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4 Ways to Break Out of Your Fashion Rut

Are you stuck in a fashion rut?

Sometimes being in a fashion rut means wearing nothing but yoga pants and t-shirts, but other times a fashion rut can be more subtle – especially if you still have to get dressed up for work each day. In these cases, a fashion rut might simply be recognized by no longer feeling excited by your clothes or your style, or taking the easy way out with wearing the same old things day in and day out. You can even be in a fashion rut if you own a lot of clothes – trust me!

Getting stuck in a fashion rut can happen for several reasons. One reason might be that you are on a limited budget and therefore haven’t bought new clothes or updated your style for several years. Another reason you might be in a fashion rut is that the clothes you wear and/or the life you lead are not what you truly desire.

To keep it simple for today, we aren’t going to delve into the deep topic of changing your whole life in the pursuit of happiness. But we will talk about some steps you can take to break out of a fashion rut if you are tired of your clothes or style.

1. Figure Out A Direction

Again, we are only talking about a fashion direction today, although we know that sometimes your fashion direction and happiness is directly tied into other things like your overall life direction and happiness too. If you are wearing boring black suits everyday to work and you are tired of it, perhaps its because you are ready for a new direction.

As long as you are not required to wear black suits to work everyday, you can take time to think about what you want to represent with your look and what types of clothes that translates into. Key words for you fashion direction might be things like:

  • Fun
  • Cozy
  • Casual
  • Dressy
  • Flowy
  • Edgy
  • Chic
  • Colorful
  • Trendy

These are just some ideas to get you started, but the possibilities of how you want to describe your ideal style direction are endless. You might even have to choose more than one to describe your wardrobe, especially if you have 2 very different styles you want to achieve for life at work vs life in the evenings and weekends.

For example, if you want to be more “fun” with your fashion, perhaps you can wear a colored suit, a bold necklace, or a colored blouse instead of a plain white one to your office job. But if you are really limited in what you can wear to work, maybe you change the wardrobe you wear when you are not at work instead.

2. Sort Through Your Clothes

You don’t need to get rid of every single piece that doesn’t fit with your new style direction, but the majority of the things you decide to keep from your current wardrobe need to fit with the direction you are trying to achieve.

It can be hard to part with perfectly good clothes that you just no longer wear or feel drawn to, but it is a necessary part of breaking out of your fashion rut.

3. Make a List

Now that you know what you have to work with, it’s time to make a list of things you might want to buy to go with your new style. You can use tools like Polyvore and Pinterest to get outfit ideas and help you build the style you are looking for.

While you are making a list of things you want to look for, keep a budget in mind too. If you are trying a drastically different style from what you are used to, it might be a good idea to start with cheaper pieces to see if you like the new style or trend before you shell out for more expensive pieces.

4. Go Shopping!

The most fun step of all is going shopping. You need to take your list with you and shop primarily from there with your budget in mind.

Have fun! Breaking out of a fashion rut is about trying new things and re-discovering your look. Your look says a lot about who you are as a person, so it deserves more thought than just throwing on random clothes every morning.

Have you ever been in a fashion rut? How did you break out of your fashion rut?

About the author

Kayla

Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.

2 comments
Kate @ Money Propeller - July 25, 2015

I just tried to mix and match my old clothes. You can also pair it with accessories too.

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    Kayla - July 26, 2015

    Great ideas! New accessories is a cheaper way to break out of your rut and you can definitely find new ways to wear old pieces too. 🙂

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