Five tips for trying a new style

Five tips for trying a new style

Stuck in a style rut? Never fear. We’ve got great ideas for finding your new look and wearing it with confidence: check out the guide below.

If it’s happened to you, you’ll remember the moment with a shudder: you’re looking through old photos when suddenly it dawns on you… your style is the same in every one. In fact, you’re wearing the same look right now. Don’t panic! Anyone can get stuck in a style rut. But we’ve got some ideas to help haul you out.

1. Look at what you’ve got

The first step on the road to a new you is to decide what you want to change about your wardrobe. Dig out three outfits that make you feel fabulous and three that fall flat. Pick out the features that you like (a hemline that shows off your great legs, eye-catching cleavage or a slinky cut that flatters your bum) and identify why the outfits you don’t like aren’t working. Then you can decide how to apply what works to your exciting new wardrobe.

2. Do your research

If you tend to buy the same styles over and over, you’re probably shopping on automatic pilot. Invest in a stack of fashion magazines for some inspiration on how to apply current trends to your own look. Flip through the pages, marking the images that instinctively appeal to you.

Next, focus in on which styles you’ve picked will accentuate the body parts you’re most proud of. Finally, look through the images one more time for a handful of wild card styles that you like, but might not dare wearing yourself. If you try them on, you might be surprised.


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3. Go for patterns

If you usually go for plain colours, patterns are a great way of changing up your style. To ease yourself into bolder designs, start with something that’s easy to wear like a shirt or a dress, rather than trousers, where patterns make a bigger statement. Or if you just want to dip a toe in the water, try out a pattern on a subtle accessory such as a hairband and see how it goes!

4. Don’t overdo it

Changing your style is a big change, so let yourself take it step-by-step. Choose a reassuring favourite style and then add a new twist: so if you live in knee-length skirts, experiment with styles that are a couple of inches shorter, or try a knee-length dress in an all-new style.

Similarly, if your summer wardrobe is all about shorts and a T-shirt, as the weather cools look for a trouser cut that reflects the free-and-easy summertime feel, and add a well-cut jacket over the T-shirt. Congratulations: you’ve just brought your summer style into autumn and winter.

5. Tie it all together with accessories

Accessories are key to making a new look work. Don’t be afraid of economising on your clothes and allocating more of your budget on accessories. You can snap up a dress for a tenner and spend £50 on a belt to create a stunning outfit. You’ll be surprised just how much wear you will get out of a fantastic statement necklace or belt – and they will often hold their own through several fashion seasons too.

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