Style Tips: Creating a Uniform

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When you read this post's title, you probably instantly thought of plaid skirts and polo shirts, right? While I wore a similar uniform from 6th grade on, that's not the kind of uniform I'm talking about today.

I love being super-creative with my wardrobe as much as (okay, probably more than) the next girl, but sometimes I just don't have time (or the energy) to put together a completely new look each day. This is where my uniform comes in. In the fall, my "everyday" uniform consists of skinny jeans, tall boots, a button up, and a blazer or a leather jacket, top, tights, black skirt, and ankle booties. In the summer, I tend to stick with sundresses belted at the waist with flat sandals or wedges.

Here are my rules for creating your own uniform:

-The uniform should be occasion appropriate for your lifestyle. I work at home or in coffee shops, so I can get away with wearing casual clothes, but if you spend 5/7 days in an office, you may need your uniform to consist of pencil skirts and pumps.

-You should feel absolutely great in your uniform. You want this to be a flattering look, and something you can throw on in a few minutes and not think about it. Play up your figure's positives, and downplay your features that you're not as crazy about. Take your clothes to a tailor to get perfect fitting pants and really does make a huge difference.

-When you're shopping, always be on the lookout for the components of your uniform. For instance, if J.Crew's Perfect Shirt fits you perfectly, know your sizes. It's much easier to score uniform pieces on sale if you know what you're looking for and what size you wear. Chances are that if you reach for the exact same button down three times a week, you'd probably be smart to buy it in duplicates or in a rainbow of colors.

-Having a uniform does NOT mean wearing the same 4 things over and over. That's just boring. Sub in regular blue jeans for a pair in a bright hue, dress up a silk top with a fun statement necklace, and switch up the shoes if you're feeling bored. A uniform is a great starting place to branch out from. If you feel great about the main pieces in your outfit, you'll feel more confident in trying out new trends or colors that might otherwise hide in the back of your closet.

Shop some of my favorite uniform staples here: (click through to see the slideshow if you're reading in Google Reader!)


  1. For the record, I'm obsessed with the J. Crew Schoolboy blazer. It is so darling. I totally agree; everyone should have a go-to outfit that they feel good in. Mine is skinny jeans, boots, a pretty top, and a cardigan. Easy, practical, and pretty!
    xo Josie

  2. I love the idea of a "uniform." Having good style is about knowing what looks good on you, and rolling with it. Mine is skinny jeans + ankle boots + tunics or a slightly oversized top. I just change the type of top or the type of shoe with the season, and it works. Great tip about knowing your sizes and purchasing on sale to fit in with your uniform - would certainly keep you from buying pieces that you end up regretting!