I swear I have become perpetually lazy! For some reason, I lack the motivation to do much of anything. I am perfectly content sitting on my couch in my PJs, watching tv, and taking naps. Maybe I should have been a cat.
After Seattle’s recent “snowpocalypse,” everyone and their dog was talking about having cabin fever. I, on the other hand, was completely fine staying home.
Other contributing factors:
- My vitamin D level is abnormally low. I recently started taking a supplement and feel much better!
- I strongly dislike getting ready in the morning. I wish I could snap my fingers and be showered, dressed, and ready for the day.
- Then there’s the clothing factor—the last thing I want to do is put on clothes that look and feel constricting. Part of this is due to my weight gain, feeling tired, and ongoing GI issues. I feel gross.
Because of these factors, I developed a fashion formula: button-down shirt, long cardigan, leggings, and riding boots. This worked, until it didn’t, and I found myself in a style rut. The repetition got the better of me! If you’ve experienced something comparable, I invite you to try these simple tips to help break the cycle.
Clean out your closet. I’m constantly doing this! My goal is to narrow down items in my wardrobe to those I actually wear. You don’t have to go crazy, but if you need some tips to get started, check out this post.
Set out your outfit the night before. Back in the day, I would always do this—not only would it save precious time in the morning, but it also helped alleviate potential frustrations when deciding what to wear.
Buy something new that can easily be incorporated into your wardrobe. I recommend picking up a fun jacket or blazer, handbag, or pair of shoes. You don’t have to spend a lot when purchasing these items. Visit your local thrift shop or fast-fashion retailer: Target, Forever 21, H&M, and Zara. Keep in mind that whatever you find doesn’t need to break your budget. The idea is to mix things up and add flair.
Add fun, unique accessories. This tip complements the one prior but may be more budget-friendly. You can do a lot with your accessories—they can completely transform your look. Try adding a hat, scarf, or cute hair accessory to your outfit.
Do a closet swap with friends. Even if your gal pals aren’t the same size, you can trade accessories, shoes, handbags, jewelry, etc. Take it a step further and help each other come up with different ways to style items in your closet. I did this once on my blog and asked people for ideas on how to wear a particular jacket, and several people offered creative solutions!
Follow Your Favorite Fashionista + Utilize Pinterest
Look to Pinterest on how to wear certain trends or items. I have this blush jacket but wanted to come up with other ways to wear it, so I did a search on Pinterest and created a board to pin similar looking items.
Follow your favorite blogger or style icon for weekly outfit inspo. Take elements from their looks and re-create using similar pieces in your closet. Even if you don’t have the exact pieces, you can create a similar vibe or aesthetic. I recently did this with my favorite style blogger and became re-inspired to shop my own closet.
How do you get out of a style rut? Share in the comments.
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