Work is stressful: The daily grind can make us want to pull the hair out of our heads, and busy days can often make us feel like we don’t have a moment to breathe. On top of that, you need to look put together and refined while doing it, and extra credit for those who can do it all with a smile. One thing that can actually make your life easier and your mornings far less stressful: planning your outfit for the day the night before. Sounds simple enough, but how many of us actually do this? Not only will you be able to look more stylish because you’ll know ahead of time how your outfit will look, but it will leave you extra time to sleep longer if you plan accordingly. Don’t forget to iron your clothes as well.
It is reported that the average woman will spend 287 days a year choosing outfits for work, nights out, dinner parties, the gym, and other activities, according to clothes giant Matalan, which complied these results after polling 2,491 women, based on adult lifetime from 16 to 60. Unsurprisingly, or surprisingly, however you look at it, the Daily Mail reports that due to the rise of the metrosexual, men seem to be taking the same amount of time or longer than women to get ready. A survey of 3,000 British men, conducted by Superdrug, found that guys spend 83 minutes a day on personal grooming, including cleansing, toning and moisturizing, shaving, styling their hair, and choosing their clothes.
Simon Comins of Superdrug explains that “Once upon a time it was cool for men to appear rough and ready, looking like they hadn’t spent more than a couple of minutes getting ready in the morning. But these days, everyone appreciates a man who takes care of his appearance, smells nice and looks like he has made an effort.”
This could also be because men have entered the new frontier of caring about every aspect of their looks, something that women are conditioned to care about and spend time on since, well, forever. Gone are the rolled-out-of-bed days. Your professional career can hinge on your appearance, style, and clothing choices. Clinical psychologist Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner speaks about what she calls the “psychology of dress” and what our clothes say to the world. Americans rely on clothing as an economic and social indicator because we have no other means of differentiating our rankings in society, said Dr. Baumgartner. A little extra time on your wardrobe can speak volumes to the world.
Even though picking out your clothes and styling yourself for the workday will take up your time no matter what, picking out your clothes in the morning will always be the lesser choice to doing it the night before.
Who doesn’t want to sleep a little later?
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