A personal uniform


I just read this article about a woman who has decided to wear a “uniform” to work everyday, which was originally written for Harper’s Bazaar. I thought it would be fun to share, just because this morning I had yet again the work clothes panic: what should I wear? My daily morning routine involves getting the kids up and dressed and fed and getting myself ready for work. The amount of times I don’t know what to wear while I am standing in front of a cupboard full of clothes, seriously running out of time, is ridiculous.

I really fancy the idea of a work wardrobe that fits everything! How much easier would my life be? A girl I once worked with had a similar idea: she always wore a black top and a patterned skirt come rain or shine. She always looked so put together and it worked for every occasion.

My problem is that I worry I might get quite bored… but perhaps the practicality of the “uniform” would outweigh my boredom. What do you think? Do you have a work uniform that makes your day easier or do you just freestyle?

– Emilie


Comments (4)

April 22, 2015

Back in 2009, I followed The Uniform Project for the entire year and it completely changed the way I looked at dressing myself. After that, when I found a silhouette that worked well on me, I bought it in various shades. So now my wardrobe is mostly made up of similar tops and bottoms that all work together. Perhaps you could try a uniform style outfit for a few weeks and see how it goes! Sheena showed the true power of how accessories make an outfit! You can still see the entire project here:

Esther in Amsterdam
April 23, 2015

Very intriguing. I’ve never thought of a uniform, but I know many men who buy the same suit and the same shirt, always, and indeed, how easy is that? I totally freestyle, but also, the way I dress depends on my mood. Which is not necessarily a good thing ; ). I don’t think wearing the same outfit day in day out would make me happy, but I like the idea of investigating my personal ‘best style’ more. I can then make better choices as to what to wear, and it will always look good and pulled together. Thanks for the insight! (Now I need you to come over and help me go through my wardrobe!!) x

April 23, 2015

This sounds very appealing to me. I have recently been reading about 10 item wardrobes and other minimalist approaches. I like the idea that by finding a style and shape that fits my body and workplace well I can afford high quality items because I won’t need a ton of them. I also like how the uniform approach can help to refine one-s personal “brand.” I am a lawyer and my practice depends on people knowing who I am and remembering me when they need assistance. I think a modified uniform might help in this effort.

April 23, 2015

I had just read this same article and it has stuck with me since and I am tempted to try it. I’m going to read the uniform project now as I’m intrigued! I love the thought it could save me valuable time in the morning when staring at my wardrobe despairing I have nothing to wear!

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