Waking up, pouring a cup of coffee, maybe hopping in the shower, or hitting the gym; we all have our own unique routine when it comes to kicking off a new day. But one thing we all have no choice but to do is to get dressed for whatever lies ahead. With our constant daily to-do lists, it's not unusual to spend an entire day running from responsibility to responsibility, which is why in 2017, there's nothing more important than a wardrobe that works with you.
It will come as no surprise then that when it comes to the dos and don'ts of getting dressed, the women who inspire our style have one thing in common: They choose comfort and versatility when picking out their outfit.
Whether that means never wearing heels, or staying away from anything too restrictive, six chic women shared exactly what they do and don't do when getting ready. Armed with their advice, we hope getting up on the right side of the bed will feel just a little bit easier.
Read on to learn the major morning dos and don'ts of stylish women, and then shop pieces to help you nail getting dressed at the beginning of the day…
Don't: Wear Anything That's Not Versatile Enough to Survive the Whole Day
If there's one word that describes Walker's morning outfit decisions, it's comfort. "I never feel uncomfortable. On a normal day, I may attend shows, but I also have buying meetings and I need to feel comfy." For Walker, this means she never starts the day in heels, "I can't work in high heels because my feet always hurt. I tend to wear platforms, and I love that sneakers are so on trend."
When it comes to getting dressed, Mejia has one important rule, "no visible panty lines!" And while picking the right underwear for the day ahead is crucial, she also notes she has one other big no-go when getting dressed. "Being too matchy-matchy (except for denim on denim)."
For the stylist, dressing is all about dressing in pieces that make her comfortable. "I try not to dress too young," she says. "A good friend once said to me 'if you wore it the first time around, you shouldn't the second time around.' This doesn't apply to clothing that has a nod to a trend but it can't be too literal in design… it won't work." She also notes that when it comes to dressing for work, she avoids pieces that are restrictive or uncomfortable, "it will just irritate me within an hour."
When she's getting ready in the morning, Sabharwal says there's one thing she'll never do, "put my makeup on before I'm fully dressed." And when it comes to picking out what to wear, she says unless she's off to the gym, shiny leggings are to be avoided. "Keep a little to the imagination," she notes. "And if you are going to do it, make sure to avoid underwear lines."
Since her busy schedule leaves her constantly on the go, Lee knows that it's all about clothing that can get you through anything. "Entrepreneurship has left a lot less time for everything else in my life, so versatility and comfort became increasingly important filters for my personal style," she says. "I avoid anything that distracts me from focusing on what's important; so I gravitate toward beautiful clothes that I can live and work in."
When it comes to morning rituals, the designer has one that's pretty darn important, "I never get dressed without checking the weather forecast." Nonoo notes that walking to work every day means that being prepared is key to making through the day unscathed. "Every good New Yorker lives by the weather forecast or faces the consequences at their own peril," she says.
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