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5 Ways to Style Yourself Out of a Work Outfit Rut

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For those of you who roll out of bed every morning and put on the same tired uniform of black jeans, flats, and some sort of statement top, we’re right there with you. When it comes to dressing for the office, it’s easy to get into a fashion rut. With the start of summer, it’s the perfect time to reassess your closet, go outside your comfort zone, and invest in a few new pieces. After all, it’s sale season!

1. Give your closet a make-under.

We clean out our closet four times a year, usually with the change of the seasons. It’s a great way to make money (we love resale sites like The RealReal and Poshmark), but it’s also necessary for keeping yourself out of a fashion rut.

Start by making three piles: trash, donate, and sell, and add clothes accordingly. Once you’re done, organize your closet by garment type, e.g. dressy dresses, casual dresses, skirts, work pants, casual pants, casual tops, jackets, etc. The gospel according to most women’s magazines says sort your closet by color, but that just doesn’t work for us—you’ll be able to pull a look faster if pieces are separated out by category and not in a rainbow mash.

2. Get inspired.

Go through your closet and figure out which items you wear most and why. Is it because they look great on you? Because they don’t cut off your circulation? Because the color brings out your eyes? Figure out why you wear the things you wear, and make a list—you’ll want to invest in more of those pieces.

Next, head to Pinterest or your favorite blogs for inspiration. We’re always inspired by Le Fashion (classic but unfussy) and Le Catch (former Lucky editor Marlien Rentmeester makes mixing prints look easy). Take note of a few key pieces you want to try—perhaps you want to experiment with a biker jacket or culottes—and add to your favorites list. Now you have a shopping list.

3. Make a budget.

After you’ve sold a few of your older pieces, make a budget to invest in some new garments. You don’t have to spend a lot! Stores like Zara, H&M, and Everlane have on-trend, seasonal pieces for affordable prices. Shop fast fashion often and with a discerning eye.

4. Embrace a new silhouette.

We’ll always tell you to wear what you feel good in, but there is something to be said for stepping outside your comfort zone. This spring, we’d never thought we’d wear a high-waisted jean, but we bought a pair, and we love them. Never thought a jumpsuit would look good on you? Grab a sales associate and put her to work finding you to the best jumpsuit for your bod.

For stricter corporate dress codes, try experimenting with color and silhouette. Add a double-breasted boyfriend blazer to your normal suit or pick up a red linen skirt suit for the summer heat wave.

5. Switch out your shoes.

Making a small change can drastically alter your look. For example, instead of pairing a classic sheath dress with pumps, switch them out for a pair of fashionable slide sneakers or chunky summer sandals. Or, if you live in ballet flats, invest in a statement heel to mix things up.

This article was originally published on The Politesse. More by The Politesse on Levo:

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