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HOW TO GET OUT OF A STYLE RUT

You know the feeling – you wake up one day, look in your wardrobe and it hits you: you don’t like a single thing you see. It’s that classic 'I have nothing to wear' syndrome, but not because you have nothing to wear (also listed under: first world problems) but, quite simply, you’re bored of everything you see. Still not familiar? Let us help with a simple break down.

Ways to identify a style rut:

1. All your clothes and shoes are the same colour and you’ve been wearing this same hue for longer than you’ve been gluten free
2.You have two pairs of trousers that are on constant rotation because you can’t possibly fathom trying a pleated skirt or jumpsuit
3. You’ve been saying ‘black is the new black’ for five or more years because, let’s face it, any other colour seems more effort than it's worth

If you identify with any of the above, don’t panic: it’s a common side effect of our ‘I’m too busy to care about identifying my own style’ lifestyle. What you’ve likely identified is what suits you (and you stick with it, rightfully): skinny black jeans, for example, which are the failsafe of so many. Or your beloved puff sleeve shirt: directional enough for a style savvy woman but smart enough for the office and cool enough with jeans for the weekend. What’s worth pointing out is a common misconception that when it comes to dissolving said rut, most of us would head straight for a new wardrobe beginning with jeans, jumpers, jackets (and so on) but we easily forget the actual wardrobe game-changers.

We appreciate that starting over isn’t exactly appealing (and, mercifully, we’re not asking you to do so). Instead, we have another solution to offer: update your accessories repertoire. It’s that simple! It doesn’t involve you hitting the shops and trying on endless new clothes that make you feel bad about yourself. It does involve buying fun things like bags, shoes and jewellery. In short, have all the shopping fun and reap all the stylish rewards. For how, simply consult our problem-solution chart below, and enjoy the new spring in your step quicker than you can say ‘statement necklace.’

Symptoms:
A constant feeling of mediocrity; hallucinations including style grammy award winning; obsession with investment pieces

Diagnosis:
Boring-itis

Solution:
Expel all your prior wardrobe training: buying wisely needn’t mean buying boringly. Sure, a tan tote will go with everything in your wardrobe, but will it enchance those great Levi’s that fit you so well you won’t wear anything else? No, of course not. Picture this: Levi’s jeans, white t-shirt, and – hold on – a silver cross body?! YES! That’s what we’re talking about: small tweaks. Metallics add a hint of fun, but keep it to silver or gold and you’ll feel refreshed without altering too much. The same goes for shoes: swap those beige pumps for pointed gold flats and wait for your sartorial sight of relief.From Left: Jimmy Choo, Nicholas Kirkwood, Dior 

Symptoms:
Addicted to black clothes, shoes and bags; confusion when seeing bright colours

Diagnosis:
Satura-phobia

Solution:
Turning up the saturation with caution is advised here as some will take better to treatment than others. Starting with ‘neutral colours’, introduce flashes of red or blue where appropriate. We advise starting with scarves wrapped around bag handles and progressing to bags and shoes as and when appropriate.From Left: Gianvito Rossi , Dolce &Gabbana, Joseph

Symptoms:
Likes clothes but never the final outfit; is fashion forward but works in a corporate environment

Diagnosis:
Confus-itis

Solution:
Knowing that small touches of trend can go along way. You’re expected to wear heels to work but hate bog-standard court shoes? Trade L.K.Bennett in for Balenciaga (or an affordable alternative) and you’ll be sniggering at your uniform guidelines behind your piles of paperwork. Bored of transporting your laptop in a black briefcase? Enter fashion’s finest array of young designers making minimal work in a maximal way. Your skirt suit will never have looked more modern.From left: Loeffler Randall, Balenciaga 


Symptoms:
Spends lots of money on new things but ends up wearing the same old things; hides exciting items in back of wardrobe

Diagnosis:
Scared-itis

Solution:

First move everything new to the front of your wardrobe. Next promise yourself you will wear that pair of embelished Miu Miu shoes on Monday come hell or high water. Basically just grow a pair, and get your price per wear down pronto.
From Left: Miu MIu pink shoes, Miu Miu blue shoes

Symptoms:
Fear of buying anything new; addiction to buying the same thing

Diagnosis:
Experimento-phobia

Solution:
Symptoms are easily relieved with a light dose of accessory update. For example, if caused by buying the umpteenth pair of round-toe black boots, opt for a pair with a Perspex heel or exposed lining for immediate relief. Once confidence grows, progress to alternatives including kitten heel ankle boots or sock boots.
From Left: Vetements, Neous 

 

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