Maybe it’s the World Cup, or watching designers close their runway shows. Or maybe it’s the fact that I recently bought ANOTHER white top and pair of jeans. In any case, uniform dressing is on my mind.
Adopted (vs dictated) uniforms done well are flattering and efficient. They project confidence, consistency and authority without upstaging the wearer or their work. “…if you can find a uniform that makes you feel confident and comfortable in your own skin and you’re able to get dressed in less time, that’s a game changer,” says Michael Kors. “The simple truth is that, for most people, unless you are really an iconoclastic dresser, unless you’re Iris Apfel or David Hockney, the best thing you can do is have people notice you. If people are the picture, then the best clothes are the frame. And I’m the framer.” No wonder magnates from Barrack Obama and Steve Jobs to Jackie O and Vera Wang are/were devotees.
Keys to uniform dressing are as straightforward as the idea itself (though you may want to hire a stylist to assist in the beginning):
know yourself (your life, your body, and your preferences)
distill your wardrobe down to essentials that fit that self
update subtly every year (paying special attention to cut and accessories)
SOME FAMOUS UNIFORMS
1. Assess the value of uniform dressing to your life--maybe it's something to consider and try, or maybe there are aspects of this kind of dressing you can adopt to simplify your life-especially the getting ready in the morning part.