We’ve all been there. We look at our closets and think “bluck, everything looks the same.” We also look at our wallets and think “bluck, I don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend on a new wardrobe.”

Well, I have a super easy tip to get you out of a wardrobe / outfit rut:

Buy one or two things in a color you don’t own.

Now, I know what you might be thinking “I look crazy in emerald green, so, pipe down you redheaded fool.” But hey, don’t knock it ’til you try it.

I personally never thought I could pull off the color lavender. I tried a lavender top on at Marshall’s and ended up loving it. When I wore the top out I got a lot of compliments about how good I looked in it!

So, for you, a few things to keep in mind:

  • The style and fit matters more than the color

You want a piece of clothing that is flattering and you feel confident in first. If you typically look good in wrap tops, find a wrap top in a color you don’t own. If you feel good wearing the style, you’ll more than likely feel good wearing the new color.

  • Go solid

Prints are always fun to add to our wardrobe, but we want the new primary color to stand out. Find a solid piece that has fabric details such as pleating, ruching etc. The top I chose had some slight puff in the sleeves. The more basic with subtle details, the more likely you’re able to wear it again by mixing and matching with items you already own.

  • Make sure the color works with other pieces you own

You found your new color – great! But unfortunately lime green only goes with one pair of pants that you typically only wear in the fall. Yeah, we don’t want that. Find a color that’s new, but also goes with other pieces you have. For example, you bought a sweater in a new color for fall. Does it pair well with your Jackets? Pants? Boots? Can you create three outfits with this new sweater? If you can, great. If you can’t, you might want to try and find another color.

  • Ease into it

Now, I’m not saying go bold or go home – there are plenty of shades out there to choose from. I don’t own anything purple, but couldn’t pull the trigger on something PURRRPLE. Hence, why I opted into the more subtle lavender color.

What new color are you thinking about getting?

Date night outfit

Women's black leather pants

Lavender top


Womens lavender tops

 Urban Outfitters UO The Mom V-Neck Tee • Urban Outfitters • $20

BELLE + SKY Belle + Sky Smocked Sleeve Blouse • BELLE + SKY • $11.10

We The Free South Side Thermal Top • We The Free • $68

Naked Zebra Halter V-Cutout Tank Top • Naked Zebra • $19.97

Tiered Ruffle Blouse • Ella Moss • $39.98

Forever 21 Boxy High-Low Shirt • Forever 21 • $14.90

-Happy Styling-

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