We all have our own signature style and with this comes our own personal comfort zone, items of clothing that make us feel safe and comfortable. For me it’s skirts, shorts and the colour black and while I’m definitely not afraid of embracing other trends, it’s those pieces that make feel most at home. Yet sometimes that comfort zone becomes a little bit too comfortable and a fashion rut ensues.
I recently found myself in this sorry situation and when I realised that my choices were black, black or black I knew something needed to change. So these are the steps I took and my top tips for getting yourself out of that fashion rut!
Take a friend shopping with you// Friends can either be the worst or the best when it comes to shopping because in my experience they have a tendency to encourage your spending habits. Next time you decide to take a shopping trip, invite your most fashionable friend and ask them to help you pick out some new pieces. The chances are that your friend will know your comfort zone and will therefore have an idea of how to pull you out of it. Make it a rule that for that day you will purchase at least one item that they suggest, even if its something as small as a ring!
Identify the whys// I don’t know about you my comfort zones have a tendency to reflect my insecurities and when attempting to shake up my wardrobe it was important for me to change certain underlying issues. There are some factors that simply can’t be changed, for example I wear shorts or skirts because my legs tend to look short in trousers and obviously there is no solution for that. There is no amount of stretching or hoping that can make one’s legs longer, however some of my other fashion comforts do have alterable facts. I wear black because it’s flattering and I tend to avoid sleeveless tops because I’m not fussed on the top of my arms. So last month I sat down and made a list of the positive steps that I could take to change these factors and therefore extend my clothing options, I urge you to do the same.
Have a starting sort out// Before you start to look for new items, have a really good sort out and start to think about what you need for your image overhaul. Have lots and lots of tops, then consider a new style of bottoms or vice versa. If you have more than two of something, if anything is worn looking or a bit worse for wear (unless in a fashionable way) the consider donating it a local charity shop. H and M are currently offering a £5 gift voucher for any bag of clothes that you take in to the store, this is perfect as it gives you money towards your new wardrobe, while ensuring that your clothes don’t go to waste. Click here for more information.
What would your tips be?