5 Fashion-Girl Outfit Ruts & How To Break Out Of Them

Outfit fatigue tends to strike when we least expect it. One day, we're confidently strutting to work in the "in-again" flares we just resurrected from the depths of our closet, and the next, we can't see past our seemingly uninspiring selection of work trousers and button-ups. There's no denying that the best outfits start with a vision, but on those mornings when the lightbulb never flickers, we end up in a style rut, clinging to our same ol' sartorial inclinations. Good news is, there's a way to snap out of it without dropping major dinero.

To prove it, we tapped five fashion-savvy R29ers whose style uniforms, albeit already on-trend, needed a break from their endless rotation. With some new kicks from Keds and a few minor switches, we reimagined their everyday looks to make them feel new without an expensive add-to-cart marathon. Click ahead to see the upgrades. And, if you feel so inspired, Instagram a photo of your revamped getup with the hashtag #StyleDareContest (winners receive an epic trip to NYC — just sayin'). 

From simple shoe swaps to color pops, an all-new look is just a click away.
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Photographed by Aaron Richter.
Nell Riley, Executive Assistant, EVP Programming

Style Uniform
Riley characterizes her style as sleek, simple, and feminine. She seeks out basic hemlines and pieces that accentuate her arms and upper body. If she’s bringing prints into a look, she’ll balance it out with solid neutrals.

Koonhor skirt.
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Photographed by Aaron Richter.
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To funk up Riley’s classic style, she can ditch the pumps in favor of a slip-on sneaker and swap her white tank with a striped bateau top for a mixed-print look. Adding a blazer balances out the sneakers to retain her put-together aesthetic.
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Photographed by Aaron Richter.
Bethie Girmai, Assistant Stylist

Style Uniform
Girmai stocks her wardrobe with crop tops, miniskirts, and leather pieces in a mostly black, gray, and white color palette. Although she leans more edgy on the style spectrum, she’s not afraid to mix in pleats and collared shirts, calling her everyday look evocative of a “preppy dominatrix.”
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Photographed by Aaron Richter.
Style Dare
To break out of her monochromatic routine, Girmai can swap in a piece with texture and color, like this green-sequined pencil skirt. The midi length makes the body-conscious cut appropriate for work, while the blingy texture provides epic contrast to the crop top and black leather jacket.

Essentiel Antwerp skirt.
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Photographed by Aaron Richter.
Sydney Hass, Designer

Style Uniform
Hass is all about a sporty, comfortable vibe. She’s big on sneakers, darker colors, and striking a balance between loose and fitted silhouettes. "I like that my closet is basically all black and neutrals, because no matter what I put on, it matches, which is seriously convenient," she says. Living in New York also means always being on the move, and Hass never wants to feel restricted by her clothing.
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Photographed by Aaron Richter.
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To punch up Hass’ inclination towards a perfectly balanced look, she can mix different lengths to make more of an impact in her outfits. Here, a longer button-up tunic and shorter cropped jacket allow her to play with proportions in a fun, fresh way while still staying true to her relaxed style.

Current/Elliot jacket.
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Photographed by Aaron Richter.
Lyne Lucien, Photo Assistant

Style Uniform
A peek into Lucien’s wardrobe reveals a tendency towards high-waisted everything, turtlenecks, and bold primary colors and prints. There aren’t many style risks she’s not up for trying, with the exception of maxi- and midi-length pieces.
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Photographed by Aaron Richter.
Style Dare
Lucien already has a playful approach to dressing; to take it a step further, she can triple up on the prints in her top, skirt, and ankle socks. Staying in the same color family — in this case, pink — allows her to nail the print-on-print look. Topping it off with a bubblegum-hue leather jacket connects all the dots, uniting the mashed-up patterns into one cohesive theme.

Herion shirt.
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Photographed by Aaron Richter.
Anne Cassard, Senior Project Manager

Style Uniform
A style phenom at the office, even Cassard’s ever-changing outfits have some regular appearances: high-waisted pants with fuller legs, crop tops that complement the higher waist, and lots and lots of neutrals (animal print and metallics included), allowing her funkier pieces to have more impact.

Maje jacket, BlankNYC jeans, Paul Andrew shoes.
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Photographed by Aaron Richter.
Style Dare
Taking Cassard’s look to the next level requires a very simple change: introducing bold color. With a more vibrant red pant, she can break out of her neutral streak and ease into bright colors fit for spring and summer. To take the risk one step further, Cassard can swap her wide-legged pants for a more tapered silhouette. Still flattering her with a high waist, this introduces a little variety to her uniform.

Want even more style dares? See 'em all, here.

A.F.Vandevorst trousers.
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