It’s a given that a busy style-conscious Bostonian would want to know as many ways as possible to put together chic outfits without having to devote a ton of time or thought to it every single day. If this is something you’re interested in, you may find it useful to create a sort of uniform for yourself, a habitual style of dressing that you can rely on to always make you look and feel good. Don’t let the word “uniform” throw you, though. Many people are afraid that if they wear “the same thing” too often, people will notice and think they are uncreative dressers who don’t have a large enough wardrobe to be considered stylish. Well, always remember that the amount of clothes you own has nothing to do with how chic you are! Quite the contrary, often the people whose style we admire most, such as many European manners of dressing, and built around the idea of working only with a small number of quality items. And those items certainly don’t have to be wildly different from each other. What body type looks good in every single cut and shape that’s out there? Fashion designer Carolina Herrera is known for her frequent wearing of crisp, perfectly cut white blouses, and no one for a moment criticizes her for not having variety in her wardrobe. Instead she is lauded for knowing just the right way to present herself that she always looks chic, put-together, and true to herself. You are much more likely to consistently flatter your figure if you stick to the style you know you like on yourself and stock up your wardrobe on those pieces.
Your uniform must work with your sense of style as well as the demands of your life. So ask yourself, what sort of cuts do you like? What colors do you enjoy wearing and brighten up your skin tone when you do? What would be good styles to wear to suit the needs of your everyday life? Maybe you think fitted jewel-tone sweaters with three-quarter sleeves and elegant v-necks look good on you. Maybe it’s sharp button-downs in subtle stripes, or printed wrap dresses with a knee-length hem. Buy multiples of these in various colors or patterns to easily mix and match. Whatever it is, if you keep lots of these in your closet, you will have lots of easy-to-pair pieces that you know you can rely on to make you look the way you want to. And it’s not like you can’t throw other styles into the rotation if it strikes your fancy; having a lot of a reliable staple on hand just means that if you’re stumped for a new look that will work on you, a tried-and-true flattering option will always be available. Creating a uniform is not supposed to bland up your look, but rather give you a distinctive way to express your tastes and make daily stylishness as easy as possible.