Five things to try if you’re in a style rut
IT happens to the best of us. And even the most stylish.
You’re looking your best, feeling confident, dressing well and then bam, without warning you soon find yourself in a style rut, bogged down and fearing there is no way out. And so what do you do? You panic. Or sulk. You begin to feel afraid of trying anything different and before you know it, you’re wearing the same old clobber, day in, day out. Don’t get me wrong, we all have our style ‘thang’ and that’s good. Hold on to that my friends. It’s what makes you, your fabulous YOU. Just don’t get bogged down by your clothing. Don’t let your wardrobe confuse the hell out of you. And don’t become boring with what you wear. Our style – just like life – needs shaking up from time to time, in order to get the most out of it. And so, with that in mind, here are five simple things to try if you find ever find yourself suffering from a wardrobe crisis.
Inject some colour
Black, navy, grey, white. You can’t go wrong with classic neutrals that is true. But when you wear them day in, day out, well come on now, you gotta admit, it can all get a tad boring.
Think of how much fun you had with colour when you were a child and be inspired. Jewel colours like ruby red, cobalt blue and jade green scream class, vibrance and confidence and are great to wear when you’re feeling a bit blah or a little insecure. While softer colours like lavender blue (my favourite), blush pink and mint green are perfect for those times when a little romance and prettiness is needed like at a wedding or on a date.
Scared of colour? Still no excuse to not at least try. Start with a pattern or with vibrant, colourful accessories.
Do the opposite of what you normally do
If you want to completely get out of your comfort zone, this is the one for you. It’s an easy rule to remember but one that works an absolute treat.
Just think of how you dress on a day to day basis and then do the EXACT opposite. Even if it’s just for a few days or a week.
Wear jeans everyday? Then put them away and wear skirts instead. Only ever seen in a frock? Then treat yourself to some trousers.Spend your life in flats? Then wear heels. (Trust me, when I say, there are heels out there that are comfortable and can be worn every day, even when running after mischievous toddlers).
Wear the opposite of what you normally wear and see how you feel. It may feel a bit weird at first but you will look very differently at yourself after. And that, my sweet lovelies, is a good thing.
Think in numbers
Instead of wearing one necklace, wear three – of different lengths – together. Instead of one chunky bangle, mix up your wrist wear and wear it with a couple of slimmer bracelets. Instead of wearing just a pair of earrings, add a necklace and a cocktail ring.
You get the picture. Layering jewellery or wearing more than one piece at a time will boost you style rating quickly and easily. Plus, a good rummage through your jewellery box will enable you to discover all the old beauties you’d forgotten about.
Just be careful and don’t deck yourself out too much. I’m thinking of you as a fabulous display cabinet not an overdone Christmas tree.
Wear things differently
Stating the obvious huh? But seriously, look in your wardrobe with a fresh pair of eyes. That black cocktail dress could make for a fabulous daytime outfit, teamed with a denim shirt, opague tights and a scarf. And that old pair of jeans, now deserted due to faded knees could be made into a brilliant pair of ripped jeans with a little effort.
Look at what you have and think how you can get more out of your wardrobe. Wear sequinned tops over shirts for a fun but glamourous day time look. Wear maxi skirts and stretchy skirts as dresses (this works so easily!) Belt long cardigans, wear your husband’s shirts, try teaming a feminine skirt with casual trainers or wear super high heels with tailored shorts.
Get creative, play around and have fun with what you already have.
Your clothing and accessories speak for you as a person, before you even open your mouth.Think about that for a second. Pretty powerful isn’t it?
But these days with the high street and disposable fashion, the danger is that we can all start to look and dress the same. So how do you combat this?
Easy, add pieces that tell a story. Your story. Wear pieces from your history. From your family. Pieces that mean something to you. Pieces that you just can’t live without.
Wear those brooches that belonged to your Grandma. Wear your wedding shoes again, when you attend another wedding. Wear the loom band bracelets your kids have made you. Wear that beloved dress you found in a jumble sale. Don’t save things for best. And don’t be afraid of sharing who you are.
Great pieces are brilliant conversation starters. They enable strangers to talk to you without appearing bonkers and give you an opportunity to share a story, your story with others in a subtle way.
Wearing what is important to you, makes you authentic, makes you stand out from the crowd and makes you, you. Forget how others dress. Just concentrate on telling your story and you won’t go far wrong.
Have an amazing weekend everyone! There will be no posts next week as I’m having a much needed break, but if you’re looking for something to read, do check out the archives, have a search or visit my favourite blogs!
See you soon!