One of my favorite things to do when a new season is beginning and I feel like I don’t know what to wear (and feel like buying all the new things is necessary), is to come up with a few foolproof uniforms.
I was first introduced to uniforms a couple of years ago and they really streamlined how I wore my clothes and what I purchased. The idea is to find a couple of outfits (uniforms) that make you feel awesome, then build your wardrobe around that. For example, one uniform I love is a white top + denim + tan shoes. It can be worn all year long with different pieces, and I love how I feel in it. Since I know this is a uniform I turn to a lot, I know to look for white tops and tees that can be mixed and matched with my various denim bottoms.
Uniforms can take a lot of the stress out of figuring out what to wear. On days I am busy and need an easy win, I just reach for one of my outfit formulas. I think it helps to have a couple you like, and then buy clothes that fit within the formulas. I also like having a general color palette, too, so what you by can mix and match with each other.
For the past couple of years my Fall.Winter uniforms have stayed pretty consistent, as well as the colors I like to wear.
White top + denim + tan shoes
Oversized sweater/tunic/sweatshirt + Skinny jeans + ankle boots
Oversized cardigan + tee + jeans
The colors I wear more often are white, black, camel, gray, mauve, pink, mustard yellow, and some red. I also wear a lot of camel colored shoes, with some leopard thrown in.
This isn’t something you have to follow religiously, every so often I see something that doesn’t fit the colors I typically buy or my outfit formula, and that’s okay! This isn’t a rigid system, it is just a guide to help build a cohesive closet that works for you and your life.
Since I have been doing this for a couple of years now, I have a lot of staples that roll from season to season. I don’t have to buy as much because what I do buy lasts more than one season. I tend to just add a few things that I think will add to what I have, or if I need something in a different size. I know this Fall I am looking for a pair of snakeskin shoes (love how accessories make outfits fun!), a camel teddy coat, and a couple of new sweaters. I also need to buy a couple pairs of jeans as my others ones are a bit tighter right now;)
So that’s it! Do you wear a uniform? What is your favorite outfit to wear?