8 Ways to break out of a style rut

May 17, 2011 at 4:23 p.m. ET

Moms often have so much more to worry about than their clothes. Getting the kids to school, grocery shopping, cooking dinner, soccer practice...the list goes on and on. If you have fallen into a style rut, break out with these simple beauty and fashion tips.

Fashionable mom in summer

1Wear a new article of clothing every week

This doesn't mean you have to go shopping. Take inventory of your closet and jewelry box. Most women have at least 30 items of clothing, jewelry, accessories or shoes that aren't in their regular rotation.


Tribal print tunic

Get into hair accessories

And we don't mean scrunchies! Hair accessories -- headbands, scarves, barrettes and clips -- are hot right now. Look for different ways to dress up your hair with floral embellishments, vibrant colors and crystal accents.

3Stop wearing t-shirts

Unless you are lounging around the house, don't wear tees (unless they are cool graphic t-shirts, of course). Substitute cute camis, colorful tanks and tribal-inspired tunics for your ordinary tees.

4Wear color

We all get in the habit of wearing black and gray too often. Sure, dark shades are slimming, but these colors can also be so drab. This summer, get into color -- even at the office. Add an orange blazer or a polka dot print skirt to your workday wardrobe. On the weekend, both mini and maxi dresses in citrus colors are fun options.

5Gap color block bagChange your handbag

Many of us have dozens of handbags, but only one that we carry regularly. Switch your handbag to one that you haven't used in a while, or splurge on a fun summer bag. Pick a handbag that can work for the office and weekend wear -- a medium sized tote or satchel that is big enough to hold all your essentials.

6Put on some lipstick

If you have gotten into the no-makeup habit, glam up with a little lipstick. Next time you are leaving the house, even if just to go to the corner store, put on a little lipstick. Check out some of our favorite plum lipsticks -- one of the hottest colors of the year.

Nautical wedges7Pick up a pair of wedges

Wedges are trendy and cool. They provide a little height, while being comfortable too. We love some of the nautical wedges that are out right now, but floral espadrilles and other wedge sandals are also cute choices.

8Change your 'do

Look in the mirror. How long have you been wearing your hair the same way? Years? Decades? Give yourself a fresh look for summer by changing your hairstyle or trying a new color. The SheKnows Beauty & Style experts have compiled an amazing assortment of hairstyle ideas, from supershort pixie cuts to long and wavy locks. Find the best hairstyle for you >>

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