Hey so-called “clothing gods”, riddle me this: Why is getting into a style rut is so easy, but getting out of a style rut is so hard?




Here in Sydney  we are experiencing a little mix of Summer and Winter together, well, that was until Monday. The last three days have been  so cold. 14 degrees Celsius is very, very brisk. Can I say brisk? Are people saying brisk?

That may seem not very cold to my international readers, but we’re in Australia. We can basically fry eggs on the bonnet of our cars during Summer. We’re disconnected from the rest of the world, so we do things a little different here. Note: I’ve never done that before, because I live in a house that has a cooktop. I’m fancy like that.

14 degrees Celsius is also a really big difference from the days that reached 27 degrees Celsius last week. Okay, enough boring talk about weather. I’m not ready to be *that* old just yet.

With this coldness creeping in on us I have began welcoming the change from the winter greys, khaki and darker shades. Nothing will ever overshadow my love of simplistic white pieces though. Not in this life time, Buster. Who is Buster? I’m tired. Coffee me, please.

Fashion Week is obviously over – and my brain is quite thankful for that. Seriously, there’s something about that week that makes a girl go crazy. So, my wardrobe has returned to it’s normal self – lots of basics and great outerwear.

The cold makes me dress lazy. I don’t know about you, but I find myself reaching for the old faithfuls and sometimes that makes me fall well and truly into a big, black outfit black hole. A rut if you will.

When you break it down, the problem isn’t that your clothes are ugly, you don’t have enough clothing (yeah right!!) or you have no style. The problem is you’re just bored with what you have, so you find it hard to re-imagine these pieces.


Lilya Faux Fur Jacket, Uniqlo Bomber, Mossman Lace Bra, The Daily Edited Bag


If you’ve become stuck in a rut with your outfit choices, here are four tips for making your basic wardrobe less boring.


If you normally wear certain shoes with an outfit start by changing up your footwear.

Re-imagine the outfit. Mind-blowing stuff, I know.

For me: I used to always pair dresses/skirts with ankle boots or heels, when I want to change up an outfit I now pair them with sneakers. It gives it a totally different look.

The great thing about only changing out your shoes is it’s very little effort, and you get a totally unexpected twist.


Asilio Label Pants, C&M Tee, Lilya Faux Fur Jacket, Mossman Lace Bra




If like me, you’re not one to wear a great deal of colour, there are still ways to make your neutral pieces work in different ways.

For example: Un-button a plain white shirt and let a little bit of your lace bra show or button it to the top and wear with tailored pants for a chic look. These two looks are completely different and can change your appearance dramatically.


The easiest and most cost effect way to update your wardrobe, that is, if you’re not buying a $5K designer bag is updating accessories. You could be wearing the most basics of outfits, but if you have killer NEW accessories, you will feel completely different. This season opt for big earrings, monogrammed bags and statement sneakers. For me, accessories is what makes fashion fun. This is also the cheapest way to work a trend. Accessories that don’t cost much don’t matter if you only wear for one season. AMIRITE?


Nothing makes me feel better than wearing different makeup looks. It’s also an easy way to get out of a clothing rut too. Changing the colour of your lipstick or eye shadow can really make a huge difference.

Shades I am loving: Ruby red, Berry shades and a classic matte nude!

I am sure I have missed some things, but these are the four main things I love to mix up when it comes to being bored with my wardrobe!


As well as links to the items above!

Author: Ally Carey

Hi, I am Ally, a writer and creative at Substance. I have worked in the fashion industry for 6+ years as a model and now on Substance. Substance is a lifestyle blog about fashion, beauty, health and self-improvement; hoping to inspire you to live a life filled with Substance. For more: @AllyMayCarey

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