Getting Dressed in 'Less Than Seven Minutes' By VANESSA O'CONNELL August 30, 2007; Page D12 As vice chairman and creative director of Elie Tahari Ltd., best-known for women's business and career attire, Rory Tahari knows the importance of looking put-together and fresh at the office. But with two small children, the 35-year-old Ms. Tahari has "less than seven minutes to get dressed every day," she says. Until about a year ago, she says, she wore the same items again and again. "People used to come up to me at the office and say, 'Rory, you wear the same thing all the time. This is the fashion business.' But I would tell them: 'I don't have time!' " Then, Ms. Tahari, whose responsibilities include overseeing the advertising for the Elie Tahari line, devised a strategy to make her morning routine easier. Once every season, she goes through her wardrobe, pairing each blouse with pants or a skirt. Using this strategy, she has been able to pare her wardrobe down to about 75 looks each year, she says. The trick, she says, is to place all the elements of a single outfit on one hanger. She suggests acquiring so-called combination apparel hangers, which can hold a jacket and top, as well as a skirt or pants. She even hangs a necklace or other jewelry over the outfit on the hanger. And she uses a Polaroid camera to photograph the shoes that go best with each outfit and then tapes the shoe photo to the hanger, too. In all, Ms. Tahari says, she winds up with as many as 20 office looks each season, plus five outfits for casual weekend outings. Her strategy also makes it easier for her to figure out which items in her wardrobe she won't be wearing, because they aren't useful. She usually gives these items to family and friends, or donates them to Bottomless Closet, a charity for women looking to get back into the work force. Her system has several benefits. "Instead of wearing that jacket or dress all the time, make it look the best it can look and you will get so much more from it," she says. She also can quickly see what else she needs to buy, such as a particular color of turtleneck. She recently began using the strategy to pack for family getaways. Rather than throwing in her favorite tops and bottoms separately, she folds entire outfits into large ziplock bags, along with accessories. "Once, we went to St. Bart's and when I got there and opened my suitcase, I saw that I had only packed tops," she says. "But now I pack my key outfits and nothing else."