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Kori Ellis is an editor and writer based in San Antonio, TX, where she lives with her husband and four children. At SheKnows, she writes about parenting, fashion, beauty and other lifestyle topics. Additionally, Kori has been published i...

Get out of a fashion rut

Are you in a fashion rut, recycling the same four or five outfits over and over again? Clean out your closet, build your wardrobe around the classics and follow these other helpful tips to freshen up your wardrobe.
Woman in messy closet

With one month almost gone in 2009, it's time to get out of that fashion rut and freshen up your wardrobe for the new year. However, that doesn't mean you have to spend a bundle. Here are some great ways to look fabulous by getting organized and making stylish yet economically sound shopping decisions.

Clean out your closet

If you wear the same black skirt to work every Friday, it's probably because you know exactly where it is. Though spring isn't here yet, it's time to do some spring cleaning of your closet. Go through every single item in your closet and drawers including clothes, shoes, handbags and even lingerie.

Follow these tips for cleaning out your closet. While you are at it, organize your makeup and beauty products too.

Shop for "grown up" clothes

Are you in your first "real" job since college or transitioning back into the corporate workforce? If you feel like you don't have enough clothes to build a work wardrobe, start with the essentials. Choose eight essential pieces, two great pairs of shoes and a classic handbag.

Woman - business suitYour essentials will depend on your dress code at work, but these pieces are tried and true:

  • Business suit
  • Little black dress
  • Pencil skirt
  • White blouse
  • Print blouse
  • Tailored slacks
  • Cardigan sweater
  • Pullover/turtleneck sweater
  • Black pumps
  • Ballet flats
  • Classic handbag

When shopping for these key pieces, you can afford to splurge a little bit because you will be able to wear them for years to come.

Don't be afraid of color

We all love black but you can look great in color too. Don't be afraid to be a little adventurous when it comes to color in your wardrobe. If you find yourself wearing black or the same color the majority of the time, make a pledge to yourself to only wear it one or two days a week. If you are a little shy about wearing color, do it one piece at a time by adding colorful shoes, handbags or jewelry until your comfortable enough to don that fabulous red dress that's been hanging in your closet.

Add some sparkle and shine

Sometimes we get in a fashion rut not because our clothes are that horrible but because we don't accessorize well. Add a little glitz to your look with sparkling jewelry, patent leather shoes and shiny handbags. Accessories are a great way to get the most out of your wardrobe and add a little pizazz to your look. You can change an outfit entirely by adding the right accessories. Places like Target, Forever 21 and other discount retailers, as well as sample sale websites, offer quality accessories at low prices. Follow these other tips on how to maximize your wardrobe with accessories.

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