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By Melissa Tosetti
 
When it comes to clothes, it is so easy to get into a rut as you find yourself wearing the same outfits again and again.  

When we fall into this routine, we get the urge to go out and buy more clothes.  But, before heading to the mall, take just 10 minutes to shop your closet first. 

Ideally, this will be during a time when you're not in a hurry to get dressed and get to work.  One of the reasons we wear the same things over and over is that we're in the habit of wearing those items and because we're always in a hurry, they're easy to just grab and go.  

Pull out a pair of pants and set them on your bed.  Then see what you have in your closet that might go with those pants.  Even if you don't think the two items will go well together, try them on anyway.  You might be surprised.
 
In addition to putting different tops and bottoms together, another quick tip for creating new outfits is to layer your tops.  A colorful tank top beneath a button up shirt can add “pop” to an otherwise ho-hum ensemble.

In addition to trying new clothing combinations, consider going through the same process with your accessories.  Try adding a scarf to a particular outfit or a different necklace than what you normally wear with another. 
 
It's possible that you have two or three "new" outfits already in your closet that just need to be put together.
 
The idea is to get out of the routine of wearing the same things again and again. 
 
If you’re really struggling, it’s worth asking a friend to come over and help.  A fresh set of eyes on your existing wardrobe might be exactly what you need to breathe new life into it. 
 
 
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