The Uniform

by Leandra Medine
January 30, 2013
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Doug Funny Has Probably Had it Right All Along.

Written by Mattie Kahn, illustration by Charlotte Fassler

When I was thirteen and insufferable and newly infatuated with Alicia Silverstone, I vowed never to wear the same outfit twice. The endeavor befuddled my parents and garnered minimal attention from my peers, but I didn’t care. Somehow the venture—like so many misplaced attempts at self-definition—struck me as an exceedingly worthy practice. And so in a blue suede notebook to which I returned daily, I recorded my ensembles.

For three months, I recombined and repurposed and altered. I added belts and hair bows and rattling cuffs to once-worn dresses in the name of differentiation. I layered a lot. Suddenly, the purchase of a shirt or sweater or a pair of shoes took on disproportionate significance. “Do you have any idea how many new outfits this is going to make?” I said gleefully.

That this period coincided with the perpetuation of the Olsen twins’ homeless-inflected aesthetic was a glorious coincidence. But ingenuity could take me only so far. And while I can’t remember what at last catalyzed my defeat, the prospect of resorting to mismatched shoes probably had something to do with it. We can’t all be Helena Bonham Carter.

Still, even in the aftermath of the experiment, I resolutely avoided repetition. I liked the drama of getting dressed. I liked the uncertainty. The insides, the guts of my drawers were a deck of cards, and I shuffled them eagerly. Some hands, admittedly, were better than others. That is until Tim Gunn, of Project Runway fame, brought his eponymous Guide to Style and mellifluous intonations to Bravo TV. The show debuted in 2007. Mostly, it provided the inimitable Gunn with a fitting platform on which to share his skewering social commentary. It also afforded him the opportunity to codify his list of the ten essential items every woman needs.

According to Gunn, a perfect wardrobe was predicated on ten garments. Anything beyond them was icing. I remember staring at the television agog. I had ten pairs of novelty socks! I had ten pastel sweatshirts! Unsurprisingly, Gunn did not seem to feel that owning a stack of t-shirts emblazoned with such aphorisms as “I <3 Camp” and “Shop ‘Til You Drop” was necessary, but I had at least ten of those too.

The yawning gaps in my overflowing dresser drawers were suddenly so clear. I did not own dress pants or a trench coat or a classic white shirt. For the record: I still do not own dress pants. (Do harem pants count?) And while I remain unconvinced that a mere ten articles of clothing do a wardrobe make, Gunn’s sotto voce advocating for intelligent consumerism, for the cultivation of a deliberate sense of style, for some consciousness in fashion did resonate.

What he was prescribing was a uniform, and though I’m told that I vehemently protested my elementary school’s mandating one, I found myself persuaded. Slowly, like some utopian fantasy, the individual components of my wardrobe homogenized into a blur of leather accents and hunter green and things meant to look as though they were procured at Sandro. I was an evangelical in my reformed shopping habits. I bought sparingly and infrequently. If a store’s offerings failed to satisfy my standards, I returned home empty-handed. True story: I’ve been searching for perfect black flats for three years. When I eventually find them, I intend to buy four pairs.

The contents of my closet are now largely identical. I’ve worn the same pair of diamond studs since my sophomore year of high school. True, distinctions between the unique washes of my six pairs of jeans are slight at best. (“But, see, those are my ‘going out’ jeans!” I like to explain.) I own five striped shirts and possess chambray in inappropriate quantities. Somehow, I have accumulated 11 oversized knit sweaters. One of them is a buoyant pink. Occasional exposed zipper notwithstanding, the rest are fit for a funeral. Or a devout Wiccan. I am in a committed relationship with my hardware-free, knee-grazing leather boots. Between November and March, I seldom remove them. It’s why I sometimes forget what my ankles look like.

Moreover, I have recently decided to embrace my growing scarf dependency, which manifests itself in an unwillingness to leave the house without either a filmy, spun-gold-looking shawl of unknown origin or the chunky, cashmere infinity number that I scored three years ago, for $25, at an Alexander Wang sample sale.

This unflinching dedication to consistency has not gone undetected. Once upon a time, my freshman-year roommate noted, “It’s amazing,” she said. “You have so much clothing, but you always kind of look the same.”

“That is so nice,” I replied, meaning it.

I want to formally apologize to my pre-teen self. I am sure I’ve disappointed her terribly. Last week, I wore the same outfit for three days straight. I didn’t feel bad about it. I hadn’t slept in a dumpster or a subway or a stranger’s bed. I hadn’t run away or locked myself out of my apartment. I hadn’t lost my luggage. I just really, really, really liked my sweater.

REPLIES
  • Elisa

    This sounds exactly like me, wearing and buying the same stuff over and over again (navy blue jumpers and mini skirts in my case), but I’m not sure I like it? I wish I could just come up with totally original outfits with what I already have in my wardrobe, with clever ways of layering or teaming different pieces…

    Elisa – Wandering Minds fashion
    http://www.ourwanderingminds.com

  • Holly-Bella

    Haha I get where you’re coming from! I’ve never owned any of those ‘classic’ pieces that everyone is supposed to have, like a white shirt and trench coat. I almost bought a plain white shirt the other day and got so depressed at the idea that I just couldn’t; I got a red mini-skirt instead. Some days I do wish I had a ‘uniform’ and then I remember there is a good reason I didn’t even do that shit for school, lol xoxo

    http://thepersephonecomplex.blogspot.co.uk/

    • http://www.facebook.com/flo.labrado Flo LaBrado

      Although… a simple, white tee is the backdrop to wearing more outrageous, ridiculously unnecessary pieces.

    • http://twitter.com/BikePretty Melissa, BikePretty

      I hate classic white shirts and white tees. Listen, people! White does not look good on all skin tones!

  • http://twitter.com/StephDoesTweet Stephany Abreu

    “We can’t all be Helena Bonham Carter.” Spot on. I, too, believe some outfits are worth repeating.

    http://alongthemoon.com

  • Isabella

    Just take for example Carolina Herrera and Michael Kors – who always look the same – but are definitely stylish people. Yes, always kind of looking the same is great!

  • Charlotte

    You are able to make me laugh every single time! “Suddenly, the purchase of a shirt or sweater or a pair of shoes took on disproportionate significance. “Do you have any idea how many new outfits this is going to make?” I said gleefully.”…I still do this. Every. Single. Time. As for the perfect black flats? I know this might not be very original, but hey, classics are classics for a reason: go with London Sole. Those are the best. Styles ‘Harriet or ‘Henrietta’ or my personal favourites. After looking for years myself I finally found the perfect pair of ostrich black ballet flats. And have been addicted to the brand ever since.

  • EM

    I came across a list recently that was similar to Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style. This one was by Tom Ford: The Essentials. It was specifically for men, but I thought it was just as relevant for women, too! I am a big fan of having just a few investment pieces that you can build upon.

  • marinacasapu

    changing every day is an American thing, here clothes are much affordable. In Europe every piece is an investment, and you know you are going to wear it a lot.
    http://www.live-love-fashion.com

    • EM

      I disagree. I do agree that the frequent change of outfits IS an American thing, and we all know how chic and effortless Parisian women make wearing the same thing for a week+ look, but cheap clothes can be found everywhere, in Europe, too. Just how costly investment pieces can be found all over the U.S. Not to mention that most people, in my opinion, whether in the US or Europe, get almost everything online — from your Zara purchases to your net-a-porter — the internet has definitely created a level playing field.

      • marinacasapu

        ok , let me explain you in another way. Yes, everybody buys online, but the prices are the same whenever you buy it from the States or Ukraine. A median american household makes around $46,000, while in my country just $1,600. So, what is cheap for you is an investment for me.

  • http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/ Nomadic D.

    True dat. My husband keeps looking at me all confused, head cocked at an angle when I show him a new purchase. “Don’t you already own that?” he’ll say. Well, kind of, only slightly different. Different enough that I feel different, but not so different that anyone else would notice. And that’s pretty much ok with me. Once you find what works for you, and not necessarily what looks best, but what makes you feel best, why wouldn’t you want to wear it all the time? I’ll never be able to have one of those sparse minimalist hyper-curated closets that people cultivate, I just like clothes and shopping way too much, but I get the concept, and apply it in my own way…

    http://www.nomadicd.com

  • http://ofstrangersensibilities.blogspot.com/ Joy Of Stranger Sensibilities

    i truly feel the uniform is the way to go and consistency wins over peacocking for the sake of peacocking!

  • http://twitter.com/looksharpWI Look Sharp Sconnie

    Unless I followed you on Instagram, I’d find this claim kind of hard to believe. Your blog posts would have us believe that you dress eccentrically on the reg.

    I am, however, obsessed with you – so I see through a filtered lens your repetitive tendencies , and double-click-heart-them instinctively.

    Like most here probably do, I find it refreshing that your style can be at once so unique AND so real.
    :)

    • Kate

      She did not write this post.

      • http://twitter.com/looksharpWI Look Sharp Sconnie

        oops.
        thx for the heads up. obviously mine wasn’t.

  • Alice

    Parisienne of origin, I was absolutely shocked when I saw the closet of my first American friend (I moved to NY a year ago). It was so big and loaded with unremarkable pieces. In Paris, (fashionable) girls have a few expensive great pieces that we genuinly love. I never had a 5-door closet and it makes dressing so easily

    • http://twitter.com/thecreativebent Swati Ailawadi

      I am obsessed with dressing up like Parisiennes ( and everything Paris basically ) Reading your comment here makes me want to throw off some garbage from my closet. But if not with clothes, when it comes to shoes I only own a few pairs that I absolutely love :)

    • Performance and Cocktails

      I had the same reaction when I moved to the US. All the houses we looked at to buy, the bedrooms had dozens of jeans and t-shirts all piled up. I had never seen a person of 14 or 18 have so many clothes!

      http://www.performanceandcocktails.com

    • http://twitter.com/BikePretty Melissa, BikePretty

      Meh, it’s pretty easy to shock a Parisienne.

    • HolaPandora

      Ha, you should check out rich mexican’s girls closets,

    • Helen Anna

      Well said – I think this is the key to looking chic at all times. Minimal amounts of really good quality clothing that makes your heart happy, not mountains of tat that will fall apart after a season.

  • Heather P.

    I know the feeling. I was like that in high school too, except that I didn’t have the money to own that many clothes, and still at that point refused to wear skirts, so I got as creative as I could. Still ended up looking like a typical Midwestern high school student – jeans, some kind of tshirt or Gap sweater, sneakers. I’m still on the hunt for these “classics” everyone talks about, but being only 5’3″ and a little chunky, even hunting for a trench coat is a nightmare. Don’t even get me started on dress pants…they all either make me look fat or pregnant…which might have more to do with my love of carbs than the pants themselves. :-)

    http://www.fancyalterego.wordpress.com

  • mercergirl

    I live my life in some form of uniform and ironically I own a clothing store…..it is so easy to put on one of my 3 favorite jeans, and some version of a stripe shirt and a navy cashmere sweater. Because I have to have some pulic presence I just change up the scarf or shoes, repurposed for the day. Uniform dressing is the key to sanity for me. I feel successful if I’ve thrown my outfit together in 5 minutes. Which is pretty easy to do if the core of it is still thrown over the side of the tub from the day before!

  • imareadyou

    Re black flats: repetto?

    • Bird

      Agreed! Repetto flats are by far the best flats I’ve ever owned.

  • Lydia Armstrong

    It’s your blog, and obvi you can do what you want, but I follow Man Repeller because I’m interested in your (Leandra’s) point of view. I generally skim over posts written by other people like this one. Also, we miss seeing more of your fashion.

    • http://www.EatStylePlay.com/ Eat.Style.Play

      i have to agree, i love the new direction because i’m becoming more and more fond of blogs that actually have writing instead of just pictures, but i miss the layering post, and fashion post in general.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paula.mcclelland1984 Paula McClelland

    Up untill 3 months ago I did actually wear a uniform (bakers Whites) but I changed into said uniform at work, so to and from I would wear any crazy combo that took my fancy. Although I agree with Tim Gunn about making a few pieces sing as opposed to a lot of pieces… fart? I tend toward the louder, brighter… I do not own a white shirt (it’s been on the list for years) or a pair of plain black flats – I don’t own any plain shoes – they’re all Loud as f**k. I think there is a place for everyone in the greater spectrum of style – and you definitely don’t need to wear a different outfit everyday or own 15 slogan t-shirts #barfs. Thanks for posting this MR – when I read it wasn’t written by you but this Mattie Kahn I thought ‘skip it’, but it was quite a thoughtful piece. Keep it up girl.

    <3 Paula

  • http://twitter.com/jess_stensrud Jessica Stensrud

    That is funny/so true. I love this story. I, too, was a little delusional about clothes thanks to Clueless and Clarissa Explains it All.

    http://thechicaddict.blogspot.com

  • The Stylist

    word! I wear the same clothes all the time because I feel good in them and they’re all my favorite pieces.

  • French Door

    I for one think it’s very big of you to introduce writers who are just as good as you are. I think you should do more of that!

  • Guest

    In the fashion world I think we all get a little caught up in striving to be unique and

  • Anna Howe

    In the fashion world I think we all get a little caught up in striving to be new and fresh and unique. And in sight of all that, we get lost in who we really are: the styles we like and feel comfortable in are no longer a part of us, and we get trapped in a Catch-22 of trying to be the next icon in fashion. But, if everyone stuck to their own personal uniform, I think uniqueness would (ironically) be much more widespread.

  • http://twitter.com/catfishcaviar Drew Elizabeth

    Yes! All throughout high school I looked up to Alicia Silverstone and thought that wearing the same outfit more than twice was SO UNCOOL..Now I sport the same black skinny jeans at least 3 times a week and have a handful of over-sized sweaters that I seriously live in.

  • Ashley Garner

    I absolutely loved this article! It was so relatable, I started telling my boyfriend how I think this author is my soul-sister as I remember having the exact same experiences in my high school years (except mine was after I had attended a uniform school for 3 years so there was a bit more rebellion mixed in). None the less these are the type of articles that blogs should be making more of. In some way or another all of us can relate to it, you are discussing your love of clothing deeper than the materialism of it, (although there is clearly some materialism to it but we’ll try to ignore that for now), and you even go deeper into it by explaining the cause and effects of these choices you made. I could go on but I’ll cut it short and just say fucking fantastic, really.
    http://www.elegantidiosyncrasy.com

  • Michaela

    Dress pants…ew. I’ll take harem pants any day.

  • lavieenliz

    I’m such a creature of habit. I have a uniform. black.

    check out Vegan leather on my blog today!

    http://lavieenliz.com

  • Random

    owning so much clothing but managing to “always kind of look the same” is what make up your sense of style. You’re awesome

  • DefensiveMidfielder

    black skinnies, a military parka and a white boyfriend tee has been my uniform the entire year, now its summer down here and im freaking out, not a clue of what to wear!

    FashionDefensiveMidfield

    • http://www.EatStylePlay.com/ Eat.Style.Play

      Can you put some boots over the same outfit? I wear that all the time, except i have a puffer coat for the winter time.

  • Felicity

    I have an obsession with scarves too – I recently had to flog a load of them on eBay because it was all getting a bit ridiculous (promptly went out and bought more. Obviously.). I often wear the same jumper several days in a row – if it ain’t dirty then it’s fine! I think we all develop obsessions with certain items of clothing and end up wanting to wear them all the time. That’s proof of a good purchase right thur. x
    that-bird.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://twitter.com/StyledbySheena Sheena Kali

    I love Doug’s Outfit!

    http://www.styledbysheena.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/alysha.maiorelli Alysha Maiorelli Wyrauch

    In the winter, in NYC, I live in flannel, jeans, and boots. Deviation is seldom.

    • http://www.lucidnewyork.com HandmadeJewelrybyLucid

      Yes, same thing here. I basically have to remember to dress somewhat stylish in the winter or just escape the NY winter. Greetings from Mexico btw lol ;-)

      http://lucidnewyork.com

  • Jamie

    Love this! Especially love the Doug picture, haha! I too had an obsession with Alicia Silverstone, but if I had to maintain that level of shopping now I’d pass out from exhaustion. Great post!

    xo,

    Jamie

    http://www.inspirationlush.com

  • http://twitter.com/AleeeMarr Alejandra

    I just found the perfect black flats.. Well perfect black flats for spring. Too bad I couldn’t afford 4 pairs yet begged my parents to buy me one. (All black Chanel leather Espadrilles)

  • http://www.facebook.com/flo.labrado Flo LaBrado

    Uniforms are a sign of refined style and sense of self. We know what we like and what feels right. I don’t mean that not having a uniform means style is lacking but having one is one of the indicators of style.

  • http://twitter.com/MarceSciacca Marce Sciaccaluga

    great post!

  • Quinn

    I fucking love Doug Funnie! This makes me love you even more.

  • Jennifer

    I am all about the uniform and remixing!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

  • april

    i love Mattie Kahn’s articles! keep em coming :)

    http://www.indecentxposure.com/dropyourskirt

  • Inez An

    Your writing makes me realize I still have so much to learn when it comes to writing in English (I’m not a native speaker). I can form sentences and even generate meaning with them (wow!), but I just cannot under any circumstances make anyone enjoy reading ‘me’ as much as I just enjoyed reading ‘you’!

    Standing ovation! ;)

    NOMADISMBYINE.BLOGSPOT.COM

  • jduradis

    mattie, i really liked this post.

    Thank you

  • when we wander

    To me, that’s the best. To buy a piece that you just don’t want to take off, like ever. And I am in no way ashamed to wear an amazing sweater three days in a row. A uniform in school certainly would’ve made my mornings (and my mom’s) way more bearable.

    http://www.whenwewander.blogspot.com

  • Christina Honan

    I love this! I always joke about how when I was young and in uniform-wearing Catholic school years, I always wanted to wear something different every day. Then I graduated to college and real life only to find myself wearing different versions of essentially the same outfit for entire seasons. Such is life.

  • http://newbornfanatic.wordpress.com/ Newborn Fanatic

    hah me too! still don’t own dress pants but painstakingly searching for one…i think it would probably help to try them on instead of scouring the internet. :P and i’m applauding to your knit collection. trying to start my baby knit collection with an american apparel sweater. :)

    http://newbornfanatic.wordpress.com/

  • laura

    it happens the same to me, and i swear, i do bath everyday! but when i fall in love with one piece it goes on and on and on for days… like the jean vest and ferragamo flats last summer, or the plaid green shirt this winter. and with the jeans: i felt offended when my (judgmental) aunt ask me why on earth i had only 5 jeans. i was like: i don’t even have time to wear them all :-|

  • Kelley

    I think it’s funny to see how many people here forgot to even read the name listed under this amazingly written piece. Leandra did not write this.

  • yourname

    lol at your writing skills. seriously, no need to throw big words!

    • Lydia Armstrong

      I agree–the overuse of fanciful language was distracting to me. Sometimes the best writing is the most simple, and more about how you put the words together than about how big they are.

    • anonymoose

      You could go start your own blog where you write in small words so everyone can understand!

    • Felicity

      BIG WORDS? How old are you, twelve?!

      • Lydia Armstrong

        It’s not that the words are “big” in size or hard to understand, it’s that this written seemed to me to be more focused on finding the most complicated/colorful/fanciful/etc way of saying something for the simple purpose of flexing her vocabulary. Her ideas felt a little lost in the language (to me) and I felt like she came across as an amateur writer who is still trying to sound a certain way instead of using simpler language in a well-written way. Having a big vocabulary and throwing it around does not make you a great writer.

        • http://twitter.com/MaggieH25 Maggie H

          Exactly!!! My head was spinning from how many SAT words she was trying to stuff into one sentence. Simplify, girl!

    • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

      Can you help us find these big words? I have to take the SAT in March and I’m sure they’d be of much use.

  • http://scattergirll.blogspot.com/ Sophie Lewis

    I have always wanted a kind of uniformity in m wardrobe, and yet I cannot seem to find a personal style direction on which to base said uniform. I feel like everyday I dress like a different person, which I used to kind of like, because it was fun and new, but now I find it to be far too difficult and complicated. I hope to one day find a signiture style like you. xx

    Ps. Those I <3 Camp shirts are still being worn at my school when spring fever hits, and its somewhat frightening to know they still exist! Mine are all in a box in my basement, forever preserved and treasured by my mother.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kristy.reive Dandy Moon

    If outfit repetition is good enough for the French it’s good enough for me.

  • Dandy

    If outfit repetition is good enough for the french it’s good enough for me!

  • annacrook

    check sam edelman for black flats. felicia’s.

  • http://twitter.com/ErinGlabby Erin Michelle

    I love the idea of creating a consistent look and distinct sense of style, even though a ton of pieces :). And I may not wear a different outfit every day, but I do have a planning system a la Cher.

    -Erin-

    OneTwoSummer

  • Malibu PR Gal

    I’m with you, especially when it’s summer here in Malibu – I don’t even want to think about how many times in week I repeat the white tank, cut-off Levi’s, Havianas and oodles of local jeweler Heather Gardner’s beautiful boho jewelry. Simple, easy, classic. If it ain’t broke – don’t fix it!

  • disqus_7boc5jSuvI

    i just featured you on my blog :) would love for you to check it out

    xx

    http://spoonfulofdiamonds.blogspot.com
    http://www.facebook.com/SpoonfulOfDiamonds

  • Zoe

    Less is so more. hashtag parisian also.

  • Jen

    Great post. I recently wrote a bit about this on my blog – I find most of these lists of basics or staples pretty boring (what, no porcupine beaded shirt?? no sequin and leather paneled pants?) Granted, my approach to dressing could be considered by some to be (for the most part) pretty bland, too – but it works for me!

    (Btw, I’m about twice your age and most of your followers (I’m assuming anyway!) but I am nonetheless thoroughly entertained by your posts and the comments. I recently started my own blog (which is mostly fashion-focused but I also like to write about other things, like fitness, relationships, parenting, etc.) and am always inspired by the quality and variety of your content, not to mention your courage, sense of humor, and all around positive spirit. Kudos and keep it up!)

    http://www.stylecue.com

  • http://lesingleblog.blogspot.ca/ Autumn

    Love this and one hundred percent agree.

  • Annie

    So pleased to read a well written article for a change, one that cares about content and style, especially all the “big words.” Clothes have always been important to me, for better or worse. In 7th grade (1975) I wore the same printed pants, navy blazer and red Chuck Taylor’s every day for months, I had other things, but I just “really, really, really liked my” outfit!

  • Arielle

    inspired

  • Laura

    wait leandra didnt write this?

  • HilaryR

    Whenever I’m chided for wearing the same thing (usually my wonderfully large full body encompassing grey scarf), I respond to the heckler by telling them that they’ve clearly never experienced true love with an article of clothing. If they had they would have never been able to not wear it multiple (every) days in a row. And that is why I love this post.

  • thechicndamned

    I think everyone, at some point in their youth, has trod down the “the more outfits, the better” path. I find that it’s only recently that I’ve realised how precious it is to have a signature style. How much effort it takes to look homogeneous, not with the crowd but with past you and future you. That’s probably why French women always get such a good reputation for being stylish without gaudy. I can’t wait for the day I find my signature style.

    x karen
    http://www.thechicndamned.blogspot.com

  • http://stylewildblog.com/ Amber Callanan

    Love hearing from Mattie! In terms of the debate going on here in the comments, I’ve always wanted to dress like a Parisian- to have that small collection of quality items that can be mixed and matched over and over, but when it comes time to invest in that great wool coat or that perfect pair of black jeans I can’t seem to justify spending the amount of money a quality item asks for. I alway think, ‘why buy just one item with this money when I can go to a cheap chainstore and buy 20?’ which is what I always end up doing, and regretting, yet I still haven’t learnt my lesson.

    http://www.stylewild.org

  • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

    First off, thanks for another well-written
    essay, Mattie Kahn.

    You’ve explored something
    interesting that has been a sort of personal battle over the past few months.
    I, too, was in a similar situation in which I was coming from a place where I
    couldn’t repeat my billowy peasant dress more than once every two weeks. And at
    points, although that more flamboyant style was (and is – somewhere) my genuine
    look, the simplicity and concept of a uniform became increasingly alluring. For
    one, I had always admired the ladies of French Vogue: they’ve become nothing
    less than icons for my personal style and overall aspiration for a cool factor.
    That being said, I felt the only way to achieve said factor was to cut out the
    flower crowns and print mixing – at least for the time being. At first such
    simplicity seemed rather temporary, something I’d get bored with easily. Then
    it started to make feel better than the previous outfits. Nevertheless, an
    internal conflict arose: which one was me? Did I have to choose? Can I be both?

    It ultimately led me to the
    conclusion that personal style and the uniform will land somewhere in between
    the two extremes that one’s style fluctuates towards. And while I’m enjoying
    the black jeans, navy pullover fisherman’s sweaters and Nike Blazers (or other
    assorted sneakers), a flower crown is sure to pop up in that mix. And I think
    my uniform will culminate in the abyss I once rendered a disastrous buffer
    zone. We are versatile creatures. And what’s more? We can contradict that
    statement by making such versatility our uniform. The same but different, you
    know?

  • work wear Australia

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  • Nina

    I love uniforms. At 25, I finally feel I’ve found MY style. I love being understated chic (never loud as in high funny heels, statement jewellery or bright colors), classy and comfortable. I go for rather expensive key items that goes with basically everything in my closet. Some think my style is quite conservative, and I like being predictable in my outfits – they feel very “me” and I seldom shop any more, I stick to my wish list and save for the few pieces I see as essential for me. On my list at the moment is: black T by AW skirt, black Repetto flats and black loafers, if I find a pair that I like. That’s a lot of black, ha ha. My latest purchase is a Barbour Bedale jacket which is PERFECT and timeless, a piece I know I’ll wear forever which makes me love it even more.

  • Nicole Greentree

    Personally, I don’t want to look the same all the time. I like to feel different on some days and I dress to suit my mood. There is a variety of items in my closet and I don’t have many that are the same: I have three pairs of jeans and they look completely different to each other: skinny, boyfriend, coloured. I feel like I would get bored looking the same but only miniscule-ly different every day.

  • http://twitter.com/PrimpedandPrime Sharon Jiang

    ‘I just really, really, really liked my sweater.’

    Amen to that!! I’m exactly the same. When I wear a something more than once in a row, it’s not because I’m not bothered to pick out a new outfit, it’s just I really really like that particular something (denim shirt) … or it’s new and the freshness makes me wanna wear it to death.

    http://primpedandprimed.blogspot.com.au/

  • http://bulkmarketplaza.com/ Bulkmarketplaza

    I love the classic white tees a lot…

    petfinder

  • Annie

    I love this so much! It is so much like my sense of style. I went through exactly the same ‘I will not repeat an outfit stage’. I now have my style and many variations on my main style. This made for such a great read though!
    http://livinglikeannie.wordpress.com

  • Léa

    I am also interested in the recycling aspect of one’s wardrobe.. Do you store things in the hope of their victorious return? do you toss stuff / donate? I am always troubled with this issue, I often find myself missing for the sweater I gave away eons ago.

  • Miranda

    Great article. I would make my entire closet consist of Vince if I could.

  • http://nicola-lynde.blogspot.dk/ nicola lynde

    My style has two distinct phases, before Copenhagen (B.C. if you will) and after. Once exactly as you described, obsessed with newness, fullness and general clothing gluttony, my wardrobe was bursting at the seams. And I’ve lugged all of it between five different countries over the past eight or so years…. Now having moved into the very centre of simplistic design I own a quarter of what I used to (all of it double the quality) and am completely fine wearing these same basics over and over again. I don’t need to reinvent myself everyday and find ease in a wardrobe that works together and well overall just works.

  • rafaellomyles

    I really liked this post. I realized that I have so much to learn when it comes to writing such big content. Really loved reading this article.

    http://blackanismo.blogspot.com/

  • Alice

    Thank-you, you have just helped me justify to myself buying a second pair of black skinny jeans! (you know, for when my other pair gets too stretched out, and so I have to wash them less often and they last longer!)

  • simona nepomnyashcha

    Black flat?…. Chloe Knot Heel Flat.. great staple :)

  • simona nepomnyashcha

    Black flat?… Chloe Knot Heel Flat.. great staple :)

  • Amanda GREY

    I have a TON of clothes i don’t wear. I keep wearing the pieces i feel the most “me”.
    I tend to buy a lot of the “same” type of pieces… Uniforms definitely rule my dressing choices.

  • Sara N.

    Yeah, sometimes I find for myself that having a personal style blog must seem redundant – because I too am always in my uniform: black t-shirt, black jeans, black boots. Usually different ones, but generally the same. For my birthday last year, my friends came to my party dressed in “the Sara uniform” as my surprise birthday gift?

    stylesaranwrapped.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/Hudanerdy Nur Huda Khamis

    I love you.

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