how to break out of a style rut

Even the most fabulous fashionista has days when she stares into her wardrobe in quiet distress. Especially when you dress up every day, it can be easy to feel like you’ve fallen into a rut with your style. I know that there are way too many times that I stare at my many (many) clothes and think, “Oh my god, I have nothing to wear.” But as dire as the situation may seem, all you really need to get back on the horse is a little bit of creativity.

If you’re feeling uninspired or sick of the same old stuff, I’ve got a few ideas to help you bust out of that rut and bring your fashion game back to life.

Whatever shall I wear today?

  1. Buy something new (duh)
  2. Pair two pieces you’ve never paired before
  3. Plan an outfit inspired by a fictional character
  4. Create a monochromatic look
  5. Plan an outfit around an accessory
  6. Style a dress as a top
  7. Do a style swap with a friend
  8. Try a new silhouette
  9. Twin with a friend (aka wear the same piece on the same day & see how you each styled it!)
  10. Plan an outfit from the bottom up, starting with shoes
  11. Plan an outfit from the top down, starting with a hair accessory
  12. Mix two patterns you haven’t worn together
  13. Plan an outfit inspired by a favorite place
  14. Choose a new way to wear a style staple
  15. Style a piece to work in a new environment (a “fun” piece for work or a “work” piece for fun)
  16. Plan a week of outfits that tell a story
  17. Winterize a summer outfit
  18. Pair two colors you don’t usually wear together
  19. Try out an accessory that you don’t usually wear
  20. Wear an all-black outfit (or a no black outfit, depending on your style!)
  21. Plan an outfit inspired by a different time period than you usually wear
  22. Create a head-to-toe outfit using only pieces from a single brand
  23. Create a head-to-toe outfit without repeating any brands

What do you do when you’re in a wardrobe slump? I hope some of these ideas will inspire you to try new things and get your style game back on track!

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  1. Reply
    Miranda (@spkyhalloween)
    November 22, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    I love these SO much. I am forever stuck in a rut, and lately…I’ve just given over to black all the time because it’s my comfort zone. (And, um, what else would you expect a Halloween blogger to wear daily? lol)

    I especially love number 20 – wearing NO black for a day might kill me! But I’m up for the challenge.

    1. Reply
      Penny Snark
      November 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      All black is definitely a classic for a reason, but sometimes you have to break that mold! 😉 I had so much fun brainstorming these, I’m definitely coming back to refer to them when I’m in need of a shake up!

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