Monday, March 18, 2013

Signature style.

I've written before about uniforms: I grew up wearing them (Catholic school from grades three-12, baby), and I still tend to wear a sort of uniform every day simply because it's easy—mine's typically jeans and a sweater/blouse (I usually don't wear dresses or skirts unless I have to go to a lunch or event), and it goes from day to night without the blink of an eye. But I'm not always thrilled about my clothes; despite being almost 30, I still struggle a bit when it comes to personal style (see: this post on accessories), although at least I know I prefer vintage-inspired and feminine vs. more sleek and modern—Anthropologie vs. J. Crew, if you will.

But still, I want to take my uniform up a notch.

Enter: The photo above. I love this. I am a huge fan of easy button-down shirts, especially chambray ones (my favorite one has little white polka dots on it), and I love a skinny cropped jean and a great heel. (In fact, a colleague of mine has those strappy heels the woman in the background is wearing, and they are so good. I covet them.) So why don't I wear a version of this more often? I am admittedly note a French Voguette, like these girls, but I don't think these kinds of clothes require you to be. New uniform? Might be worth a try...

Do you have a "uniform," or do you prefer to mix it up?

Photo: Nam/Streetsfn via Net-a-Porter


  1. I usually like to switch it up. Unless you count my yoga pants and a t-shirt look the second I get into the house.... then yes, I have a uniform the second I am behind closed doors. xx. McKenna Lou

    1. Yes, yoga pants and a T-shirt are totally my at-home uniform, too. ;) xo

  2. Oh god, I totally have a uniform. Bright patterned slipper flats, J. Crew pixies or minnies, a printed tank or long sleeve shirt partied with a blazer or bright cardigan. In summer you can't get my out of flouncy skirts and sundresses, but discussing anything warmer than 30 degrees feels like I'm getting ahead of myself. :)

    I'm seconding you here on ankle length pants and heels. I have two lengths of pants - at ankle and above ankle and both are stunning with high heels. J.Crew always does me right.

  3. I love those strappy shoes in the picture, but my footwear is usually a little less amazing! I guess I have two uniforms: on weekends, I'm usually in a short dress and cardigan with tights and tall boots (swap with bare legs and sandals/wedges in the summer). For work, dark pants and a simple blouse with a cardigan or the work-appropriate equivalent of my going out ensemble. My body has changed a lot over the past few years, and I think I've finally come to a stable point/size where it's worth investing in some good basics. Right now I'm working on building a wardrobe and figuring out what silhouettes best flatter my body. It's really fun but sadly limited by budget! Inspirational posts like this give me ideas for what to look out for when I hit the thrift shop though.