How To Get Out Of A Style Rut

How To Get Out of a Style Rut

Is it a Rut or Routine?

Routines are my favorite, and change makes me twitchy, so it’s easy and comfortable for me to repeat what is…easy and comfortable, whether I like it or not. I’ve had the same thing for breakfast almost every day for the last 20 years, and I love that routine. Is it because I don’t have other breakfast foods in my house? No, I have plenty of other options, but I like this routine because it’s fast, filling, and I like how it tastes.

I used to do the same thing with clothes for the same reason, wear the same things over and over, even though I had way more clothes than I do now, but it wasn’t satisfying. The outfits were easy, didn’t suit me, and I didn’t like how I looked. Being in a style rut was frustrating, but I didn’t really know what to do about it.

You don’t have to change your outfits so much from day to day that it’s like rotating through a costume shop. You can still wear your favorite outfits and combinations as often as you want.

I have my favorite outfit equations I use over and over, but I know how to change them up so they feel fresh and like me, and I LIKE THEM. My outfits are still fast, but now they suit me, and I love how I look.

The difference between routine and rut is, it’s only an outfit rut if it bothers you, you feel stifled, bored, unhappy, and dissatisfied.

Get Out of Your Outfit Rut

With a few simple tips you can get out of a rut and feel happy with your wardrobe again.

Clean Out Your Closet

The number one thing that is stifling your wardrobe is that it’s too big. I’m not saying you have to limit yourself to ten items per season, but most of us have way more clothes than we want, wear, or need.

Have you ever been to a restaurant and the hostess hands you a novel of a menu? It’s absolutely overwhelming! How do you choose when there are so many options? You could spend the whole evening reading it, you don’t like half of what’s listed, so you pick ANYTHING and move on. The next time you come back (if you come back), you just order the same thing, whether you liked it that much or not, because it’s just EASIER.

vThe best restaurants have a small menu, one to two pages at most. It takes only a few minutes to see your options and choose something that sounds mouth-watering. The next time you come back, it’s easy to choose another delicious option because you can see what the options are.

It’s the same with your wardrove, the more you have in your closet, the harder it is to see what’s in there, and the harder it is to come up with any new outfit combinations. Chances are, you are just grabbing what you can actually see, which is what came out of the laundry because it’s what you’ve been wearing over and over because it’s in front of your and easy. Which means much of your wardrobe is going unworn.

The last two Style Steps of the summer season in the Stunning Style Society were all about evaluating our summer wardrobes and cleaning out the things we don’t actually love. We did this together in the Society, and I talked about it with you in June.

Do you have to trim your wardrobe down? No. Do you have to stick to a specific number of pieces? No. Removing the items you don’t actually love and wear will help you see and use the ones you do. Why keep it if you don’t love it?

One of the many benefits of the Wardrobe Guides and Calendars are the items from the wardrobe are distributed evenly through the 100 outfits, helping you give some love to every item and still get variety. With the monthly wardrobe calendars, we make our way through about 90 of the outfits. Our summer wardrobe items were worn, we got value from them, and were able to see what we do and don’t like because we wore it!

Since we wore everything it was easy to clean out our closets.

Incorporate Current Trends

The thing about classic style is it’s timeless. That’s why it’s classic, from year to year and decade to decade, it looks current. But classic style can also feel boring and dated. Update your classic style by incorporating a few trends that suit you. If you look at it and get that instant, NEVER, then move along. If it piques your interest or makes you go all heart eyes, give it a try!

It takes comfort to try new things and change your mind about something. If you try some trends, it’s ok love them. It’s also ok to try new things and hate them. Both ways you learn something about yourself and your style.

There are so many trends that come and go it can be confusing to know which ones will work best with your classic style and how to wear them so they look and feel great on you. You can experiment and look for inspiration, or you can let me do this for you in the Stunning Style Classic Wardrobe Guide. I shop the internet and find all the pieces for a curated seasonal wardrobe, and I incorporate a few into the Guide. With the 100 outfits included in the Guide I show you exactly how to wear them. Then with the Style Steps I guide you through experimenting with them so you can really personalize how you do (or don’t) want to wear them.

Find a Few New Favorites

It’s amazing that one or two new pieces can do breathe new life into the rest of your wardrobe and expand your outfit options. The special pieces are the ones that tend to bring a dose of freshness to your old favorites with a pop of color or a dose of pattern, and the wardrobe staples tend to be the ones that expand your outfit options. We talked more about that a few months ago.

If you really want to make your wardrobe feel new, go for a couple of fall-appropriate items that will make you feel like you are really embracing the season. It could be a color, texture, or pattern that makes your heart sing like the hills are alive with falling leaves.

Shopping can be really time consuming and stressful if you don’t know what you are looking for, and now the options available in stores are extremely limited because of the current worldwide situation.

If you’ve been back to school shopping or looking for fall wardrobe items, you may have noticed there isn’t much available. Even the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, which is such a big deal because it’s all the new fall items on sale, not end-of-season clearance, is much smaller and focusing more on home goods and beauty and not a lot of clothes and shoes.

Lucky for you I happen to love a challenge, and I’ve found some amazing pieces, both wardrobe basics and some special items to include in the Fall Wardrobe Guide so you not only don’t have to hunt things down, you can do it all from your couch through the custom shopping portal exclusive to the Society.

Gather Inspiration

Maybe you don’t want or need anything new. Your closet is stuffed as it is! In that case maybe all you need is a fresh perspective on what you already have. Inspiration outfits that contain pieces similar to what you already own can give you new ideas of how to wear old favorites.

You can find inspiration by looking on Pinterest or Instagram. Search for wardrobe favorites like leopard flats outfit or red sweater outfit. I also go for wardrobe staples in this case because that is where things can start to feel stale and boring. Try searching things like white t-shirt outfit or black pants outfit.

Save them to your Pinterest board. You can either keep one just for outfit inspiration, make separate ones for each season, or one per outfit item you are looking for.

The Wardrobe Guide has 100 inspiration outfits, and I hear over and over from members that they’ve had many of these items for years and never thought to pair them in these ways. Their wardrobes feel new just from new combinations.

Shop Your Closet

I guarantee you have more in your closet than you realize, and instead of shopping the stores for a few new favorites, you can probably shop your closet for a few new favorites you’ve forgotten or didn’t know how to wear. All you need is a little of that inspiration we were just talking about.

Last week we talked about the Surprising Reasons Shopping Your Closet Will Be Your New Secret Weapon, and shopping your closet to discover old favorites, hidden gems, and recognizing trends in what you do and don’t love will propel you out of a style rut as you rotate through more items that have sat untouched.

As you work your way through your closet, you can slowly purge your closet by keeping and discarding items as you go, making it something that just happens effortlessly over time rather than an overwhelming chore you dread.

I specifically base the Guides on classic pieces you probably already own and add a few special pieces to refresh your wardrobe, if needed. And chances are, you may have something that already works for those too. The intention of the Guide has always been to shop your closet first. And some of my members shop their closets exclusively.

One of the first Style Steps is shopping my closet together for the current Guide so you can see how I substitute for most of what’s in the Guide and give members ideas of how they can do the same in their own closets, whether it’s swapping out colors, switching items, picking a different pattern, or incorporating these things in different ways so it works for each of us.


Shop Your Closet Challenge

With school starting, Labor Day looming, and summer coming to a close, we want all the fall feels, even if the leaves aren’t falling. These transitional outfits will help you get that autumn vibe, even if it still feels like swimsuit season.

I don’t know about you, but where I live, September isn’t sweater weather, not matter how much I want it to be, but I still want to embrace the fall season with my outfits.

To help you get out of your outfit rut and dress for fall, we are starting the Summer to Fall Transition Shop Your Closet Challenge! If you’ve been with me for a while you know how fun these challenges are!

Starting Sunday, August 23-August 30 I’ll share an inspiration outfit at 4 p.m. ET in the Capsule Wardrobes for Classic Style Facebook group so you can shop your closet for the next day’s outfit.

The purpose is to dig into what you already have, get fresh inspiration to wear things you own, and get creative about how you wear what you’ve got. Your creativity will really flow as you mix up the outfits based on what’s in your wardrobe and your personal style and preferences.

Share your outfits in the group and each outfit will enter you to win a $100 gift card from Kendra Scott because nothing elevates your outfit and tells your style story like a great accessory! I love their quality and these are pieces that will last a lifetime. I am featuring some Kendra Scott items in the Fall Wardrobe Guide, and this is a great way to bring in something new to refresh your wardrobe.

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