It’s easy to fall into the same boring routine when picking out what to wear in the morning. Perhaps it’s because you’re always in a rush to get ready or you’re simply too lazy to venture out of your comfort zones. Let's face it, we are all creatures of habit, and sometimes, these habits can prevent us from keeping our style fresh and curb our enthusiasm for trying out new things.
I call this getting “Stuck in a Rut”. When it comes to fashion, it usually resembles wearing the same outfits (or colours) over and over again, or wearing your gym clothes everywhere (but the gym?). The good news is that you can snap out of a style rut quite easily, and with a few simple steps, you'll get back the new and stylish you in no time.
1. Purge Your Wardrobe
Yes, ladies. When its’ got to go, its got to go. There’re no 2 ways about it. You have to clear out the old to make room for the new. If you've got a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear, you’re suffering from a syndrome I call closet overwhelm. Purging your wardrobe of items you haven't worn in the past year 6 months, 2 years …choose your own timeframe), will free up your space while helping you feel more organized to tackle your style issues.
2. Find Your Inspiration
Outfit fatigue tends to strike when we least expect it. If all your go-to fashion ensembles are starting to feel (dare I say it), BORING, it's time to get inspired. Start looking at shop displays for ideas about what's new and hot for the season. Follow your favorite style icons on TV, the internet or magazines to see what they're wearing. Join Pinterest! Pinterest is an amazing tool for finding and organizing inspiring photos of outfits, accessories, hair, makeup, and more. A little spark of inspiration can go a long way... plus it's fun! The best outfits start with a vision, so lets keep our style antennae tuned up and keyed in!
3. Re-Evalulate Your Hair & MakeUp
You don’t need a major life crisis to change your hairstyle. (Think Jennifer Aniston’s long layers to bob transformation). And you don’t have to do anything drastic like chopping it all off or dyeing it green. Obviously, cutting and dying your hair are real style-rut remedies, but experimenting with a new look could be as simple as parting your hair on a different side! Or perhaps you could let down your pony tail (if you’ve always tied your hair back). Try cutting some new bangs, or add layers if your hair has been at one length for the longest time.
As for makeup, my favourite tip is to try a bold lipstick. It’s the cheapest and easiest way to break out of a style rut and you’d be amazed how something so easy can transform your look. Another fun thing to do is to visit your favourite cosmetic counters with a fresh, bare face and play around with their colour palettes. Experiment with new shades for your eyes and lips. Try a new eye liner (it doesn’t have to be black). If yours is a full face madeup look, perhaps you want to simplify your makeup routines and opt for a makeup-free, fresh and natural look. You'll certainly get the attention of your friends and create fresh buzz.
4. Wear Colour On Colour
Even if you’re someone who isn’t afraid of color, odds are you still rely pretty heavily on the neutrals in your wardrobe. It’s amazing how refreshed your clothing can look when you start pairing up colours with colours. For example, instead of wearing that pink silk blouse with a basic black pencil skirt, why not try it with that colourful abstract print full skirt or that sleek royal blue skinny jeans instead? Designers often pair their colourful pieces together on the runway, which gives collections an amazingly modern feel, so why not try it out with items you already own?
5. Stop Separating Your “Dressy” And “Casual” Pieces
Here’s a really easy and modern trick to look like the most effortlessly stylish girl in the room: Pair dressy bottoms (a maxi skirt, or beaded skirt, silk or metallic pants) with a casual top (a plain sweater or a graphic tee). You can also try matching a dainty lace or sequined top with torn jeans, or a romantic floral chiffon dress with chunky boots for that boho feel. If you have always segmentised your wardrobe between the dressy and the casual items, this tip will open up a brand new “collection” of new ensembles to try, and, allow you to get more wear out of those “dressier” pieces that might otherwise just hang in your closet until you actually have somewhere fancy to go!
6. Replace Old Accessories With Trendy Accessories
Lately, “trendy” has become a dirty word, but in truth, there’s nothing wrong with embracing the ones you truly like. That’s what makes fashion fun, right? If you’re in a style rut, changing out some of your “older” accessories for some new ones will absolutely make your clothes feel more “now”. The great part about switching out accessories is that fast fashion retailers are always packed with these on-trend items at comfortable price points, so you don’t have to shell out crazy chunks of cash for items you may not keep in your style arsenal for too long.
7. Switch Out Your Shoes
This tip is simple yet super effective. If you normally wear heels, start to wear flats—and vice versa. Changing your shoes and powerfully change your look. After all, our clothes typically fall in line with the shoes we wear, so switching things up can lend a totally unexpected twist to pieces you already have. If you’re someone wears heels every day, start testing out this season’s amazingly chic flat shoes like loafers, slides or slip-on sneakers. You’d be surprised how different your clothes start to look. Basic pieces like black ankle trousers or a short swingy skirt could look predictable with heels, pair them with loafers or slip-ons and your look becomes totally reinvented and very modern. Likewise, if you’re someone who’s always in flat shoes, try wearing your outfit with a pair of chic heels, even if your outfit is a simple jeans and tee combo. Your clothes will hang differently, and you’ll look taller, both of which can shake up your look.
So that’s my 7 tips on how to get out of a style rut. Hope it’s helpful. Now, it’s over to you. Which of my 7 tips would you want to try? What other tips can you share that will help us get out of our style ruts? Love to hear your comments and questions, so drop me a note and I’ll do my best to respond personally. Till next time, have a wonderful week ahead, may you always show up with grace, gladness and style!