Still searching for your fashion identity? You may not know it, but through the years, you may have already gotten comfortable with a certain look. This is actually the reason why you have favorite clothes that you feel safe and attractive in all the time — what is normally referred to as your “style uniform.”
Ultimately, a style uniform enables you to show the world who you are, seamlessly and quickly. Whether you feel the most comfortable in a tee and jeans, or when dressed up in a feminine blouse and skirt, whatever pairing allows you to feel like your authentic self should be your go-to uniform. But it can still be challenging if you haven’t really found yours, so here are three points to consider in creating your own style uniform — just like international models and talents have discovered theirs through the years.
1. What is a personal uniform and why is it a genius idea?
A style uniform is basically a clothing ensemble that works best for you – not just concerning fashion but also your particular lifestyle. Over time, it becomes part of your identity because it’s what you frequently wear, hence, its name in the fashion industry is the “signature look.”
It is a genius idea to have a style uniform because it can greatly simplify your life, as you don’t have to overthink your outfit each morning, and every time you need get ready for an event. When you have a personal style uniform, you know that every item hanging in your closet is what you love and will happily wear, and that everything will pair well together.By curating your wardrobe in this manner, you are allowing yourself to focus on quality and not on seasonal trends that come and go. This method of shopping enables you to spend more on fewer, higher quality pieces which will serve you for a long time and impressively well. Over time, your wardrobe will only be filled with key classic pieces, making you less inclined to purchase “fast fashion” which can often be a waste of money.
2. How do you define and develop your personal style?
Developing your personal style takes some practice, and a bit of a rebellious streak to step back from your usual influences (from fashion magazines to Pinterest boards) so you can really consider what will work best for you. Professional stylists offer these three tips for developing your personal style uniform.
Set a budget
First and foremost, before you enter any store, make sure you have set a realistic and reasonable budget. Committing to a personal style means that you probably will be getting a couple of new pieces each season to update your basics at home. This doesn’t mean going out and buying a whole new wardrobe, but instead mindfully adding select pieces to your collection.
Consider the aesthetics
Most of the time, a personal style uniform will be made up of neutral colors such as black, white, cream, beige and tan. This is because you can pair them with each other (and with most other colors) and they always look fresh, chic and elegant. If your aesthetic standards do include a bit of color, consider purchasing a red bag to add a pop to your more neutral outfits.
List down your staple pieces
One of the primary purposes of having a style uniform is that it should support and represent your lifestyle. So before committing to purchasing anything, make a list of your staple pieces that you know you need or want for your daily life. Consider color, fit and material, as well as your personal values. And with this list in hand, you can go forth and… shop! In fact, you probably already subconsciously have a large number of your favorite pieces. Whether you have an overabundance of funky and playful streetwear, if you see a pattern in your wardrobe, you most likely already have the base of a uniform.
3. Shopping tips
Look for comfort, flexibility and quality
When you are out shopping for your capsule wardrobe, keep in mind your lifestyle and what pieces will work with it. If you sit at an office desk all day or run around after children, you are going to require different types of wardrobes. Your uniform should fuse style, comfort and functionality.
Opt to invest in higher quality versions of your signature style pieces, as they will be worn more often than other items in your closet. You will also need quality pieces that can deal with frequent wear.Start small Brainstorm for outfits that you would like to wear at any given time, and then write them down in the notes section of your cell phone. By starting with a piece or an outfit that you feel terrific in (as if you were ready to find a modeling job), you will know what you love, and then from there, you can buy more of it or expand upon it.
A personal style uniform is not for everybody. But if you’re the type of person who operates better by not having to stress over what you are dressing yourself in, then this is unquestionably an excellent solution to attempt.
Start small for a couple of seasons, and see how you enjoy it. Always remember to embrace who you are, but don’t be afraid to look for a little inspiration.
Jessicka Bell co-founded the AgenC, one of the leading model/talent agencies in the Middle East, in 2014. After just three years in the market, the AgenC now works with most (if not all) of the heavy hitters in media and fashion, as well as represents over 1,000 talents ranging from international models through to cast, kids, creatives and photographers.