Do you ever get stuck in a rut?
I have been feeling this way for quite some time, but it is finally really getting to me. So far this year (the five weeks we have endured of it) I have changed up my style quite a bit, cut my hair (as of yesterday – and by myself might I add…turned out pretty well if I do say so myself), and have been on a multitude of interviews in hopes of getting my career started. On top of this, I have been trying to read more, write more (as one day I would love to write a book), paint more, blog more and generally just be more in-tuned with my hobbies and what I enjoy doing.
As I said, I have been in a rut and one of the easiest ways for me to bring myself out of it is to change things up.
The way I usually express this is through my clothing. This time around, I have been trying to add more structured, business pieces into my everyday wardrobe because I think it just instantly makes me look and feel more put together.
Trousers, blazers, and more structured pieces are the main way I have been achieving this lately. Each of these items have become so essential to my everyday style. I have added so many new great pairs of pants into my wardrobe that I am super excited to style in various ways, which is weird for me as if you have been following this blog for a while you might know, I am not normally a pants person.
My current obsession specifically in the world of trousers/pants are the paper bag style pants as they accentuate my waist, give off a cool put-together but causal look and are a perfect placeholder for a belt…which I will get to.
Because of my current pant obsession, the only thing that makes sense to follow is a belt obsession. As I said, I always try to accentuate my waist. I am a short person, my torso and my legs are approximately the same size and if I don’t accentuate my waist, I look like a blob. That is what I am going for on some days, and if that’s what you are always going for that’s great! Everyone prefers to wear things differently and that’s okay, but as of late I have been feeling more confident in my skin, so tighter fitting styles are what I have been leaning towards more.
I don’t know why I never embraced the power of belts in my past, but I am about to be taking full advantage of them. I have only purchased a few new ones recently, but my collection will be growing over this spring season for sure. This western style belt is one of the best things I have ever purchased, I have worn it with almost everything in my closet by now and it always adds just that little extra pop that pulls an outfit together.
Lastly, in Canada a good coat is a must.
I managed to pick this baby up on a massive discount and it has got to be one of the best purchases I have ever made. I have been on the hunt for a light grey wool coat for about three years. I have almost bought the Zara version they come out with every year on multiple occasions but I just never ended up doing it. It is a great cheaper alternative if this one, or one similar from Aritzia (currently unavailable) is a little too pricey for you. Since this is no longer available, I will link a few similar versions in various price points below.
I decided to style this look two ways I would wear it, to show you how easily an outfit can be adapted to your own closet. With this look I paired this newsboy cap to add a more casual flair but it looks just as good and maybe even more professional without the hat, so, if you don’t have one or don’t like it you can see what the outfit looks like without. This particular one I purchased a while ago but once again I have linked some similar items above.
I implore you to change up a few things with your style – try things you haven’t before; your sense of style should always change and grow with you and without change clothing can get monotonous and unoriginal.
Re-work things already in your closet in new ways if you can’t afford to get new things (I know the struggle), or just wear prints together that you normally wouldn’t. This year is going to be about trying things that would normally be out of my comfort range and I urge you to do it with me.