At one time in my life, I was quite obsessed with never wearing the same outfit twice. This lasted a brief two years as I realized it was not only timely to maintain but also costly, even if I limited myself to thrift store and resale shops. I felt that in order to save money, time and effort, I had to break up with fashion – but while pouring over my favorite fashion blogs and magazines, I realized I was wrong. Fashion and I could still be best friends.
Instead of taking my fashion advice from models, heiresses, and actresses – I decided to move up the chain and take advice from the people who were really in charge – artists and fashion designers. I quickly noticed a trend among the creative and the genius – they didn’t feel the need to be on trend every second. Indeed, some of these big dogs have been wearing a version of the SAME OUTFIT since 1965.
Let us begin with one of the biggest powerhouses in fashion: Karl Lagerfeld. Has anyone ever seen him without his signature suit jacket and tie? I’m thinking he was born in this outfit and will most certainly be buried in it. While Karl is definitely a controversial figure in regards to some of his opinions on beauty (that I don’t agree with), he is at the top of the Fashion Food Chain and I’m down with his look.
Yoko Ono has been wearing a version of the suit and fedora/boater hat since she came on the scene in the 60s. Forty years later, she is still rocking this look. It seems to work for every occasion – a walk in the park, a visit to a gallery, stage performances, etc.
Donatella Versace, easily one of the most recognizable people in fashion. While she doesn’t have a super strict uniform, she is usually wearing some form of the little black dress.
Frida Kahlo frequently wore traditional Mexican dress.
Other people who have successfully created their own uniform: Carrie Donovan, Steve Jobs, Andy Warhol, Mark Zuckerburg, Marc Jacobs, Carolina Herrerra.
All of these people who wear the uniform have become comfortable in who they are and how they want the world to see them – not only that, but they’ve also moved on from the shallow consumption of trends to something more concrete and meaningful in fashion and in life: individuality.
What to consider when constructing your uniform:
- What do I want to convey? Show the world who you are through your clothes.
- What items do I already have that I love wearing? Use what you already have and love. If you find yourself wearing the same pair of jeans day in and day out, start with those and work your way up from there.
- Can I easily take this look from day to night? Would switching out your shoes instantly upgrade the look? While not necessary, it is a plus.
- Accessorize. Yes, I’m advocating minimalism – but you need some bomb accessories to make your look legitimate. Take Karl for example. His necklaces and dark sunglasses definitely ramp up the suit.
- Flatter yourself. Wear what you love and what you think flatters your color, your shape, and your personality.
What’s been my uniform as of late? Gray drawstring pants, moccasins, loose white crop, and a poncho. Albeit, I have three ponchos at this point to mix it up a little, but I don’t have to think about getting dressed when leaving the house. What am I conveying with this look? Comfort and a definite attitude of DILIGAF. At this point in my life, other things have become more important than constantly worrying that I’ve worn the same outfit two days in a row.
Don’t break up with fashion- break up with waste.