Most of us have had the what-to-wear experience in the morning. You stare at your closet looking for inspiration. And then, if you’re like me, your eyes dart over to that pile of clean clothes fresh from the laundry. You think: I really should hang those up at some point. But really you have no time for distractions. You’re five minutes late getting into the shower, which means you’ll only have five minutes to waste time reading your bath product labels again (I can’t be the only one that does this). So instead of making a decision about your outfit, you head into the shower to kill two birds with one stone. But when you emerge fresh and clean, your mind still isn’t made up, so you grab what you know works because there’s no time for experimentation.
This happens to me almost every morning, except on the days when I’ve been proactive the night before and actually put together my outfit. I usually settle on what I’ve dubbed my style uniform: skinny jeans, one of two blazers, a long sleeve turtleneck, heels, and sometimes a vest. (See what I mean here.) I wouldn’t say I’m in a rut with my preppy look because it works and usually has at least one edgy element. For instance, I’ve been known to substitute the jeans for a leather mini skirt. And accessories, like belts, jewelry, and scarves, can totally alter an outfit from one day to the next.
But sometimes I feel a little bored and imagine that my coworkers feel the same way. (By the way, no one has said anything to me in this regard, and I also realize that The Frisky staffers are way too busy to really care what I’m wearing on a daily basis, but still … ) [For the record, yes, *I* feel the same way. And I always notice what you're wearing, Annika! -- Editor] So from now on, I’m challenging myself to step one foot outside my uniform box, while sticking to a look that works for me and that I love. I’ll achieve this goal by taking rarely worn garments out of their hiding places, making that much-needed trip to the dry cleaner, and sorting through my stash of accessories so I know what it’s lacking. Then, I won’t feel as if I’m wearing the same five outfits every week. I’d like to say that I will plan what I’m wearing ahead of time, but I know I’m not that person.
Do you have a style uniform? And, if you do, how do you keep it looking fresh?