Have you ever been in a style rut? Maybe you’re in one now? Or maybe you can remember a time when you went through that spell of feeling fed up every time you opened your wardrobe. We have all experienced that feeling of not really knowing where our style is going. But hopefully I can help you pick yourself back up and dust off your shoulders feeling rejuvenated and excited about what you’re going to wear. I guess you’re also wondering why you sometimes ending up feeling like this? Don’t worry I’ve got that covered as well.
I’m More Than A Mannequin
What I’ve found, particularly with mens fashion, is that a lot of people blindly follow what’s on the mannequins in the store windows. Want further evidence? Just walk down your local high street and see how many guys are wearing those lumber jack styled plaid shirts. Not that I have anything against plaid shirts, but why not mix it up a little and go for a fine gingham check? A lot less common. However, you can only buy what’s available so if the stores are force feeding you a particular look that people are buying into but your not feeling it you can either start to look else where to shop or not shop at all. Try and explore smaller boutiques or online stores or just sit back and wait for things to change. Zara for example can give an item a meagre two weeks to sell if not… it’s out the door never to be seen again.
The first thing I’d recommend is sitting down and organising your wardrobe. Wardrobes, over time can start to get cluttered, filled with things that either shouldn’t be there or just taken up with an excessive amount of clothes. Clothes can start to get jumbled and stuffed back into your draws which over time can lead to mess (as well as potentially damaged clothes). So I recommend you go through and sift through your wardrobe, have a clear out if you have hoarded things over time. If not, just take some time out and get some organisation going so when you open up your wardrobe doors you can see clearly what you have.
Now you’re wardrobe is all clean and well organised, spend some time putting some outfits together. You may think it’s a bit daft, but hear me out. Quite often when we get ready for work or to go out in the morning we’re pushed for time. Everybody seems to be in a rush nowadays, needing to be somewhere and fast. If you’re wardrobe is messy or even if it’s clean you’ll instantly gravitate towards items that have worked in the past. So you end up rotating between the same looks every few days. Some people think the answer to this is to buy more clothes, but that just increases bulk in your wardrobe, which takes more time to sift through. By dedicating time to putting together outfits you can really see all the items you have and see what combinations work. Try them on and mix and match different pieces until you get something you’d never considered before.
If this hasn’t helped you out then only now should you consider investing in some new pieces. Remember to get the most out of what you’re buying consider what you’re going to wear it with. A good rule of thumb is to try and make sure it will work with other items in your wardrobe so you can get at least 3 new outfits from that one piece. As I’ve already mentioned if the stores aren’t filling you with inspiration it’s time to start exploring further a field. Online is perfect as there is endless scope, just the other day I was told about a really cool online store that stocks all Japanese brands. I also went venturing through my city centre and found a cool new place that not only does alterations but bespoke shirts.
So there you have it, if you ever find yourself in a style rut just follow the above and you should be good. As always I’d love to hear your comments