organized my shoes. Not only are they pleasing to look at, but just like my clothes, I am able to grab the pair that will best suit my outfit with ease.
I have a lot of clothes, a lot of shoes, and a lot of accessories… I love fashion, I love style, I love jewelry and handbags, and I love to have the freedom to change between styles or approach with things as simple as accessories. One can simply never have too many accessories.
With that being said, because I have so many pieces of jewelry, I was just putting them in multiple jewelry boxes as a random mash-up of this or that. It made it impossible to find what I wanted and sometimes settled on a set of jewelry that didn’t tie my outfit together like I wanted. I decided to go to flea markets and yard sales to find cute jewelry holders I could hang on my bathroom wall and display them properly so that choosing and finding the perfect set would be a breeze. I found what I wanted, went home, hung them up and began sifting through my plethora of necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings. I organized each necklace in categories of most worn, most delicate, and just for fun. Earrings were hung according to size, whether that dangled, and most worn. I did the same with my bracelets and rings.
So, did I mention I loved everything to do with fashion (especially fashion in Springfield, Mo)? Well, I love purses too and believe they are an extremely important part of an outfit. For me, it’s important to have a purse to match any outfit and occasion. I have my fancy-to-do purses, my business meeting purses, fun purses, and cocktail clutches – yes, I organize them too – but not by color. They are strictly organized by style. Makes for and easy grab-and-go when you still have to make time to switch over from the previous purse.
Why all the trouble?
We are busy people and we don’t need anything leaving us strapped for time when we can just make our lives a lot easier. Organization is key and will help to secure the promise you made to your friends to arrive fashionable and on time. By doing these simple things and keeping up with them you will never see the disappointing face of your starving friends or her the rasping of their names on the table as you walk up to join them.
What is your secret to defeating fashionable tardiness?