Feel like you’re in a fashion rut? We’ve all been there. You find a style that works for you and before you know it, a decade has past and you’re still wearing those skinny jeans you bought at 19. Never fear, there’s a solution to this all-too-common style dilemma, and it doesn’t involve dumping your entire wardrobe and spending a whole month’s salary on a ton of new outfits. Use these simple solutions to make gradual changes to your wardrobe for a fresh new take on your favourite styles.
- Look for vintage inspiration. Sometimes, you’ll find a look you love by seeking inspiration from the past. If you watch a movie from the 60s and find yourself really feeling that hippie-chic look, you may want to incorporate some of the elements of that vintage trend into your own outfits. You don’t have to go full Halloween costumer either – you can easily shop for boho style clothing and try out a floaty maxi dress or a romantic, pretty blouse to add a subtle nod to the trend through your wardrobe.
- Mix and match the clothes you own. If you don’t have the budget to go shopping for new clothes but want to mix things up, try working with the clothes you already own. Experiment with pairing items with other pieces you wouldn’t normally wear together. This could mean layering t-shirts under sundresses, wearing your favourite summer shorts over a pair of tights in the winter, or mixing sporty looks with something girly for a new twist on your old outfits.
- Add on accessories. Sometimes, you don’t even have to touch your clothes to completely change up your usual style. Get creative with accessories, instead. Shop for accessories that you wouldn’t normally go for – maybe a pair of earrings that are a little bolder than your usual choices or a statement necklace that brings a breath of fresh air to your favourite little black dress. Add these accessories into your wardrobe and see how these small additions can make a major difference.
- Try bolder colours. Many women find themselves wearing dark or neutral shades all week long in an attempt to blend in at the office or hide a shaky body image behind slimming black outfits. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with preferring a dark or neutral palette, if you’re feeling like a change is needed to shake things up then adding a splash of colour could be the perfect course of action. If you’re intimidated by brightly coloured clothing, ease yourself in with accessories that add a pop of colour, then work your way up to brighter, patterned pieces.
- Find the right fit. If you’re feeling uncomfortable and unattractive in your current wardrobe, it may be the fit that’s the problem, rather than the style of the clothing. Take your measurements and try on different sizes in your favourite store to make sure you’re really wearing the size that’s most flattering on your body. This is equally important for underwear – the wrong bra size can completely transform the way your clothing falls on your body, as well as the way you walk and hold yourself. Don’t let body insecurities and anxieties keep you from finding clothes that make you feel fabulous.