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5 ways to step out of your style comfort zone

5 ways to step out of your style comfort zone

Stepping out of your comfort zone, in any capacity, often requires a little bit of a nudge. And well, here we are. We’re all about trying something new when it comes to style. In fact, most of our articles are entirely centred around giving you the confidence to experiment with what you wear. With that in mind, we thought it may be a good idea to collate (with the help of stylist Toby Standing), all of our best advice in one place. Ready to try something new? Let’s get into it. 

1. Expand your silhouette horizons

Photographed: COS RELAXED-FIT TAPERED TROUSERS (£55)

The silhouettes you’re into needn’t be concrete – so if you’ve been donning the same slim-leg jean and crew-neck t-shirt for some time now, perhaps it’s time to try out something new. Luckily, the warmer months pose the perfect opportunity to bring in those loose, breezier styles into your everyday rotation. Remember, you don’t have to go all-out, all at once, start with some wider-leg trousers at first, just to ease you in – you’ll soon see how they give your wardrobe a new lease of life. 

2. Explore new brands

Though it’s easy to shop from the brands you know and love, instead of opting to buy your new pieces from your old reliables, try looking for new (or new to you) brands that resonate with you style-wise. Thankfully, since you signed up to Thread, brand discovery should be second-nature to you and if not, you’ve got a personal stylist on hand to help you out. In the meantime, have a read about  6 of our favourite independent brands and see if you discover a new firm favourite. 

3. Try new fabrics 

Texture and fabric can bring a lot more to outfits than you might think, so if you find yourself choosing that same cotton t-shirt, denim jeans combo when the days get brighter, branching out can be the first step in elevating your personal style. Lightweight summer knits and seersucker come strongly recommended here – they shouldn’t feel too scary to start you off, but hopefully will lead to some more confidence when it comes to fabric experimentation. 

4. Don’t go from 0-100

Photographed: Wood Wood Fred Ivy Hoodie (£179)

While switching up your style is exciting, of course, the temptation to go all-out at once and walk out of your house looking like a different person should be avoided. The likelihood is you’ll actually feel way too out of your comfort zone to the point where you just feel, well, uncomfortable. The trick is to implement small (potentially barely noticeable) changes that feel like an extension of your personal style. This way, you can make sure the steps you’re taking are meaningful as opposed to flash in the pan decisions that only last the hour. 

5. Seek advice 

We suspect, given that you’ve clicked on this article, a little advice is needed here. That’s all good, if you’re still stuck for inspiration after the tips we’ve given here, remember to reach out to your stylist or take a browse through our Style Tips archive for some more help in specific areas.


Words: Yasmine Kennedy
Styling: Toby Standing