Style Me March ~ The Cure for Your Fashion Rut

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But we’ve all been there. We’ve all done it. We get bored with our closet and go shopping for new clothes – clothes that will inevitably feel dull and boring in a few months time. And the cycle goes on … and our wallets take the hit. Even my small New York closet has a lot of clothes. I have no reason to complain about having nothing to wear.

If you’re like me, you crave the feeling a new outfit brings. Sometimes I can barely wait 24 hours to wear something I just bought! I want that emotional reaction every morning when I get dressed … but there’s not enough room in my closet or dollars in my bank account to keep buying new things.

Hilary Rushford of the #StyleMe challenges found a way to bottle that feeling. Her daily outfit inspirations give you the opportunity to look at your closet in a different light,  to see new combinations and spur creativity. For all 31 days of #StyleMeMarch  I woke up excited to tackle the style challenge, and didn’t have to spend a dime shopping for new pieces.

Take a look at my closet remix:

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Eighteen of these outfits are new combinations! Combinations I may never have thought of if I wasn’t tasked with thinking outside the box. But it was a challenge after all, and some days were harder than others. So let me give you the rundown.

My Favorite Look:  Day 13 – “So My City”
New York may have a very eclectic mix of styles, but when I think of Manhattan, I think high fashion. To me, that means bold jewelry, fur, animal prints, and fabulous shoes.

Most ‘Liked’ Outfit:  Day 16 – “Saw on a Style Blog”
I had a HUGE response from this outfit on instagram. Fellow betty’s and style-grammers seemed to really like my take on this Pink Peonies look.

Look I’m Most Proud of:  Day 25 – “Plaids & Polka Dots”
Taking two completely different prints and finding a way to marry them always has the potential for failure. But taking fashion risks means the reward is so much greater, so when I find a combination that works, it’s the best feeling.

Most Difficult Challenge:  Day 31 – “Inspired by an #SMM Betty”
There was NO shortage of great #StyleMeMarch outfits floating around Instagram last month. That’s what made it difficult. Not only did I have to pick a favorite, but it had to be an outfit with similar pieces to my wardrobe. After 15 minutes of Instragram trolling, I think I found a pretty good one.

Having a daily challenge made me appreciate my wardrobe all over again. You have to remember, every single thing in your closet was an exciting new purchase at one point. Finding new ways to wear them brings back that ‘just took the tag off’ feeling.

If this challenge has taught me anything, its that my clothes aren’t the problem; it’s the way I look at them. There will be #StyleMeApril’s and #StyleMeMay’s, and although I may not participate in every day’s challenge, I love having a creative cure for my next wardrobe rut.

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1 Comment

  • Reply May 8, 2014

    Roxanne

    This is perfect! Added to my Style Inspiration folder :)
    You have a really fabulous sense of style, lady! Now I can’t wait to do this challenge…Well, the one for this month, anyway ;) Or heck, why not both, right?

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