15 ways to get out of a fashion rut

Do you know what you and I have in common? More than a shared love for fashion, beauty, sarcasm, chocolate and tea (don’t argue with me on this)? We love lists. Yup, we do (if you don’t though, you should…). We frickin’ love lists. Lists in all forms and for all things possible. Not only do I love to-do lists (I’m an annoying type A), but I love lists as in things to make and things to be inspired by. I’m also painfully lazy from times to times (hello being contradictive), so I also love lists for the sake of being quick to read. (Tbh, we’re living in a society of information overload, so short and concise information ftw).

Anyways (this introduction is going longer than the actual post soon), I know that a lot of us are putting way too much pressure on ourselves than we should when it comes to handling the goals for 2017. I mean, 16 days later and you’re still the same person (say whaaaat). Quite predictable but also  quite annoying. So to everyone who wrote down “dress better” or “dress more uniquely” or “dress more like myself” as a goal, and ain’t feeling the fashion life in the veins, due to the cold or just the lazy life, here are 15 ways to get out of a fashion rut. And ohh, if you want more details on the subject, here’s another post.

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15 Ways To Get Out Of A Fashion Rut

    1. First of all, be open to inspiration. Don’t limit yourself to be inspired on the days you feel inspired. Sometimes you gotta put in some effort to get that inspiration flow going. One of the key things is to acknowledge that inspiration can come from wherever and whenever. That is not only social media, but people around you, a painting, a text, a piece of fabric. Inspiration, and the source of it, is limitless.
    2. See a movie/tv-show. Especially if its centered to fashion/beauty, or a show where the clothes gets some real love. Old Hollywood movies are a perfect source for timeless style. SATC are also a go-to source for many!
    3. Turn your wardrobe upside down. If you’re not a genius when it comes to having your clothes sorted – pretty sure you have some forgotten clothes laying somewhere. Find them and make the classics work again. Perhaps it’s a bad thing saying, “I don’t even remember owning it” but hey, going on a clothes-hunt in your own closet can be benefical.
    4. Read the magic list. If you don’t have a magic list, or don’t even know what it is, it’s time to do it/learn. The magic list is where you’ve written down random outfit ideas. The random outfit ideas as in when you have a high inspiration flow and are full of ideas. The magic list can also be a magic map of outfit pics saved!
    5. Dress in monochrome. Changing the way you dress is a great way of opening up new ways to ideas. Perhaps you’ll discover how flattering it is, or how many more outfit options you just gained.
    1. Pinterest. If you’re not on Pinterest, get yourself over there immediately. It’s like Google but even better and more refined when it comes to inspiration (obs, not sponsored, just a big fan). Get some good Pinterest boards and start saving ideas!
    2. Let someone else be your stylist. A scary one indeed, but ever as fun. Letting someone else choose clothes for you is a great way of getting some new perspectives. Perhaps you’ll discover a new color you like, or outfit combinations you haven’t thought of before.
    3. Change the way you put together outfits. I wrote about it here and a lot of you agreed with me. But there are so many ways one can create outfits. Center your outfit around a clothing piece, a texture, a color, a statement embellishment. Changing the way you create outfits can give you new ideas of looks you want to embrace!
    4. Stalk someone’s style you love. Not that much to write about it, than to read this post. Fashion people are already pretty good at stealing looks, so why not keep the habit up?
    5. Read a book about it. I know, fashion books and fashion irl are not completely the same thing. But learning the art of fashion is a perfect opportunity for understanding it rules and laws. And then of course breaking them.
  1. Dress after a specific style. A defined styled as in bohemian, preppy, rock – etc, might not be what it once was, but nevertheless do different style exists. If you always find yourself dressing in loose pieces with a lot of patterns, try a defined jumpsuit in one color. Shake things up a bit and try something new!
  2. Turn to your wardrobe heroes. The wardrobe heroes as in the basic pieces that pulls your outfits together. As in the LBD, the grey cardigan, the white t-shirt. Let the basics be in focus for once and see how you can make them shine even brighter!  It’s okey to go basic sometimes.
  3. Recreate an old look you have loved. I talked about this one here, but it’s a genius one. If you have an old outfit you love that, for instance, consists of a maxi dress and a crop top. Recreate that look but with another maxi dress and another crop top. It creates a new look but with elements you love. Pretty genius if I may say so!
  4. Decide your outfit after your makeup. Sometimes, the makeup is the star of the outfit and we all know it. So why not let the makeup be the start point for your outfit. If you’re working the orange lips, think how you can make them pop even further. (Like Klein blue, pink and white).
  5. Dress in an energizing color. This year’s color is green and even though it’s quite the soothing color, now is the perfect time to pick popping colors and embrace them. Not only as we need some cheering up in the winter, but also because we need some doses of it for Spring too!
  6. OBS: Whatever you do. Don’t ever, never, ever, go shopping to get yourself out of a fashion rut. Your clothes are not the problem 9 out of 10 times, your lack of creativity is. So get to the bottom of the problem instead of buying yourself a solution. Okey? K.

Folks, what are your best ideas for getting out of a fashion rut? Xx

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56 Comments

  1. This post has been incredibly helpful, hun! Like yourself, I love lists. 😉 I often feel like I’m stuck in a bit of a fashion rut, as I don’t tend to shop for clothes that often (all my money goes on makeup…. Not good!), so I end up wearing the same stuff over and over x 50 again… But, whenever I purchase something new and different, it always feels so good and refreshing! Inspiration is a big thing for me, and amazing fashion blogs such as yours (especially, yours!), are a huge source of inspiration for me. 🙂 Pinterest is also amazing for all kinds of inspiration, I could easily spend my entire day browsing it (and I sometimes do!). Thanks for sharing, my lovely. 🙂 xoxo <3

    Kay
    http://shoesandglitter.com

  2. Another insightful post! I find that I can struggle with inspiration for my day to day styling and you’ve given me so many quick tips to revamp my existing wardrobe. I love the idea of having a list of outfits that come to your mind when you’re feeling most creative or fashion forward! You gave me such a terrific idea for a series of posts I plan to share on my blog so thank you for that!

    I always feel so inspired leaving your blog which is one of the things I love about it! Hope you had a fab weekend and have an amazing week ahead!

    xoxo Rina Samantha
    http://www.andshedressed.com

    • So happy that you find the post helpful babe! And so happy give you idea for a blog series, I bet it will be awesome. And so happy and grateful for the kind words babe, your support means so much! Same to you gorgeous! Xx

      http://www.thefashionfolks.com

  3. Wow! 15 ideas gives me no excuse to ever get into fashion rut again! Good shout to recreate a look you loved and I love the pantone shade of green for this year and am excited to try and incorporate it into my wardrobe.

  4. Great tips, babe!! Thanks for sharing!
    Adi xx
    fancycorrectitude.com
    instagram.com/fancycorrectitude

  5. I feel much more motivated and creative when it comes to fashion in the summer. I always struggle in winter, but I’m going to give your tips a try!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

  6. Okay, but I really do love lists, and I could always use advice on how to get out of a rut. This is a perfect post! This list is so helpful, and you’ve helped me come up with a few ideas already. I don’t have anything to add, but taking inspiration from movies is one of my favorite things to do! It’s probably where my style comes from most of the time.

    I hope you have a wonderful week Mia!

    Amber – yachtsmaan.blogspot.com

  7. Yes to all the lists, haha. I love them. These are really great ideas, too. I find myself turning to my “wardrobe heroes” when I’m in a rut. Classic (probably neutral) pieces seem to inspire me.

    Kathryn • simplykk.com

  8. Omg I love this list!
    I’ve never heard of a magic list before but definitely going to make one. I love the idea of having someone else style you, imagine all the possibilities! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this!

    VioletDaffodils
    xx

  9. I loved the introduction of the post, haha! It’s crazy the amount of expectations we have to radically change habits we may have had a lifetime in just a day or two, so unrealistic! I love the ideas you’ve shared here, all of which are great for those explore a new world in fashion and style and those who consider themselves to be more seasoned in knowing what works and what’s current. The #1 thing I always try to remind myself is to never limit myself from finding inspiration in anything and everything. I’ve gotten color combinations from looking at fruits and veggies in the produce aisle of the supermarket, haha. Seriously though! It’s all about keeping our eyes and mind open, which you’ve explained in such practical steps here. Thanks so much for the inspiration, beauty, and I hope you have the most amazing week ahead!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    • Hahah I just ranted way too much, but glad you liked it haha! And it’s so unrealistic indeed, and what’s equally as crazy is that we believe so so much that a magic change will occur. It won’t, sorry to break it down – but change is gradual, it’s not a wish, it’s gradual work. Hahah but that’s so so awesome and makes me so happy to hear. Finding inspiration anywhere is a great source, and it’s lovely that even veggies will doo. Same to you doll! Xx

      http://www.thefashionfolks.com

  10. Love your tipps babe -for me Pinterest and Instagram are always a great inspiration ♥ And of course “stalking someone” hahahah if its a celebrity or a blogger, definitively a good advice 🙂

    xxx
    Tina
    http://styleappetite.com

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