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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, but I’ve been feeling like I’ve been in a bit of a style rut recently. I put a lot of emphasis on building up the foundations of a wardrobe, but I think we all know that it’s the special pieces in our closet that help to keep things interesting. While there’s nothing quite like something shiny and new to liven up a seemingly dull wardrobe, there are a few things that you can do to overhaul your closet and get out of that style rut, without spending any money.
IDENTIFY SILHOUETTES & COLOUR PALETTES YOU LIKE
I feel like with basically every wardrobe conundrum possible, Pinterest is the p-e-r-f-e-c-t starting point to gather inspiration and truly kick off any style journey. Whenever I’m feeling like I’m starting to tire of my existing wardrobe, I look to Pinterest to identify the types of silhouettes that I want to be reaching for, which more often than not are focused on quite minimal colour palettes like my own.
It could be finding a fresh new silhouette that you hadn’t thought of or haven’t felt brave enough to try, or an innovative take on layering that’ll up your winter style game; it’s the action of getting that new perspective that can ultimately give you the tools to look at your closet in a whole new way, which leads to my next point…
SHOP YOUR WARDROBE
Using your newfound inspiration or mood board, take a peek into your wardrobe and play around with styling. Pair together pieces which you’d usually keep apart or try some colour combinations (if you dare – assuming you have colour in your closet!) that go beyond what you’d typically reach for everyday.
WEAR YOUR FAVOURITES
There’s no pleasure in forcing yourself to wear things that you don’t love; obviously the dream is to have only things that give you joy, but sometimes practicality takes precedence. Take the time to make getting dressed fun again, by putting all your favourite pieces to the front of your closet. Every day grab a different favourite and improvise to make it work, whether it’s an unlikely hero for the office, or dressing down something you’d usually reserve for corporate wear only.
PUSH YOURSELF OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
That tangerine off the shoulder top that you’ve had hidden in the back of your wardrobe for months, or those classic oxfords that you just haven’t been quite sure how to style; push beyond your comfort zone and take a tip from your Pinterest fodder when it comes to styling. You might just find a new pairing that you absolutely love.
SWITCH UP YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE
My everyday beauty routine is typically the same; a taupe-y shimmery shadow swept across my eyelid, my signature cat eye flick, and a little bit of coloured gel brushed through my brows. My haircare routine is even more relaxed; I’ll spend less than five minutes twirling a GHD through my hair for some light waves, before I’m done for the day.
To get out of that style rut, it can pay to mix up your beauty routine a little, whether that be with a new hairstyle like a chic slicked back bun, or a bold lipstick – my favourite is hands down ‘wild ginger’ by Tom Ford. Aside from changing the overall mood or vibe of an outfit, it can also alter the way that you perceive your look when you take a glance in the mirror. These small changes can also give the impression that you put in a little more effort than you actually did, and I’m all for that effortless kind of beauty.