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31 Days to a No Brainer Wardrobe: A Manifesto

Every woman should be able to choose an outfit in less than 10 minutes regardless of the plans for the day, the state of the weather…or her laundry.  Meaning, when your feet hit the floor in the morning–you should be thinking more about the delicious cup of coffee that awaits than whether you will look cute in your clothes.  You see, as women, we generally derive pleasure and confidence in what we wear and how we look.  Conversely, a day that finds you in your stretched out sweater and saggy jeans may have the same effect on your mood.  And, we all know…no one wants to feel stretched out or…ahem…saggy.

Surely, you’ve heard it said that women wear 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time.  The 20% that you are wearing is probably the stuff that you feel great in, wash 80 million times, and hardly gets hung up before it’s worn again.  You shouldn’t have to spend precious time staring blankly at your closet wondering what to wear.  Instead, you should take that 20% you love, identify the qualities that you love, and augment that 20% with other well chosen pieces.  Outfits should come easily to mind.  You should feel great.  You shouldn’t have to steal money from your grocery envelope to fund your wardrobe (that was for you Dave Ramsey lovers).

Stay with us for the month of October, and you’ll have a no brainer wardrobe in no time.



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  • Reply melissa @ the inspired room October 1, 2011 at 3:28 am

    This is going to be awesome. And your new look here? Fabulous girl! I love it!

  • Reply Erin October 1, 2011 at 4:35 am

    Really looking forward to this!

  • Reply Tisha @ Delectable Home October 1, 2011 at 4:52 am

    I am guilty as charged – I do steal money from my grocery envelope for my clothes (but not as often as probably needed)! I am already hooked on this series. Thanks for posting!

  • Reply Laura October 1, 2011 at 5:33 am

    20%? Oh dear. I’ll be back to read this!!

  • Reply Laura October 1, 2011 at 5:33 am

    20%? Oh dear. I’ll be back to read this!!

  • Reply Olusola October 1, 2011 at 2:43 am

    Looking forward to this because I’m familiar with the feeling of standing staring inside a closet with no idea of what to wear

  • Reply Lindsay @ Aisle to Aloha October 1, 2011 at 2:59 am

    I’m excited to be a part of this and to see the other posts! Great series idea!

  • Reply ellen October 1, 2011 at 5:47 am

    haley! this is beautiful! and i cannot wait for this series. cannot. wait.

  • Reply ellen October 1, 2011 at 5:49 am

    oops. hayley! it’ s early on a saturday morning. forgive me for spelling your name wrong?

  • Reply bendedspoon October 1, 2011 at 6:24 am

    No brainer? This, I need! :)

  • Reply michelle @ this little light October 1, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Yes! Yes! Yes! I need this. I’m all ears!

  • Reply christy October 1, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Fun, I can’t wait to read this one!

  • Reply Kristina October 1, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Your new blog looks so stinkin’ cute, Hayley!
    THis series is going to be great.

  • Reply Amber's Articles October 1, 2011 at 8:35 am

    one of my goals this year has been to live more simply. one area has been to simplify my wardrobe……..I have a little, but not as much as I would like, so I am hoping this 31 day series will motivate me further.

    i don’t want to buy more. I just want to wear more of what i’ve got.

    thanks and no stealing from the grocery envelope!

  • Reply Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia} October 1, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Hi Hayley! I’m stopping by from mandie’s (of moxie mandie) blog….and I think this series will be a great help to me! I don’t buy clothes often, so I usually feel like my wardrobe is just a mish-mash of stuff. I’d love to learn more about being intentional in my clothes shopping! :)

  • Reply April October 1, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I can’t wait to hear what you have to say! I’m glad this is a 31 Day series.

  • Reply Kristen @ Joyfullythriving October 1, 2011 at 9:28 am

    I’m really looking forward to this series! This is something I’ve already realized and I’m looking forward to the help in figuring out what to do about it!

  • Reply Kylie October 1, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Sounds good! I have a hard time buying clothes for myself and instead just end up with things from other people and the result is a lot of clothes that are not really me. I’m looking forward to this series!

  • Reply Sharon October 1, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I cannot wait for the rest of this series! I have been trying to figure out how to even sort the clothes in my closet. I actually have a fair amount of closet space, but still too many clothes seeing as a quarter of them are for the next time I’m pregnant, And a quarter of them are for when I lose all the baby weight from my last pregnancy. You get the idea….

  • Reply Eat 2gather October 1, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I am counting on this series to transform my closet…Help!

  • Reply AnnieBlogs October 1, 2011 at 10:51 am

    I am super excited about this series! Can’t wait to read it!

    (Also. Your blog is SO cute! LOVE the design.)

  • Reply Robin Sue October 1, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Ok I am with you on this one. I am the chick that has to buy whatever the manikin is wearing or I have no confidence to pick out my own outfit!! Will be following along for 31 days!

  • Reply Kindra October 1, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Well I could use all the help I can with my wardrobe! So i can’t wait for your series!

  • Reply leslie October 1, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    This sounds awesome – I’ll be following your 31 days series closely!

  • Reply Mimi October 1, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Love the concept. Though I go through my closet every 6 months to get rid of stuff, I still spend loads of time trying to figure out what to wear. Good luck on your 31 days. I’m doing 31 days of orange.

  • Reply Kate October 1, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I’m so excited about this and LOVE LOVE LOVE your new page!!! Great job on the design :)

  • Reply Suz October 1, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    LOVE IT!!!!!



  • Reply marcia Bowler October 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Excited to see what you have for us. I need some inspiration Stat!

  • Reply Diana October 1, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    This sounds fabulous! I wear most of the clothes that I own, but I’m never sure when I buy something new whether or Not it will end up in the closet for good or not. Looking forward to it!

  • Reply Stacey October 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I secretly want to be a fashion blogger. I was so hoping someone would do this for the 31 days!

    I’ll be back! (said like Arnold!)

  • Reply Glenda Childers October 1, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I am not a clohtes person . . . but would like to become one.

    I am popping over from THE NESTER with all the other 31 day bloggers. We will all be busy for sure . . . blogging and reading. I enjoyed your introduction.

    31 days of Christmas Wonder (#223)

  • Reply Belinda Letchford October 1, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    I’ve been doing a bit of a wardrobe makeover over the last few months. But after reading your post last night I looked at my wardrobe and it is still full of 80% of stuff I don’t really feel that great in.. I’m tempted to put it aside and see what i feel about having a small but enjoyable wardrobe. Looking forward to your series.

  • Reply Jennifer Blair October 1, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Wow. I am excited about this!

  • Reply Naomi October 1, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Less than Ten minutes to an outfit? Yes, please.

  • Reply the nester October 1, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    help I cannot see the letters as I type. what’s wrong with me?

    you are the perfect person to do this series~cant Wait to learn all of your secrets

    • Reply Tiny Twig October 1, 2011 at 9:42 pm

      are you using firefox? i am having major glitches with my fonts in firefox. oooph.

  • Reply Prudence October 1, 2011 at 11:32 pm


    I’m a closet starer. So much so that I try to pick out what I’m going to wear for work the next day, the night before. Can’t wait.

  • Reply shelley @ PARENTHETIC RHETORIC October 2, 2011 at 12:03 am

    so fun! looking forward to it. I stare, i try, i fill my bed with cast-offs. twenty minutes later, i come back, second guess and start round two. and I’m just home with my boys. what in the world?

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    I need a lot of help in this department. This will be good… very good for me! Thanks in advance!

  • Reply Lisa October 2, 2011 at 8:02 am

    This is a great idea. I’m excited to see what I can learn from you and translate to my own daughters.

    Blessings, abundantly,


  • Reply teri Lynn October 2, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I am so excited for this series! I have a feeling I will learn a lot and feel a lot better in the clothes I am wearing!

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    This series sounds great! For a clothes loving mother of three – I really struggle with my wardrobe these days. My body is so different, my size ranges from month to month as I loose weight {or gain in the event of pregnancy}. who has time to shop with three little ones anyway? saggy, baggy, pilly. stretched out. worn out…ha, ha! So…yeah…I’m really excited about this series! I can’t wait to tune in each day!

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