Okay, we’ve all been there; you’re standing in front of your wardrobe, drawers or shelves which are jam packed full of clothes and shouting to anyone that will listen “Why on earth do I have nothing to wear?!” knowing full well you don’t have the time to jump in your car to head into town to grab something new or order it online.
The reason I started writing this post is because I feel your pain right now. Since we moved home, pretty much every item of clothing I own is scattered throughout the house in bin bags, drawers and vacuum pack bags until our carpet gets laid and we can finally move into our bedroom. So to actually get to anything decent, I need to remember exactly where I packed certain things before rifling through it all to claim my prize.
Me sharing this snippet of my life is all well and good, but what do you do when you’re running around the house in a frenzy before you have to head out to wherever you’re going, procrastinating the shit out of doing anything else until you’ve established what you’ll be wearing?
There are certain outfits that will always be a safe bet and everyone is guaranteed to have them, but here are some general things I do when I’m in a wardrobe rut;
“Jeans and a nice top”
You can never go wrong with this combo and it can be worn literally anywhere; heading out to the pub with friends, a nice dinner with your other half, the cinema – lets be honest, you could wear pyjamas here if you really wanted, it’s dark the majority of the time anyway. If I’m ever stuck for something to wear, jeans and a nice top is my go to. If I ever get stuck on the “nice top” then I’ll rifle through for a top I haven’t worn in a long time which is still a fave and stick with that.
Add a blazer!
Adding a blazer to an outfit can bring it up a level if you’re going somewhere and you feel your outfit it slightly “underdressed” but it’s not unwearable. I’ve got a stupid amount of blazers (many of which I don’t wear – I think I have a problem) and will always pull one out if I’m feeling like the outfit needs a little something. I usually do this when I’m heading out to audit a site that I manage, or if I have a call on Teams/Zoom for work.
Let someone else pick your outfit
This is something my sister and I have done for years, but if I’m really stuck in a rut as to what to wear, I’ll rope in someone that’s in the house to help me out. Sometimes they’ll pick out something completely different to what I normally would and I end up loving it. Usually, it’ll be Aaron that helps out with this and he won’t pick the entire thing, but I put on a fashion show of sorts and give him options to choose from. Aaron doesn’t always “get” my choices, but runs with it and always praises whatever I end up in. Sometimes someone else’s perspective helps when you’re in a wardrobe rut.
Scroll through old photos
For those of you that are trend followers, this one might not be for you but it’s definitely something I’m always doing. I scroll through my camera roll to find inspiration from myself – if anyone knows my style it’s me and sometimes I just need reminding of what that is! The outfit below is something I’ve worn over and over (changing up the shoes) as I’m obsessed with the dress and quite frankly, absolutely love it!
In summary, you don’t always have to head out to the shop in order to resolve the issue of having nothing to wear. Sometimes it takes someone else’s perspective, looking back or just reverting to a fail safe style in order to fix the problem. We always have something to wear, it’s just a case of knowing how to put it together.