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Girls! Want to get AM-Ready in 11 minutes?

We spend on average 55 minutes every day getting ready for work. Pin that against men who shower, shave and grab a shirt. (Or in the case of Karl Stefanovic, can spend an entire year wearing the same suit to work and no-one will notice.)

During the course of a typical morning, here’s how those 55 minutes play out: you’ve forgotten to buy deodorant, all of your favourite underwear is in the wash and you’re trying to spray the last dregs from your dry shampoo. We’ve all had those mornings when you’ve forgotten to set an alarm and you were supposed to be at work fifteen minutes ago, but when it’s a daily occurrence, it’s time for some sartorial triage.

But going all Steve Jobs and wearing the same outfit day in, day out, might save time, but it isn’t exactly conducive to hitting the office feeling fabulous. Never fear! There is a way to optimise your chic without having to set your alarm for pre-dawn.

The key is to have a schedule, says personal stylist Rachel Worden from Ruby Slippers Styling in Sydney. “It’s worth taking the time to look at your wardrobe and get the most combinations out of it that you can,” she explains. “Variation is key. When you’re wearing clothes that make you feel great it really changes how you perform in the day,” says Worden who has advised corporate staff from ANZ Bank to Deloitte.

So your mission, should you choose to accept it: Get proficient-in-Excel level ready in exactly eleven minutes (because we couldn’t do it in ten.) It’s not only doable, but easier than you think.

During the course of a typical morning, here’s how those 55 minutes play out: you’ve forgotten to buy deodorant, all of your favourite underwear is in the wash and you’re trying to spray the last dregs from your dry shampoo. We’ve all had those mornings when you’ve forgotten to set an alarm and you were supposed to be at work fifteen minutes ago, but when it’s a daily occurrence, it’s time for some sartorial triage.

But going all Steve Jobs and wearing the same outfit day in, day out, might save time, but it isn’t exactly conducive to hitting the office feeling fabulous. Never fear! There is a way to optimise your chic without having to set your alarm for pre-dawn.

The key is to have a schedule, says personal stylist Rachel Worden from Ruby Slippers Styling in Sydney. “It’s worth taking the time to look at your wardrobe and get the most combinations out of it that you can,” she explains. “Variation is key. When you’re wearing clothes that make you feel great it really changes how you perform in the day,” says Worden who has advised corporate staff from ANZ Bank to Deloitte.

So your mission, should you choose to accept it: Get proficient-in-Excel level ready in exactly eleven minutes (because we couldn’t do it in ten.) It’s not only doable, but easier than you think.

Ready, set, prep

You need to move like a well-oiled machine when that alarm goes off. Each Sunday, pencil in ten minutes to put the clothes you’re going to wear for the week at the front of your wardrobe (we recommend doing this with a face mask on for the full-blown multitasking experience.) Check the weather and then check your iCal to get a rough idea of how the week will play out. Big meeting on Monday? Black pumps win. Running errands on Wednesday? Bench the heels for brogues.

“Having an outfit hanging ready to go is going to speed up the time you get out the door,” says Worden. The best options are appropriate whatever the weather and work with what you’ve got in the diary, without the risk of feeling overdressed or underdressed.

Start in the Bathroom.

Before you think about clothes, get sorted from the neck up. That way, when you do get in front of the full length mirror, you’ll see the finished product, instead of a half-baked job. And seeing as we’re short on time, following a contouring YouTube tutorial is not going to help you live your best on time life.

According to makeup artist Amanda Ramsay, a BB cream is your best (read: fastest) friend. “They oxidise to match your skin tone, meaning you don’t need all of the skincare steps underneath. Plus, compared to a full coverage foundation, they’re lightweight. Go with a natural pick that helps to strengthen and treat skin, while evening out tone.”

And when you don’t have time to GHD curl your whole head? Ramsay says you can’t beat the slicked back ponytail or bun. “Just make sure you hide your hair elastic by wrapping a piece of hair around it. You’ll be done in less than two minutes and look well groomed.”

Say yes to the dress

Watch your fabrics

Are we still buying irons? How about wrinkle-free ironing sprays? Why do drycleaners rarely open on a Sunday? All valid questions. However, don’t fall into the false sense of security that you will sort out a wrinkled shirt in the morning. You’ve got eleven minutes and they can’t be spent on temperamental heat settings. When you’re holding up a shirt at the Zara sale, stop and assess the fabric. If it creases in your hand in the store, put it back on the rack. “Silk is a big offender. It stains, creases easily and is a bugger to iron. Choose fabrics you can hang to dry, that require little or no ironing,” says Worden.

Story by ASHLEIGH AUSTEN | whimn.com.au


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