How to get out of a style rut

St. John Navy BlazerDo you find yourself wearing the same “uniform” every day? Plain tops and pants? All black or all monochromatic? No accessories?

Truth is, we can all get in a style rut from time to time. In fact, research shows that women often wear only 20% of their wardrobes, often pulling the same few outfits each week. How did we get here?

  • Time – many women, putting themselves last on list, rush to the closet every morning and pull the most familiar items so they can dash out the door. It’s easy to do, but results in a closet full of clothes that rarely get worn. This can be solved by planning your daily outfit.
  • Planning – What is your day going to be like? Lots of running around? If so, you’ll want to wear something comfortable, with flat shoes. Power lunch? You’ll need a suitable dress or suit to help convey your confidence. Waiting until the last minute may leave you with the wrong outfit for the day’s activities. Take five minutes before you go to bed to pull your clothes for the next day.
  • Weight issues – let’s face it, most women experience weight fluctuations, up or down. Some hang onto small sizes in the hope they’ll fit again someday. Others are swallowed up by too-big clothes that they keep “just in case” but end up wearing long after they don’t fit. The answer? Purge your closet or relegate off-size clothing to a different closet. Fit is the number one consideration for choosing an outfit!
  • Style “rules” – somewhere in our experiences we’ve been led to believe there are hard-and-fast style rules we’re supposed to follow. We may not be clear on those rules so we avoid wearing anything “disruptive” to our habitual outfits. Truth is, there have never been fewer rules! Gone are the 50s and 60s where women were required to wear hats and gloves, or couldn’t wear pants to work. Wear white after Labour Day? Yes, please. While there are some guidelines to help you pull outfits together, self-confidence goes a long way to making an outfit work. Read my post on how to pull together an outfit (click here)
  • Accessories – some women wear too few, some wear too many. How’s a girl to know? It starts with having a sense of your personal style. If you are athletic or natural, you probably wear minimal accessories and it works for you. Women who have a dramatic style favour statement necklaces, scarves and chunky jewelry. Today’s trends though do allow for more layering of necklaces or bracelets. The trick is to choose ONE focal point – necklaces or bracelets or rings… don’t have your accessories compete with each other.

Small changes can make a big difference and open a world of possibilities right within your own closet.

Why I will NEVER own a knock off

Knock off is the polite term for counterfeit articles. Make no mistake, they are illegal and harmful to the fashion industry. Your friends may giggle and brag how they got a Louis Vuitton handbag for $140, but it’s nothing to take lightly.

LV Genuiine speedy handbagLV knock off counterfeit

In preparing for this blog I searched out the same Louis Vuitton handbag – one from the legitimate Louis Vuitton website (left, above) and one from a knock off site. I must admit I felt dirty just searching for knock offs. Sadly there are lots of options out there for counterfeit goods. Ewww.

And, let’s be clear. Luxury designers DESTROY out of season inventory. Real merchandise does NOT fall off the back of the truck or arrive “slightly damaged” at legitimate retailers. You’re fooling yourself if you fall for any of these lines.

Here’s the thing. Owning a genuine luxury item brings a certain prestige and polish to your look. It raises your confidence – even if no one but you notices. You walk a little taller, smile a little brighter and feel part of an exclusive club that cherishes the true value of designer work.

The materials, fit and finish, trimmings. The ease with which zippers open and close. Gold plated hardware (that doesn’t rub off!).

Honestly, I am truly confused as to why someone would buy a knock off and pass it off as the genuine deal. Surely you know in your heart that it’s not real. So what’s the point?

Respect the designer and the craftsmanship that goes into the real deal. Cherish and take care of your luxury items – they’re built to last, made of the finest materials and manufactured with extraordinary care.

If you want to wear a designer piece, wear the genuine article with the pride in knowing you’ve got something really special.

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