Have you ever felt like you're stuck in a bit of a style rut? If you're like me, you probably go through phases of switching things up and having fun with your clothes, then revert back to a uniform of just a few pieces and styles. Over and over again.
Although having a reliable uniform isn't a bad thing at all - especially when you need to get ready and be out the door as quickly as possible! - feeling completely bored of your clothes really isn't so great. A uniform makes a great foundation, but it's the pieces we mix with our uniform that breathe new life into our style and, most of the time, give us a new-found confidence.
4 tips for getting out of that style rutThe good news is breaking out of a style rut doesn't have to be hard at all - or as dramatic a change as it sounds! Here are 4 little ways I mix it up when my own wardrobe starts to feel a bit too same-y, as is the case right now. As told by my social media feeds...
Another day, another pair of trainers. Today I'm giving these new beauties from @danielfootwear their second outing 🙊💕 A photo posted by Jodie Marie Dewberry (@alajode) on
1. Stick to what you knowYes, really! Bet you weren't expecting that, were you?
If you don't know where to start and feel overwhelmed, start with what you already know! Mixing up your style doesn't have to involve making huge changes; sometimes it can be as easy as simply trying your favourite style of jeans in a (slightly) different wash. You might be amazed at how refreshing something so small can feel!
I love trainers and rely heavily on my white Converse and reliable navy Adidas Gazelles, but this year I've been trying to mix it up with bolder styles. Rather than forcing myself into heels or a shoe style that doesn't feel comfortable (physically or psychologically) for me, I've branched out with something I'm already comfortable in.
The chunky trainers in the picture above are my latest addition. They're from Daniel Footwear's own brand range and they're so much fun to wear! I wasn't sure about them because they're quite different from my usual style (despite the fact that they're trainers!) but, just like my Kurt Geiger Langley trainers that I posted about earlier this year, I fell in love with them as soon as I put them on. They pushed me out of my comfort zone just enough to keep smiling all day - and also got a good number of compliments!
2. Create a mood-board
There's a website that was created specifically for those days when we need some inspiration and it's better known to most of us as... Pinterest!
The visual search engine can throw up countless ideas for anything you're thinking about. Want to find new ways to style a white t-shirt? Search for "white t-shirt" and you'll be bombarded with them. Wondering how you can make white jeans work for you? Just plug it into that search bar.
Best of all, Pinterest also helps you direct your search by showing related words above the search results. I love building up boards with ideas and styling tips that I can refer back to it whenever I'm feeling rutty (thought I was making that word up but spellcheck says otherwise... ). An hour spent pinning can leave me with weeks of inspiration and ideas - usually too many to ever act on!
I just love this ad and I don't even know why 🙈💕 #magazine #advertising #perfume #narcisorodriguez #fashion #fashionmagazine #sundaymorning #sundayvibes A photo posted by Jodie Marie Dewberry (@alajode) on
3. Take inspirationIf your style rut stems from a lack of inspiration, allow yourself an evening to browse your favourite magazines. My personal favourites are Women's Health, InStyle and Glamour. They don't even have to be fashion magazines - magazines are ultimately designed to inspire the reader so sometimes just soaking up new information on any topic can help hit the refresh button. If you're not feeling so old school, there's always another option... Blogs! It may seem pretty obvious, but there's no better resource for endless amounts of fashion and style inspiration. Some of the ones I always go back to for super quick fashion inspo include In The Frow, Man Repeller and The Rachel Ross, but other blog niches work just as well.
4. Switch up your accessories
Switching up your style doesn't even have to mean changing the clothes you wear.
We all know that accessories can transform an outfit, , so why not start small? You may find that a colourful statement necklace really livens up an old t-shirt you've been getting bored of.
I'm the WORST at mixing up my accessories and have rarely deviated from two rose gold necklaces, two pairs of rose gold studs and a rose gold Marc Jacobs watch in the past 6 months or so. Embarrassing? A little. It's one thing sticking to what you know and love, and it's another to be lazy like me. Don't be lazy like me.
Have you ever felt stuck in a rut with your wardrobe? Do you have any tips to add? If so, I'd love to hear!