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The Style Rut

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Have you ever felt bored with everything in your closet? Have you had that nagging feeling that you have “nothing to wear” when you actually have a closet full of clothes? If you have experienced either of these feelings, you know what it feels like to be caught in a style rut. Personal style gives us confidence and that extra pep in our step; when we lose focus on our style, we lose everything that comes with it.

Finding yourself in a style rut can happen to the best of us, even yours truly. It was the end of March, which in Kansas City can mean amazing weather one day and snow the next. It wasn’t warm enough to switch my closet out to my spring/summer wardrobe yet so I resorted to restyling the clothes that I wore all winter. They consisted mostly of black and other blah neutral colors, and I had definitely grown tired of them. Nothing excited me anymore and that’s how I knew I was in a rut.

Wanting to nip this in the bud, I decided to do a miniature evaluation of my own personal style by building a style vision board. First, I looked to social media to do some research. I spent time scrolling through Instagram to save some of my favorite bloggers’ looks and pinned lots of new styles and colors that I loved on Pinterest. Then I went old-school and looked through my Bazaar, Vogue and InStyle magazines to see what caught my eye. When I was done, I was surprised to find that my vision board was filled with color! Bright colors including reds (of course), but also, greens, yellows, blues and even pink! With summer on the horizon, I felt this was the perfect time to start evolving my own personal style by adding some vibrant colors to the wardrobe mix. And that’s exactly what I did.

If you’re feeling that you’re in a style rut, take time to do a little soul-searching. Make your own vision board, search Pinterest and look for style inspiration from some of your favorite celebrities in magazines. Find out what really brings you joy, because that joy will show through in your personal style. And lastly, do not underestimate the power of color. Not only are bright, vibrant colors trending for summer, they just might bring a little joy to your closet too!

Keep an eye out for these trending colors for summer 2018!

Vibrant Yellow
Rainbow Stripe

Written by: Abby Wood

Abby Wood is a wardrobe stylist and style blogger in Kansas City, and her education in design plus retail experience make her an expert in fit, fabric, style and trends. Her professional experience in fashion began with an apprenticeship with a bridal designer, shifted to creating and showing her  own line, moving up to management and training at a retail level and now professional styling as an independent consultant. Abby loves to help individuals develop and evolve their own sense of style. / @abbywoodwear  /