How Do You Know if You’re Stuck in a Style Rut?


Following on from a reader’s question on how to know if you’re in a style rut and how to get out of one if you’re in one, I thought this would be a great topic to discuss with Jill on video.

Ruts can make you feel less than happy, as clothing affects how you feel and we think that clothing should make you feel good.

How do you know if you’re in a rut?  This question is the topic of this video with Jill Chivers of Shop Your Wardrobe.

What to Look Out For to Figure Out If You’re In a Style Rut

  1. Not overdoing a signature style
  2. Having developed a blind spot  about your style that everyone else can see but you can’t
  3. Internal sense of dissatisfaction can arise, when it’s “this old thing again”, the wardrobe feels stale
  4. Avoiding adding anything new or different for the fear of wasting money on clothes that don’t flatter of just aren’t you, or getting it wrong and feeling embarrassed
  5. Negative comments about your style or dress

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. Are you a faster or slower adopter?
  2. Are you only in one lane of your Style Superhighway?
  3. Am I feeling dissatisfied with my look or wardrobe?
  4. Am I bored with my wardrobe or do I see possibility and variety in my wardrobe?
  5. Do I wear my signature style exactly the same every day or do I find a creative way of adding that signature element in?

How do you know if you're in a style rut?
Jill in her signature animal print Imogen in her signature statement necklace

How do I get out of my rut?

Make some changes to how you dress and put your outfits together each day.

Challenge yourself to wear garments in different ways and in different combinations.

Do a style challenge – Evolve Your Style was developed to help you get out of your style rut and it really works!


Evolve your Style 31 day life and style changing challenge


So tell us …. have you been in a style rut?

How you’ve gotten out of it? What worked for you?  Please leave us a comment and share your experiences!

How Do You Know if You're Stuck in a Style Rut?


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  • Just try it on! How I have resisted the “cold shoulder” style in tops. Not my style. Just a trend. Wouldn’t look good on my figure. Too young for me at my age. The excuses went on and on. I love Carlisle clothes, sold through a representative at her home, and yesterday I went to see their latest clothes. Urged to give the “cold shoulder” style a try, I said, “No, no, I just don’t like them.” But as I was finished making my selections on other items, I recalled looking the night before at your you-tube clip on style ruts. And with hesitation I said, “let me just try one of those “cold shoulder” tops on to see how it looks on me.” (I had made my “not my style” decision all this time without ever giving it evan a try-on.) And easy-peasy they brought out a navy and white lightweight “cold shoulder” sweater top. I tried it on. And INSTANT love! (Ordered a red “cold shoulder” top too.) Out of my style rut…..thank you, Imogen and Jill!

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