Creating a Daily Uniform
French writer Stendhal once stated that only great minds can afford a simple style. Why not showcase your confidence and intellect by creating a daily uniform that simplifies your getting ready routine?
Many smart and successful people simplify their wardrobes to free their mind so they can make better decisions. It's not a concept for everyone but for anyone who appreciates essential living it could be a life changer. Instead of worrying about what to wear everyday you can pull together a classic look and devote the time saved to more pressing matters.
If you're up for the challenge considering these simple tips will help you construct your very own individual uniform:
In order to own your look you'll have to be secure with yourself and your sense of style. Think about the types of pieces or specific items that boost your confidence. For some it may be a Hugo Boss power suit while for others it may be a pair of Converse sneakers. Start with your favorite items and build the look from there.
Comfort is key when you are wearing the same type of outfit everyday. Consider the fabrics and structure of the items that make you feel most comfortable. You might prefer sturdy materials such as cotton that can stand up to a lot of wear and tear, or maybe silk works because you like the feel of it against your skin and it's easy for you to keep clean.
Keeping a minimalist mindset will be important in crafting your uniform but it doesn't mean you can't let your natural style shine through. It doesn't matter if you prefer an urban or business look, you can make a uniform work by building a base from simple basics (neutral colors, structured shirts, streamlined blazers) and then using shoes and accessories to customize.
If you work in a corporate law firm you'll have to conform to a different set of outfit guidelines than if you work in an advertising agency. It's important to select items that fit in well with your current lifestyle — be it casual or formal.
Having a daily uniform doesn't necessarily mean wearing the exact same items everyday (though to each his own). You'll have to consider your budget and think about which items you'll need quite a few of because it would be too much to keep them clean (e.g. white button down shirts), and which items you only need a few of because you can easily wear them frequently (e.g. dark rinse skinny jeans).
Take some time to construct a list of go-to brands that have the basics you need. Brands or retailers such as Cuyana, Theory, Vince, and Steven Alan have stylish minimalist apparel that can help you build a classic, yet unique, look.
Creating a daily uniform can be a fun project and a great way to simply life. For some it may be easy to set a look and stick with it indefinitely. For others, who prefer to experiment or change up their style, you can alternate your uniform weekly, monthly or seasonally. There are no rules or restrictions other than understanding what works for you.
Interested in more hands on resources for creating a daily uniform? Explore my capsule wardrobe course and learn how to build an edited closet of essential items that are beautiful and practical.