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Style Rut can be defined as that dark hole that we can easily fall in as a result of building a career, joining the ranks of motherhood, or not having the time to stay abreast of the latest trends and styles. We go from wearing well-tailored clothing to “mom jeans” and tattered sweatpants, the very  things we wouldn’t have been caught dead in during the peak of our style career. The fall is coming and what better time to resurrect your sense of style and pride in your look than the start of a new season. Find a few style tips to set your look off right!

  1. Purge: Trash it. Throw it away. This is the hard part. The reality is if a wardrobe of ratty sweatpants and T-shirts weren’t readily available you probably wouldn’t wear them. I’m not saying you can’t be a sweat pants and T-shirt girl, let’s just not make it the pair of pants you clean in and the T-shirt you won dunking teachers at your child’s fall festival.
  1. Take Inventory:  Once the undesirables have been removed look at what you have left and assess what you need. Yes, a good jogging suit and nice pair of sneakers are on the must have list. Make note of items you need to have in your closet to create a good base for looking stylish on a whim.
  1. Shop the basics: The majority of the time you see someone with impeccable style they have essentially learned the art of building on the basics. Nothing more, nothing less.  A top, a bottom and shoes. These are three things we must not leave home without.
  1. Find Inspiration: Being fashionably astute doesn’t come easy for most. Lack of resources, styles, sizing options and accessibility to stores can all be culprits to style deprivation. Look at magazines, fashion blogs, and Pinterest for ideas. Take the pages with you and recreate looks you like. That is a great place to start.
  1. Invest in the Proper Undergarments: Fashion is about feeling and looking good. If we don’t feel that we look good in our clothing we may throw in the towel. Get properly fitted for a bra and see what a major difference it makes in how well you look in your clothing. This small, often overlooked detail may give you the boost you need to get out of that style rut.
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