Fashion Style Tips

What to Wear When Your in a Style Rut

30 April 2018

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I know I’m not alone when I say that some days I just have no clue what to wear. Whether we have a wardrobe of abundance or limited options a style rut is bound to happen from time to time.

Even as a style blogger piecing together outfit after outfit for my blog can feel daunting at times. While I absolutely love the craft of wardrobe assembly, dressing to the nines all the time is not realistic. Nor is it even necessary.

Just because we are lacking inspiration and the creative juices aren’t flowing doesn’t mean looking like a bum is our only resort.

I find during those times when I’m feeling uninspired with my wardrobe options (like I did preparing for this shoot) simply leaning on the basics will do the trick. It’s almost like it re-centers you on a clean slate and eliminates all the unnecessary efforts to complicate things. It can be so liberating and freeing that I actually now prefer mostly basics in my own personal everyday style. Great style is not wearing all the trendy pieces, but the ability to work with what you have and feel great in it.

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A dependable wardrobe should primarily consist of quality basics with a splash of frills, trends, and fluff. Not only are basics essential and timeless, but can truly stand alone in an effortlessly stylish and chic way.

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What I’m Wearing:

Below are a few reliable basics that can come to the rescue without much effort or thought, yet still leaving you feeling polished and put together. Click the desired photos below for shop details.






Bags and Accessories:

What trusty basics do you rely on time and time again? I would love to hear about them in the comments below.

AnnetteΒ β™₯


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  • Reply McKenna BASS TRAHAN 30 April 2018 at 1:14 PM

    Love these thoughts! Distressed jeans have become my new favorite piece!!

    • Reply Annette 30 April 2018 at 1:20 PM

      Thank you McKenna.

  • Reply Dawn 30 April 2018 at 1:37 PM

    Love this post! So true! I love a good pair of jeans, a V-neck tee and slip ins.

    • Reply Annette 1 May 2018 at 7:21 AM

      Thank you Dawn. The perfect comfy go-to.

  • Reply Cathy 30 April 2018 at 1:39 PM

    Love this chic go-to outfit! Your shoes are fabulous!!


    • Reply Annette 1 May 2018 at 7:21 AM

      Thank you Cathy.

  • Reply Stephanie 30 April 2018 at 2:07 PM

    You really can’t go wrong with this classic ensemble! I love it all so much! Those shoes are especially fantastic!

    • Reply Annette 1 May 2018 at 7:20 AM

      Thank you Stephanie.

  • Reply Candace 30 April 2018 at 4:25 PM

    My go-to is a nice pair of jeans and a bodysuit, with a pair of sneakers. Can never go wrong with either!

    • Reply Annette 1 May 2018 at 7:20 AM

      Sounds like the perfect comfy go-to.

  • Reply Celeste Godoy 30 April 2018 at 4:43 PM

    Love how you styled this look with beautiful accessories! Now I need to get that bag and sunnies!

    • Reply Annette 1 May 2018 at 7:19 AM

      Thank you Celeste.

  • Reply Sarah Lennon 30 April 2018 at 6:02 PM

    Those pumps are fabulous! I think that every girl should have a good ol’ pair of leopard pumps in their closet!

    • Reply Annette 1 May 2018 at 7:19 AM

      Thank you Sarah. Yes, I agree. The perfect neutral for a splash of extra.

  • Reply Julia Comil 30 April 2018 at 6:32 PM

    Love this edit!! I am a big fan of this outfit! Perfect when you are in a style rut

    • Reply Annette 1 May 2018 at 7:18 AM

      Thank you Julia. xo

  • Reply Nicole 30 April 2018 at 9:23 PM

    A crisp white blouse is always my favorite go-to look!

    • Reply Annette 1 May 2018 at 7:18 AM

      Yes, the pairing options are endless. Thanks Nicole for reading.

  • Reply Megan 30 April 2018 at 11:21 PM

    I have a closet full of clothes and almost always end up wearing a Madewell tee and jeans. Can never get away from the classics!

    Megan |

    • Reply Annette 1 May 2018 at 7:17 AM

      Yes, you are so right. Thanks for reading Megan.

  • Reply Kileen 1 May 2018 at 12:17 AM

    Loving this outfit girl. The color of your top is so cute and love it paired with leopard heels.

    cute & little

    • Reply Annette 1 May 2018 at 7:16 AM

      Thanks so much Kileen.

  • Reply Kenzi || Life of a Sister 1 May 2018 at 6:35 AM

    I love this outfit, it’s perfect and seamlessly stylish! I love the pop of leopard, and I love the relaxed fit of the jeans too.

    • Reply Annette 1 May 2018 at 7:16 AM

      Thank you Kenzi.

  • Reply Jen 1 May 2018 at 7:56 AM

    I really loved this post! The outfit is chic will very little effort by just using the classics. Love your style!

    • Reply Annette 2 May 2018 at 7:23 AM

      Thank you Jen, I really appreciate you saying that. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Megan Elliott 1 May 2018 at 8:42 AM

    Love this effortless but chic look! Such a great mix of classics.

    • Reply Annette 2 May 2018 at 7:23 AM

      Thank you Megan.

  • Reply Deborah 1 May 2018 at 8:54 AM

    I have way too many days where I don’t know what to wear than I care to admit! I love this simple and chic look! Sometimes, basics make up the most fashionable looks!

    • Reply Annette 2 May 2018 at 7:25 AM

      Yes, I think sometimes we try to complicate things with styling. When simple can really go such a long way. Thank you for reading Deborah.

  • Reply Kate 1 May 2018 at 9:35 AM

    I quite agree with all of this! I tend to spend more money on good quality basics such as white shirts and great jeans because they provide such a good base – then I spend a little less when it comes to seasonal or trendy pieces. I love those shoes too, they’re so cute!

    • Reply Annette 2 May 2018 at 7:26 AM

      Yes, I really believe that is the way to go. Thank you for reading Kate.

  • Reply Sarah 1 May 2018 at 4:26 PM

    A white shirt and jeans will always be in too!

    • Reply Annette 2 May 2018 at 7:26 AM

      You are so right. True classics.

  • Reply candy 1 May 2018 at 5:12 PM

    Really like the classic shirt and the shoes that dress everything up. I just can’t do the big holes in the jeans. Just not something I like at all.

    • Reply Annette 2 May 2018 at 7:30 AM

      I totally get it. Distressed denim is definitely something to get used to. Thank you for reading Candy. xo

  • Reply Sandy 1 May 2018 at 5:45 PM

    I love this look – a crisp white top with distressed denim is my go to effortless style for being relaxed and still looking put together! Thank you for sharing your great style and taste!


    • Reply Annette 2 May 2018 at 7:27 AM

      Thank you Sandy.

  • Reply Carolyn 1 May 2018 at 9:42 PM

    I just love my basics. I think I wear black and blazers the most! Super cute and chic outfit here.

    • Reply Annette 2 May 2018 at 7:27 AM

      Black and blazers are a favorite of mine as well. Thank you Carolyn.

  • Reply KatWalkSF 1 May 2018 at 11:10 PM

    I couldn’t agree more! Quality basics are the way to go!

    • Reply Annette 2 May 2018 at 7:27 AM

      Thank you! xo

  • Reply Torey 2 May 2018 at 8:37 AM

    I love this classic and timeless look! x

    • Reply Annette 2 May 2018 at 8:38 PM

      Thank you Torey.

  • Reply Suzanne 2 May 2018 at 11:12 AM

    This is such a casual classic look – I really love the shoes.

    • Reply Annette 2 May 2018 at 8:38 PM

      Thank you Suzanne.

  • Reply Laura 2 May 2018 at 5:08 PM

    This is such a perfect go-to outfit!! I’m all about elevating basics with shoes and accessories!

    xo, Laura

    • Reply Annette 2 May 2018 at 8:39 PM

      Thank you Laura. xo

  • Reply Denise Kokinis 3 May 2018 at 7:03 PM

    I love keeping it simple when you cannot think of something to wear! I love this white button down and these fabulous jeans!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

    • Reply Annette 3 May 2018 at 10:26 PM

      Thank you Denise.

  • Reply Iris Elle 3 May 2018 at 7:16 PM

    I feel that way so much recently, especially with being so pregnant! I really love the idea of keeping it simple! This look is so simple, yet so chic!

    Iris Elle

    • Reply Annette 3 May 2018 at 10:28 PM

      I know the feeling. Pregnant is challenge and simple is a must. You look beautiful Iris. xo

  • Reply Nicole 4 May 2018 at 8:05 AM

    High rise dark and distressed jeans, maxi and midi dresses and denim jackets are my staple items …and lots of shoes πŸ‘  lol!!

    • Reply Annette 8 May 2018 at 9:55 AM

      High-rise are definitely a favorite of mine too. Thank you for reading Nicole.

  • Reply Delia 4 May 2018 at 6:09 PM

    Your jeans and your shoes! I love this whole outfit! So simple and chic!

    • Reply Annette 8 May 2018 at 9:55 AM

      Thank you Delia.

  • Reply sharon wu 4 May 2018 at 11:56 PM

    you look so cute i wouldn’t have even stopped to think you might be in a style rut haha. so effortlessly chic! xo

    • Reply Annette 8 May 2018 at 9:55 AM

      Thank you Sharon. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sarah K Tripp 7 May 2018 at 9:46 AM

    You look so chic! Love how you styled this!

    • Reply Annette 8 May 2018 at 9:56 AM

      Thank you Sarah.

  • Reply Taylor Mobley 7 May 2018 at 7:32 PM

    Anything with Cheetah print is right up my alley. LOVE this entire look.

    • Reply Annette 8 May 2018 at 9:57 AM

      I’m right there with ya. The best neutral with a splash of sass. πŸ™‚

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