How To Make Getting Dressed Easier With ADHD

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Living with ADHD can turn even the simplest tasks into whole ordeals, including getting dressed each day. I’ve experienced mornings when I stand in front of my wardrobe for minutes, with my mind jumping all over the place about what I could possibly wear. If you’ve had the same experience, you know how frustrating it can feel! But don’t worry. I’ve got some simple tips to make getting dressed easier with ADHD.

Buy Only Clothes You Absolutely Love

First and foremost, buy only clothes you absolutely love. If you have a wardrobe full of outfits that make you feel confident and comfortable, you’ll spend less time second-guessing your choices.

When I’m shopping, I like to ask myself if I truly love the piece and if it fits well with my existing wardrobe. This helps me avoid accumulating clothes that I end up never wearing.

Prioritize Comfortable Fabrics

ADHD can amplify even the smallest discomforts in our minds, so don’t give it something bad to focus on! Buy soft and flexible clothing you find comfortable.

Fill Your Wardrobe With One-Piece Outfits

Part of what makes getting dressed hard for the ADHD brain is the plethora of options. That’s why it can really help to fill your wardrobe with one-piece outfits like dresses, jumpsuits, and rompers.

These simple gems eliminate the need for matching tops and bottoms, saving you precious time and mental energy. One-piece outfits, such as these versatile floral dress styles to try, are straightforward and can be easily dressed up or down with the right accessories.

Plan Your Outfits the Night Before

Part of the stress of picking an outfit is doing so on a time crunch. If you have somewhere to be soon, you’ll be distracted with thoughts of making it on time.

Instead, try spending a few minutes each evening selecting what you’ll wear the next day. Lay out all your items, including accessories and shoes, so there’s no rushing around in the morning.

This trick won’t work for everyone, and it’s not always the most practical solution. But it can be really helpful on days when your schedule takes priority, such as on days with important meetings or flights to catch.

Try a Capsule Wardrobe

Finally, consider trying a capsule wardrobe. This is a minimalist collection of versatile apparel that you love and can mix and match easily. Even without one-piece outfits, a capsule wardrobe makes it so anything you pair looks good.

Pro Tip

To curate a capsule wardrobe, focus on quality over quantity. You should love every piece, and every piece should fit in with the rest of your closet.

Learning how to make getting dressed easier with ADHD can transform your mornings and set a positive tone for the rest of your day. As someone who loves finding simple ways to make my life work with—not against—my ADHD, I love these tips and hope you find them helpful too!

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Lacy Estelle

Lacy Estelle is the writer of and the Podcast host for An ADD Woman.

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