It’s easy to fall into the same boring routine when picking out what to wear in the morning. Whether it’s because you’re constantly in a race to get ready or just finding security in your most comfortable pieces, this can cause serious damage to your style potential.
Digging yourself out of a yearly style rut doesn’t have to involve cleaning out the entire contents of your closet. Instead of reaching for the items that always work, make these simple swaps for an instant outfit upgrade.
The rut: You wear jeans every day. The fix: A denim skirt is just as casual as pants but gives a fresh feminine shape.
The rut: Sneakers are your go-to sho. The fix: Loafers are just as comfortable and easy to throw on and add instant polish to your look.
Shop the shoes (clockwise from top right): Balenciaga, $795; matchesfashion.com. Dieppa Restrepo, $315; lyst.com. Jeffrey Campbell, $130; nastygal.com. Nicholas Kirkwood, $395; barneys.com. Everlane, $175; everlane.com.
The rut: Black is your favorite "color." The fix: There’s no need to go overboard with eye-popping hues from head-to-toe. Adding a simple touch like a bright accessory will break up any dark outfit.
Shop the accessories (clockwise from top right): Linda Farrow x Dries Van Noten sunglasses, $370; modaoperandi.com. Phillip Lim bag, $525; 31philliplim.com. Charlotte Simone scarf, $450; modaoperandi.com. Brian Atwood heels, $795; ssense.com. Nine West flats, $69; ninewest.com.
The rut: You live in sweatpants on the weekend. The fix: Tailored track pants have the same comfort of fleece but with more sophisticated fabrics and cool details, they're a bit more dignified.
The rut: You throw a blazer over everything. The fix: Light bomber jackets in playful prints and shiny finishes are equally versatile but a bit more fun.