How to Decide What to Wear When You Have ADHD

How to Decide What to Wear When You Have ADHDDeciding what to wear in the morning can be hard. However, it can be extra painful when you have ADHD for these reasons.

  1. Decision making is challenging: big and small.
  2.  Mornings aren’t your best time; you might not feel awake for 3 or 4 hours after you get dressed.
  3.  Social rules are a bit of a mystery, so you aren’t sure if  there is a dress code you don’t know about.You aren’t confident about ‘what goes together’.
  4. Keeping on top of laundry is a challenge; you don’t always have the items that work together that are clean at the same time.
  5. Sensitive to texture which means some clothes make you itch or are very uncomfortable to wear.

If you went to a school that had a uniform, you know it was very easy to get ready each morning. No thought was required. All you had to do was put on the standard shirts and skirts / trousers.

Even though you might not have an official uniform to wear now, why not create your own? It takes the brain work out of getting dressed every day and it means you always look good, feel confident and comfortable

If you are male, it is slightly easier for 2 reasons: You have the option to wear a suit (which is like a uniform), and society doesn’t pay such close attention to what men wear.

Think of Will and Kate. The press pays very close attention to what Kate wears and whole blogs are dedicated to her wardrobe. Yet, we rarely hear a whisper about which designer made William’s suit.

news anchor proved that people weren’t paying attention to what he wore by wearing the same suit for a whole year.

It is possible to wear the same thing every day if you are female too.

In an article that went viral, Matilda Kahl explains her decision to wear the same thing every day. She has been doing it for 3 years.

Creating your own uniform doesn’t mean you have to wear the exact same thing every day. You can create a formula that works for you, then interchange clothes within that formula.

Let’s say you like ballet pumps and have a brand you get on well with. Buy a couple of pairs in different colours. If you like a certain style of trousers (and they fit nicely and don’t itch), buy them in black and linen. Next, pick out a few tops you love and there you go! You have created a stylish work uniform that looks great, takes all the brain work out of mornings.

What helps you decide what to wear in the mornings?

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  1. This is a hard subject to master as I have many different roles during a day. Ultimately, I go for sports clothes that keep me warm and that I can get into after swim training daily. Merino wool all year is best and have a dedicated section for meets. Then there are my reception art clothes because I have respect for my fellow artists to look good and dry without wild hair lol. Most of the time I am happy with jeans, shirts and hoodies under heavier jackets and will wear the same thing all week cuz I spend more time in the water. I have many colurful swim suits from Funkita ( that express my personality with fluorescent cats whilst everyone wears the tech suits)..,and black for everything else. I express my adhd in my home pool and am friends with everyone. People always respond that I look cool although sometimes I don’t feel up to seeing people but; once I get it together with a few classy clothes that are timeless, I feel better.

    • Skinny jeans are a big part of my winter uniform Susan because its so cold here. They are very practical. When you have lots of roles like you, you can have subsets of your uniform for each activity. It sounds like you are already doing that, so great job!

  2. Hi Jacqui

    At school I hated the uniform because of the colour and the itchiness but as an adult I always like a uniform and like you suggest, make my own up 🙂

    x x x

    • Absolutely Val! we are creates of habit, so we usually wear similar items already. Its just a question of giving yourself permission and expanding it a little.

  3. Jen Draper says:

    Getting rid of almost all my clothes and switching to a capsule wardrobe has helped enormously. Everything works together, so decision-making is really simplified. I got rid of my dresser altogether, and all my clothes fit on one garment rack. This also meant no longer storing off-season clothing and so much less laundry. Win-win!

  4. LOVE the Harper’s Bazaar article, Jacqui! I’ve always worn similar types of things, but never this narrow as the woman in the article. However, as soon as I get back from the trip I’m leaving on tomorrow, I’m reorganizing my closet and designing my uniform for real! Thanks a bunch for this idea.

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