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Are You in a Style Rut?

DO pinpoint the reason for your resistance.

Much like crash diets, crash makeovers rarely work.

Before you chuck all of your clothes and makeup, or lop off all of your hair consider this: "As with most behavioral tendencies, we gravitate toward the mean, the center," Baumgartner says. "We may attempt a bold makeover, but eventually we return to wearing what we feel most comfortable in."

Small tweaks are more effective and long lasting than a huge overhaul. For example, you may be a fan of an A-line dress, but rather than throwing out all of your dresses and only wearing pants, try different styles of dresses, include accessories, or play with color.

"Find a way to break the rut in small incremental ways, do one thing each day that shakes things up and makes you uncomfortable in a good way," Barth says.

DON’T let a style rut be the start of a life rut.

It's natural to grow and evolve, and when we consistently opt for the same-old, same-old, there most likely is some form of a rut going on that may be bigger than clothes and makeup.

"Check in with yourself when you look in the mirror and note how you feel about how you are presenting yourself to the world," Barth says. "Transformation happens from an inside-out and outside-in kind of way, and by appropriately honoring 'stretch don't break' our vitality from life expands."

Start small and grow.

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