How to Get Out of a Style Rut

Revamping your closet without breaking the bank

close up details: grey sweater, pleated velvet skirt, Zac Posen bag

I’m having a full blown case of the winter blues lately. January was the longest month ever, and the persistent chilly temperatures aren’t been helping one bit. For the past few weeks, I’ve been living in uniform of sweaters, leggings and boots. Caught in the cycle of wearing the same thing over and over, I’ve just be uninspired when it comes to my personal style lately, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. So to help those of your with the nothing-to-wear blues, I’ve put together a list of 5 ideas to help you to get out of a style rut whenever a shopping spree is just not an option.

Style post: Velvet pleated skirt, grey sweater,Zac Posen mini bag OOTD - Toronto Style Blogger - how to get out of a style rut

5 Ways to Get Out of a Style Rut without Breaking the Bank

The key to getting out of a style rut is to break through those old patterns and getting out of the comfort zone you have built up for yourself. You’ll need to put on your creative hat and get a little inspiration! So here are 5 ways to refresh your style palette and pull yourself out of a style rut.

1. Clean out your closet

When you’re in a style rut, it’s like breaking a bad habit. You keep going to the same outfits over and over and forget what else you actually own. It’s easy to see only what’s in front of you and forget about all the other great pieces of clothing that are hiding in the depths of your closet. Doing a closet clean out and re-organization is a good way to take inventory and see what you actually have. You’ll find pieces you love that you’ve forgotten about, or even pieces you’ve hardly worn at all that, and who knows what else that you can add to your current circulation. Plus, once you’re done, it will feel so good to have an organized closet, because I’m sure you’ve all heard about Marie Kondo and her spark joy method by now!

2. Mix it up!

Now that you’ve cleaned out your closet and found some less worn items. It’s time to get creative and mix and match those tops, bottoms, shoes into new inspiring outfits. Making new outfits out of the clothes you already have are a great way to make those old pieces seem new again. Try mixing prints, colors and even layering different pieces for creative new combinations.

3. Accessorize

I’m a firm believer that accessories can make or break an outfit, and in this case, you need them to make the outfit. Nothing can revamp an old outfit like a great statement necklace.  So try a new necklace with a shirt you normally wouldn’t, add a fun belt to a dress, or even pair an unexpected pair of shoes with one of your typical outfits.

4. Get Inspired

If you’re still feeling blah about your wardrobe, the world of fashion is just at your finger tips. In the digital world we live in, a great way to give you new ideas on how you might want to style the clothes you have. Pinterest is one of my favourite places to get inspired, it provides endless inspiration for possible outfit combinations and of course Instagram and a never ending feed for stylish outfit ideas as well. Many of the times while I’m browsing, I’ll see people style similar items styling them in a way I never thought of!

5. Revamp Your Beauty and Hair Routine

Sometimes the problem with your style rut is really not about your clothes at all, but in another routine that’s getting old. Trying out a new bold new lipstick with an outfit, or vamping up that eye make up routine can be the refresh that you’re looking for. And you know a new hair style is always a good way to change up your look too!

Outfit ideas to get out of a style rut - grey pleated skirt, grey sweater, mini bag

Outfit Details:

Top: Turtleneck raglan sleeve jumper c/o Shein
Bottom: Velvet pleated skirt c/o Shein
Shoes: OTK suede boots by Steve Madden
Bag: Eartha mini bag by Zac Posen

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  • Kimberly
    February 7, 2019

    I love these looks. Your bag is so dang cute!

    • Eileen
      February 7, 2019

      Thanks Kimberly! This bag is so great for adding a little character to any outfit!

  • Dr. Yam
    February 12, 2019

    Thanks for the inspiration. Cleaning out the closet is certainly on my list!

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