There are so many ways to fall into a style rut. Motherhood. A change of jobs or towns. Break-ups. Weight gain or loss. A complete absence of time to spend on ourselves. Sometimes it’s just malaise and feeling bleurrgh.
We end up hating on everything in our over-flowing wardrobes with nothing to wear.
Here are 7 ideas on how to pull yourself out of a style rut.
- Add an extra something to every outfit. Just one extra little layer. Maybe a pair of earrings, or a necklace, a scarf or a jacket. Just one thing can add so much polish. You can check out some great ideas over at FlatBumMum here.
- Get to know your wardrobe. You bought the clothes in there. You must have loved them (a little bit at least) once. Put aside some time and just have a play with what you have. Are there corporate items that could be repurposed? It might also be a good time for a wardrobe cleanse so that you can easily access the things you really want to wear. At least put away what no longer fits (either your body or your life).
- Try a subtle change. If you are always in jeans, try pants or a denim skirt. If you are always in plain shorts, try a print. If you always wear a t-shirt, could you try one with a bit of embellishment? You don’t have to go for a complete style overhaul – small changes can make you feel good too.
- Wear your things in different ways. Your wardrobe might be housing a heap more outfits that you realise. There are lots of different ways to wear a dress, for instance. Try to think outside the box and see what you come up with.
- Add some lippie or change your hair. Sometimes it’s not even about our clothes. It’s just that awful frumpy feeling. Wearing some pretty lipstick or parting your hair on a different side can be enough to brighten your day.
- Change up your shoes. I think shoes make a huge difference to any outfit. If you are casual flats only girl, consider wearing a little heel. Or look for some glam flats. There are lots out there. If you’re always in heels or dressy flats, think about wearing something more casual — brogues and sneakers offer a cool style edge.
- Get some professional help. You might be reading this and thinking “Nope, none of that is going to work – I don’t need a shake up, I need a new start” If that’s the case, it might be time to get some help. If you have a girlfriend whose style you have always admired, why not ask her? Or you can always turn to the experts. I think Nikki Parkinson’s book, Unlock your Style, is one of the best out there to give you the tools you need to create a look you love. There are also some great online courses, like Flat Bum Mum’s Style Reset. If you think you need in person, one-on-one help and you have the time and cash, invest in a styling session. If you are in Brisbane, I recommend Sally of Steele My Style.