How to Break a Style Rut Part II: 5 Places to Find New Inspiration

how to find new inspiration


So I went a little radio silent last week due to the chaos that was moving and getting set up in our place – which I’m absolutely in love with!

I’m planning to give a mini home tour soon, so keep an eye out 🙂

But for now, I want to continue with my favorite tips and techniques for breaking a style rut, in celebration of the relaunch of my 50 Ways to Break a Style Rut guide

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I briefly mentioned in my last post how many of us fall prey to style ruts or feel as if we’ve lost our creative mojo because our inspiration well has run dry.

And if that’s the case, then there’s only one thing to do – go hunt for some new inspiration.

Here are 5 different places you can find new inspiration for your style and creativity.

5 Places to Find New Inspiration

how to find new inspiration

1. Your home decor

Style is not exclusive to your wardrobe.

So just because you feel you’re lacking in your closet, doesn’t mean you can’t find your sense of style elsewhere.

Prime example: your living space.

Take a quick tour of your home or a favorite room and take pictures of everything that speaks to you visually.

It can be a tiny detail, specific object, or arrangement of items. Be sure to focus on everyday pieces, art, posters, decorative elements, jewelry – you get the picture 😉

Once you’ve snapped enough photos, take a look back through them, ask yourself why you’re drawn to these things, and how you can incorporate them into your style.

For example, I just bought a pair of linen curtains with pom-poms for our bedroom window. And in the grand scheme of our bedroom these are somewhat insignificant, but whenever I look at them I can’t help but smile.

To me, the pom-poms add just a touch of playfulness that I try to incorporate in all areas of my life including – you guessed it – my style.

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2. Nature

Not so thrilled with anything in your home?

Why not let the great outdoors be your inspirational guide?

Take a moment and think what scenes of nature you tend to gravitate towards.

Colorful bouquets? Cool forest greenery? Serene coastlines? The electric energy of city streets?

Ask yourself what lights you up about these places and how you can translate that into some creative expression.

I’ve always found nature to be the ultimate inspiration board, hopefully you will too.

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3. Art galleries and museums

Sometimes to sync up with your own sense of creativity you’ve got to seek out others.

Visiting art galleries or museums is one of my favorite ways to get a new dose of creative inspiration.

Take a weekend afternoon and spend a few hours browsing the art and creations of others.

Bring a notepad and take notes on every detail that jumps out at you from color combinations, shapes, and themes.

If you’re ever in London, I highly recommend visiting the Victoria & Albert Museum – it’s my favorite for art, history, design, and culture.

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4. Your city

There’s nothing like living in a city, whether it’s a sprawling metropolis like London or New York. Or smaller in scale like a Charleston, SC or Austin, TX.

They all have something to bring to the table – especially when it comes to finding new inspiration.

So no matter how big or small, get out and explore your town!

Take a walk with your camera or phone and snap photos of everything that captures your attention.

When you get back take a look at your pictures and see if you can spot any themes or ideas for further exploration.

how to find new inspiration

5. Expand your inspirational reading

If you’re reading this I’m going to assume you’re someone who enjoys reading blogs regularly and may even subscribe to a few in the fashion and beauty section.

And if that’s in fact true, then you’ll know fashion and beauty blogs are always full of inspiration.

However if that’s all you read, that inspiration well can dry up fast.

If that’s the case, then it’s time to expand your inspirational reading outside your comfort zone.

As I’ve continually said {to the point where I’m feeling like a broken record} – style isn’t solely based on what you wear, it’s how you express yourself in all areas of life.

So if you tend to focus on fashion and beauty, why not try expanding your inspirational reading to other areas that may interest you such as male fashion, home decor, design, or photography.


Now I’d love to hear from you.

Where are some places you go for a dose of inspiration?

Let’s chat in the comments!

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