Kate Moss working V-Neck Tee & JeansOver the last 12 months I've heard a lot about a "fashion uniform". Now this style of dressing is in vogue. More than just a signature pair of shades, bag or coat, your fashion uniform is more a range of basics and styles you pretty much revolve your whole wardrobe around. I always knew I stuck to my fave palette and key looks, but I realize I have totally been working uniform for quite structured years! With 2 toddlers and abandoning my work wear as a stay at home mum, my wardrobe has shrunk beyond recognition. However it is still filled with all the same styles I have worn for the last 20 years - a sea of denim & jeans, fitted V-neck tees, V-neck jumpers, plaid shirts, pencil skirts, leather jacket with a dose of black lace. At work it was all shift dresses, straight leg black pants, black pencil skirts worn with fitted shirts or tees and a blazer or jacket. My wardrobe palette is a sea of black, grey, white and taupe, a healthy dose of leopard print and a dash of metallics and pink. I can count on one hand the times I've worn yellow or orange. Shoes are much the same. All heels were 2-4 inches pre-babies. Shoes are now almost all boots. The only flats I own are Havaianas, Chucks or beachy strappy sandals. And my beloved taupe or grey ugg boots (which never set foot outside!).
Fashion Uniform by louloublue featuring high rise skinny jeans
I love Kate Moss'es style, which echoes styles I like. Jeans, fitted shirts, tees, cashmere jumpers, pussy bows. A bit of 90's plus that rock chick edge. Her latest 'work outfit' is "skinny black jeans, black cargo jacket over her shoulders, a black top, a black handbag and black sunglasses."'I can't be bothered to get a look together" she says of her daywear now but at night I love dressing up. I go all out" Kate may be dismissive of her day-to-day style, but for most of us, 'unbothered' Kate represents the pinnacle oo goals." Net-A-Porter. For someone who is passionate about fashion and design, I always thought maybe it was wrong or strange that my wardrobe was so limited, but now I can see that you can still be into fashion and not have to wear or try every style & colour du-jour that comes though each season. Occasionally I've bought some on-trend fast fashion item that really has not suited me and I've not felt great in it, a waste of money that has ended up in a heap at the back of the wardrobe.
Karen Elsopn as Grace CoddingtonSusannah Frankel, editor-in-chief of Another Magazine is known for her chic black uniform style. "Is it boring to have a uniform?" Frankel laughs. "Maybe, but some very chic people do. Karl Lagerfeld's black jackets and white high-collared shirts, Miuccia Prada's cardigans, Rei Kawakubo's dhoti pants, Azzedine Alaia's black pyjamas... I think that's pretty good company!" The Telegraph
Jean SebergLook at Carine Roitfeld's black tailored rock chick look. Victoria Beckham's pencil skirts and tailored coats and shirts. Alexa Chung's Bretons and ballet flats, Diane Von Furstenberg's wrap dress, Grace Coddington all in black. And so many historical stars like Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, Jean Seberg, Edie Sedgewick whose uniform styles have been etched into fashion inspiration and history. Interesting that 3 of these women are French, a nationality renowned for their fashion savvy and chic.
Carine RoitfeldCarine Roitfeld is one of my faves. "Most people think I’m very 'night’ in the way I dress, but for me it’s my uniform for working, and it’s also what I wear for going on a plane, for going to dinner – I will not change so much... I’m always wearing the same. Even if elements are different, it’s always the same silhouette. I travel a lot, so if I have the same base I make it easy for myself... I wear black because I like it, but also because it’s easier." says Carine Roitfeld. Read more here.
Kate Hudson in flip flops, jeans & plaid Rails shirt
While my fashion uniform was inadvertent, I was reading a recent ELLE and came across an article about decoding your wardrobe - where different people wrote about their relationship with clothes -and came across a tale by Hannah Swerling about how she consciously came to dress in her own uniform. "My fashion whims were as changeable as my music taste - you could find me in oversized Maharishi pants while nodding to Dr Dre one day, or swaying to the Backstreet Boys dressed in pedal pushers and a 'nice top' the next...Through a process of trial and error, I started to make sense of what to wear...Yes, my palette is the stuff of Iris Apfel's nightmares - black, white, navy, grey and khaki. The uniform I created for myself is functional, but it also makes me feel like the stylish woman I always aspired to be." UK ELLE, December 2015
I remember reading this article last year about Matilda Kahl from Saatchi & Saatchi who wore the same outfit to work for 3 years. An Art Director.
Audrey Tatou as Coco Chanel in classic suitI love the idea of a fashion uniform. I also know what suits & flatters my figure. I think knowing what you like & sticking to it isn't necessarily being lazy - it's being efficient! Fashion Historian Elyssa Dimant breaks down fashion uniform dressers into three categories:“The first is the person who can’t be bothered, who wears the same pieces because he knows it fits and wears well. The second is incredibly calculating — Coco Chanel is in that category — someone who feels very strongly that one should have a select number of pieces at any given time and in perpetuity to establish identity. They are identity wearers. And then the third is just drawn to one sensibility, to one group of aesthetics, so it’s less about projecting an identity and more about what they are attracted to” Wardrboeoxygen.com