School kids are sorted for their daily outfits thanks to a uniform. But that doesn’t mean we can’t do the same…well not exactly the same unless you follow in the footsteps of Steve Jobs (Denim jeans + black polo neck + white sneakers= repeat 7 days). But then you probably wouldn’t be reading this blog.
So what do I mean by a uniform? I worked for KingGee for 11 years; designing, developing product, tendering & supplying a variety of uniforms, that at their core created mini-wardrobes for each employee. And whilst I am not suggesting you start looking up workwear and uniform stockists, I am suggesting you borrow the concept to help you dress for your daily activity, be that working at home or for a business.
Firstly, find your ‘look’ by reflecting on your personality and your lifestyle needs. One simple way to uncover that look is to think of your favourite outfit to wear. What label is the dress/jean/blouse/shirt? Then look up that label’s website and check out the lookbook section. What do you like? What don’t you like? Screen shot your favourites. Then check-out other similar brands’ lookbooks and screenshot your favourites.
Here are some lookbooks that might inspire you: Stella Jean , Country Road, Gorman, Trenery, Sass & Bide, Moss and Spy, Aje, Camilla & Marc, David Lawrence, Bianca Spender, Ginger & Smart, & Manning Cartel.
Put all your screen shots on your screen. Can you see a pattern? Do you like what you see and do these outfits suit you and your lifestyle? Yes? You have found the starting point to your uniform.
From all the shots can you pick out 3 bottoms (pant, skirt, short), 3 tops (blouse, shirt, t-shirt), or 3 dresses and 3 secondary tops (jacket, coat, jumper)? Now do you have these items in your wardrobe? Pull them out and play dress-up. If you are missing a piece, this is the one to buy.
Getting dressed should be easy, I hope this helps to make it so.