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Link Love:Fashion Tip Friday: Break Outside of Your Style Box
Even I have been found guilty of being stuck in a style box. I used to have a signature look that consisted of fitted crewneck t-shirts in solid colors from Target. I wore them with jeans, skirts, or black pants (capri’s, gaucho’s, palazzo pants…whatever was in style at the time). Until one day I looked in my closet and thought to myself “this is not the closet of a girl with a distinct sense of style”.
I decided it was time to incorporate more prints and dresses into my wardrobe…and I haven’t looked back since. From my vintage dashiki to my embroidered floral JWLA dress, I not only stepped out of my style box, there is no longer a box in sight!
I brought about this change through my approach to shopping. When I enter a store now I ask myself the following questions when I gravitate toward a piece of apparel or an accessory:
- Do have something like this already?
- Would this piece stand out or blend into my closet?
- Is this a color or print that I already have plenty of in my closet?
That last question is actually one that I reference often. I own so much black, white, and gray that I literally slap myself on the wrist when I try to grab something in one of those colors. I now skim across racks and if there is a particular block of pieces in a color or style (ahem…empire dresses) that I don’t need, I just move on. There’s a reason why I don’t even step into a White House, Black Market…I’m not buyin’ what they’re sellin’!
Guys, the same goes for you. Are you stuck in a polo and jeans/shorts look? Maybe consider trying a cool screen-printed tee or some bermuda/board shorts. I have several girlfriends that complain that their husbands are in a style rut. This is a fact. Consider changing up your look and I bet the lady in your life will notice…
So go ahead. Take the plunge into a whole new world by breaking out of your style box. Whether it’s going from solids to prints (or vice versa) or from a hipster to a preppy style (Kristine…holla!), try something new. Maybe you’ll end up like me…without a box!