What To Do When You Can’t Figure Out What To Wear?

You’ve got that funny feeling in your stomach, a certain sense of dread when you open up your closet. You know what it’s about: you’ve got nothing to wear. The problem is, you haven’t got anything to wear for tonight’s party—and this isn’t the first time this has happened.

What do you do? How do you go from having nothing to wear to finding something perfect?

Get dressed with a theme in mind.

Instead of finding yourself with a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear, try dressing yourself with a theme in mind. If you have an idea for the look you want to achieve, it’s much easier to put together coherent ensembles that make sense and make you feel confident.

First, choose your theme: are you going for business casual? Boho chic? Glamorous rock star? Once you’ve decided on the vibe, it will be easier to pick out items that go together well. Accessories like jewelry and scarves can help tie together disparate pieces into a stylish whole. Make sure your shoes match your outfit as well—don’t throw on sneakers if the rest of what you’re wearing is dressy! And don’t forget about makeup and hairstyle: they should complement your wardrobe choices as well.

Then, put everything on and look in the mirror. If everything fits well, looks good together, and aligns with the look you were going for, then go out there into the world with confidence!

Wear clothing that uses patterns in new ways.

So you’ve decided that your work wardrobe is in desperate need of an update.

That’s great! But where do you even start? What do you replace? And how much money will it cost to make these changes?

Luckily, adding some pizzaz to your professional style can be as simple as incorporating a pattern or two into your daily office look. We live in a world full of beautiful patterns and texture, so take advantage of them by infusing your outfits with prints and florals. Unlike solid-colored shirts, pants and jackets, patterned pieces can add depth to an outfit and give the eye something more enticing to look at.

Coordinate your clothes to match your accessories like earrings, rings, bracelets, shoes and/or hats.

  • Coordinate your clothes to match your accessories like earrings, rings, bracelets, shoes and/or hats. These little touches can bring an outfit together when you don’t know what else to wear.
  • Pair shoes and a bag that are in the same color family or even the same hue and shade of the same color. For example, a black-and-blue striped shirt with light blue jeans will pair nicely with royal blue shoes and a navy bag. The colors complement each other without being too matchy-matchy or boring because they have slight variations in them!
  • Match elements of your outfit that aren’t obvious at first glance so people will notice how well thought out your look is—and not just because it’s what you wore by default! For example, if you wear small hoop earrings often (like me), then try wearing large hoops on some days too—it’ll help add variety so you won’t always get asked about them being “so cute!4. ”Match some elements of your outfit that aren’t visible unless someone gets up close enough for intimate conversation such as socks matching underwear (both matching another element from head-to-toe) but only those who stand close enough would see these details while others who stand far away won’t see anything.”

Focus on the details of your outfit.

While I haven’t always been the best at fashion, there is one thing I learned over the years. The smallest details in your outfit can make it stand out or pop out. Whether you are trying to find something to wear for a night out on the town or thinking about what to wear for a job interview, focus on the details. From little things like shoes and accessories to bigger items such as pants and jackets, these details draw people in and help them notice how great your outfit looks.

Dress for the weather outside.

One of the easiest things to do when you are unsure of what to wear is simply to dress appropriately for the weather outside. Whether it’s raining, snowing, windy or hot outside you can take a minute to look out the window and see what type of weather you need to be dressed for. This is a really simple way of making sure that the clothes you pick will work well for your day ahead. When it’s raining, you’ll probably want a raincoat or an umbrella – if it’s sunny out then maybe shorts and a t-shirt will be perfect. If there’s currently a blizzard raging on outside then snow boots and insulated pants will be ideal (or at least some kind of waterproof footwear). With just one quick glance at what’s going on outside your front door, you can easily narrow down how best to pick your outfit for today!

When you dress with a theme in mind, it’s easier to put your outfits together.

When you’re trying to figure out what to wear, it’s easier to put together an outfit if you dress with a theme in mind. This can be a color scheme or a specific type of pattern or fabric.

For example, if you know that all your cool aunt’s friends are going to be there and they’re all very fashionable, you should probably avoid wearing the suit that never fails to make people think you work at the DMV.


  • You don’t need to let the issue of what to wear stress you out.
  • Instead, use it as an indicator that something else is bothering you.
  • Check in with yourself and figure out if your mood has shifted; if it has, take steps to address how you’re feeling.
  • Remember that there are other ways besides clothes that can help you express your personality and feel confident about the way you present yourself.

If all else fails and nothing seems to be working for you, remember that worrying about it isn’t helping—so go easy on yourself!


Is it a beach party? A formal event? A date with your in-laws? The situation will dictate what to wear. People tend to overthink these sorts of decisions and feel like they need to run out and buy something new, but most likely you already have some options in your closet that are appropriate.

If you can’t figure out what to wear, ask yourself these questions:

  • How is the weather outside? Do I need an umbrella or a jacket? Or both?
  • How nice is the occasion for which I am dressing up?
  • Can I dress in layers so I can put on or take off articles of clothing if the temperature changes during the day or night?
  • Is my underwear clean, cute, and comfortable (if anyone will see it)?

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