Style Rut

I am in a style rut.

Lately, I've found myself bemoaning the entirety of my wardrobe contents, wearing outfits I don't particularly like and generally feeling frumpy, dumpy and lumpy. It doesn't help that I have a very unfashion figure. My body type is that of an unfortunate Kardashian crossed with a sausage dog (read: short legs, long flat torso, big arse), which makes actually finding things that fit me a real pain-in-the-ass, time-consuming, frustrating bore. If it fits in one place, it'll gape in another or be achingly snug somewhere else.

We don't even talk about trousers here. Too traumatic.

But I don't do ruts. I am categorically refusing to hang around in this one for too long. In fact, I'm not really sure how this one happened. I used to obsess over all things fashion; my walls were covered in editorials, I'd have sketches of dream outfits and wish lists as long as my arms. I used to even post almost exclusively outfit posts. (I have since archived them all. But those curious can have a peek/giggle at this blast from the past.) I loved getting dressed. I endured day-time high heels, clothes that restricted my movements, bemused looks from my mother and obnoxious jewellery that almost made me crash my car. I'm not saying I dressed well. Some outfits were horrific. But, at least I was trying things. To think that I would be describing myself as 'frumpy' and in a 'style rut' but three years on, would never have crossed my mind.

But grown up life has hit me. The free time I do have is spent exercising, socialising or vegetating in an exhausted heap, and the majority of my disposable income heads towards student overdraft debt, a paltry savings account or - gasp - a pension pot. At the moment, I have neither the time nor the money to luxuriate in fashion.

What a snore. Don't worry, I'm boring myself too. I need a fashion quick fix, and I think I've got a plan.

I've always considered the concept of a 'fashion uniform' as a cop-out for the creatively lazy. But I am changing my mind. It's a savvy shortcut to style for the stressed and the time-pressed and I want a piece of that pie.

But where to start? I need something that fits with my current wardrobe (but with a few clever updates, obviously - I mean, I'm not giving up shopping), is easy to execute when you wake up hungover needing to look good fast but have zero brain function to conjure up an outfit, works with my Kardashian Sausage body, is equal parts laid back and fashion forward, and is scruffy in all the right places and polished in all the others.

I need some inspiration.

Hello, Pinterest style board.

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Hmm. I think I've found the answer. 

Hats and leopard print shoes.

Oh, and lashings of leather.

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