Ever wonder why some women ALWAYS look so put together -- like they magically walked off the cover of a magazine? I am going to let you in on a little secret... it’s because they are probably wearing their personal uniform. From Anna Wintour to Victoria Beckman to Jennifer Aniston, the most stylish women in the world create their own style uniform and stick to it. Having a uniform doesn’t mean that your closet contains 10 pairs of black jeans and 8 white button-down shirts. What it means is that you keep it simple, know what styles flatter your body type, what color palette works for you, and what makes you feel good about yourself.
Here are 3 key things to consider when creating your personal uniform:
- Select a silhouette that reflects your personality. If you are a very feminine person, perhaps you gravitate towards skirts and dresses. If you are a bit edgier, leather pants or bold prints might be the cornerstones of your silhouette. And if you are more athletic, leggings and oversized tops are your go-to’s.
- Choose what color palette works for you based on your skin tone. Just about everyone can wear black, but adding color to your uniform based on your skin tone helps to ensure you don’t look like you are wearing the same thing every day.
- Evaluate your body shape. Ask yourself what is most flattering on your body, and use that as the starting place to build your uniform. Perhaps it’s a pencil skirt or skinny jeans -- whatever it is, use that as the foundation and add complimentary pieces to it.
It’s never too late to create your own uniform, and your uniform can evolve as you age and your lifestyle changes. My current winter uniform is any variation of a jumpsuit in a neutral color paired with either a tennis shoe or a bootie. Since I am in my store most days, I need outfits that don’t take a lot of effort, yet still look stylish. A jumpsuit paired with fun shoes allows me to look professional while at the same time affords me the comfortability I need to be active on the sales floor. As summer rolls in, my uniform will likely change to a pencil skirt paired with a tailored tee shirt and fun sandals.
If you are interested in creating a uniform and need some advice, please come see us at Shoe Fly. The team and I are always eager to chat about style!