3/28/2014 6:02:00 AM Lawless Fashion Critic @Large: Rut Management, part 1
by Lauren Woltman
It's easy to fall in a routine of the same old, same old - but when the answer to "Didn't you just wear that yesterday?" becomes "I don't remember," it may be time to switch things up.
If it's something as simple as letting go of a bag that's become your security blanket or as involved as changing up your entire weekend dressing MO, digging yourself out of a rut doesn't have to involve a round of hypnosis.
Whatever rut you're currently knee-deep in, I'm here with a sartorial shovel to dig you out.
The Rut: I can't figure out how to do color. You probably love black and neutral tones because it's super-easy to mix and match (not to mention, always flattering). But straying outside of your comfort zone makes you feel like a beacon. Solution: Jewel tones are your friend! Jewel tones offer that same versatility while visually looking different. Oxblood, forest green, navy, and paprika can be worn with black or in combination. Mix in one (or a few!) non-all-black accessories, and you'll feel like you stand out, but not in a subtle way.
The Rut: I wear sneakers every day. Comfort is key for you. You need to be able to run around without worrying whether your feet will give out before you've gotten through half your day, and sneakers have been the obvious shoe to wear. The Solution: Boots are comfortable, too. A comfortable pair of flats that let you go all day, but also won't make you self-conscious in dressier occasions. You need something that covers a large surface area of your foot (sorry - ballet flats don't quite cut it) like lace-up oxfords, or ankle-high boots. Need more support? Gel inserts will help you milk a few more hours out of your feet in the day.
The Rut: I live in jeans. I get it. Jeans are comfortable, durable, and if not overly embellished, chameleon-like - they go with literally everything you already own. But if you're always reaching for them day-in, day-out, it might be time for a change. The Solution: Take it up a notch with a classic new cut or color-wash. They can be dressed up or dressed down, and the options are endless. Try something new!
The Rut: I carry the same bag all year. Your roomy bag has been your trusty sidekick for years now, but after lugging it around every single day, it might be time for a change. The Solution: Invest in a chic structured bag. If you'd like something that combines space, style, and durability, but you want a more structured shape that only looks better with a beating, consider switching to a medium-sized doctor's bag. It's professional enough for work, but won't look weird when you're out to drinks, either. Bonus: Look for a bag with a clip on strap for when you'd rather go hands-free.
Pick up next week's Kudos for part two of this fashion rescue.
You can find Lauren Woltman, pictured here, at the Hop Sing Trading Co. in the Bashford Courts, 130 W. Gurley St.