If you are finding yourself totally uninspired when looking at your closet, your hair, or your make up, you may be in the middle of a style rut. A closet full of clothes but nothing to wear? A full face of make up but you don’t feel any more together than you did before? Getting in a style rut happens to everyone, as you find yourself reaching for the same few outfits and doing your hair and make up the same way every day. If this has happened to you, the good news is that breaking out of a style rut is easy to do. All you have to do is mix things up, whether that entails your fashion or beauty routine.
A great way to break out of wearing the same old colors, cuts, or materials when it comes to your clothes is to try a subscription clothing box. These boxes will send you a few new pieces each month, picked out by a stylist just for you. After filling out a quiz and sending in your measurements, it’s a fun way to try new outfits that you probably wouldn’t have picked out yourself. The key is to try everything on—even those garments that don’t look appealing to you right away or that you aren’t used to wearing. A third party stylist won’t know what you normally wear so this ensures you won’t be trying on the same things you would be if you went shopping yourself. You may surprise yourself with which garments you decide to keep and even find a few new favorite brands, silhouettes, or colors.
If you want a little more control over your new clothing, many stores offer personal shoppers free of charge to the customer. This is an easy way to get expert advice and try on new silhouettes and styles that you may not be used to. Of course, the key to using a personal shopper successfully is to trust their judgments—have them pick out outfits that are on trend and flattering on you instead of dictating what you like to stylist ahead of time
A common area where women can get stuck doing the same old, same old, is in their beauty routine. Most women have their “go to” look, featuring the same foundation, blush, shade of eyeshadow, and favorite lipstick. If you’d like to try to break out of some of those boundaries, you can schedule an appointment with a make-up artist at your favorite beauty counter in most department stores. There is usually a flat fee that is associated with this for the make up artist’s time, but this is often waived if you purchase products from them, which is the end goal for both of you.
In addition to make up ruts, you might find yourself feeling unsatisfied when dealing with your hair. Hair is one of the easiest things to change, whether that means a new color or highlights, a shorter haircut, adding bangs, or adding in hair extensions if you’d like added length or thickness.
My name is Christopher Guest and I write for The Lauren Ashtyn Collection.