How to Escape a Fashion Rut

We’ve all been there: It’s early in the morning, and you’re staring blankly into the wide abyss of your closet. You’re surrounded by clothes, you don’t know what to wear… so, you grab the same thing you throw on every day. You’re in a rut! But guess what? It’s just as easy trying something new as it is reverting back to old style habits with these simple Stylist tips.

Whether you’re willing to adventure near or far from your tried & true favorites, we’ve got you covered below. And if you’re feeling extra bold, update your Style Profile and increase your adventure selection to “sometimes” or “frequently” (we’d love to help out!).

Stitch Fix Women's outfit laydown featuring skinny jeans, teal green turtleneck sweater, white and green pullover, black striped turtleneck, and black heeled booties on a white box.

Add a color infusion. Don’t shy away from bright pieces, especially if your everyday wardrobe is dark or neutral. For small impact, try a colorblock print—it’s an easy addition to a simple jean. To go more bold, investigate which colors look great on you (are you cool or warm?), then tell your Stylist to infuse bright pops of that color palette into your Fixes. An upside: color is an instant mood booster!

Stitch Fix Women's yellow floral ruffle sleeve top and black and white checkered pants hanging on rack next to black wedges on white stool.

Go graphic! Wearing bold-printed trousers is a fun and impactful way to incorporate more ooomph into your life. Take it to the next level with a graphic print. These aren’t the pants of the ’80s (don’t worry); instead they’re a great way to take an otherwise basic outfit up a notch. If you want to ease into this vibe, tell your Stylist you want to start with baby steps like a black-and-white combo—it’s easier to pair a top back to this neutral color palette.

Stitch Fix Women's outfit laydown featuring blue and white printed shirt, brown clutch, yellow strappy sandals and yellow shorts.

Shake up your shorts. Heading into summer means beating the heat with shorter hem lengths. If you often choose to wear a classic denim short, think about mixing it up with texture, pattern or details—like crochet or cut-outs—in your top. To be more adventurous, try a new short material altogether—bonus points if it comes in a fun, fiery color.

Stitch Fix Women’s pink skinny jeans and yellow-patterned blouse hanging from a rack behind blue sneakers on stool.

Embrace cropped, colored denim. Sure, your favorite dark wash jeans are an easy go-to, but it’s time to head to the lighter side. Not only are they better to wear in warmer weather, but they add some proportion play to your everyday look. Tailored, fitted and simple, a great pair of cropped denim is a great choice if you’re looking to find an alternative to your favorite jeans.  Tell your Stylist that you want to try colored or neutral denim!


Stitch Fix Women’s gold stud and thread earrings, chain and bangle bracelets, hair clips and necklaces.

Spruce up with a jewelry refresh. If you’re a working woman, you spend a lot of time at the office (trust us, we get it!). Workwear is an easy place to allow your “daily look” to fall into a rut. A simple way to add a boost to your office ensemble is to accessorize with updated jewelry. Ask your Stylist to send you fresh new pieces that will help any ensemble pop.

Are you looking for new ways to wear your old favorites? Or, maybe you’re ready to add new colors, patterns and silhouettes to your wardrobe. Let our stylists help you escape your fashion rut. Take your style quiz, schedule a Fix and sit back and relax. You’ll receive five pieces handpicked for you right to your doorstep. Buy what you love, return the rest. Shipping, exchanges and returns are always free. 

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