Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Are You In a Style Rut?

By Sheila Dicks

You’re in a style rut if you if your wardrobe makes you feel boring, if you haven’t bought any new pieces you love in a long time, if a lot of what you own is a fad from the past, if you’re still wearing the same outfits from 15 + years ago, if your wardrobe is 95% black or if you’re not getting complimented on how you look. A wardrobe that never changes can get dreary and that dullness can seep over to other areas of your life.

The opposite is also true. A wardrobe full of clothes you love to wear and looks great on you is a wonderful boost and a fabulous way to start your day.

If you feel your wardrobe lacks excitement here are some suggestions to add style and pizzazz to your dressing. Before you get started remember for best results make subtle changes over a period of time. Rushing in and making drastic changes could leave you feeling uncomfortable with your new look.

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Start by buying a few fashion magazines to get an idea of the current trends. You won’t need to buy all the latest trends (that could create a larger problem) but just add a few items to your wardrobe. For example, adding a pencil skirt or pair skinny jeans to your wardrobe is a great place to start.

2. Add a couple of different stores to your shopping expedition. You might find an item you like that you would have never seen if you hadn’t got off the beaten path. If you always buy a certain brand, try a different one.

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Use color and accessories to spice up your wardrobe. In your accent pieces (i.e. camisole or scarf) pick up the new colour of the season. The latest styles in handbags, shoes and necklaces will bring your look into the current season.

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5. Get help transforming your wardrobe. Hiring a fashion stylist to update your wardrobe and get you on track could be one of the best investments you’ll ever make. Not only will you save money by not buying clothing that is too big, the wrong colour, too small, itchy, rides up – clothes you’ll never wear, you will also save loads of time.

As you get out of your style rut, act slowly and remember some things do not change. In particular, the cut of the clothing that is best suited to your body type will not change and your best colours will remain the same for many years. Use what you know about the styles that are most flattering for you when you decide to change your look.