Creating a Uniform for Yourself
Although your work place may not have a specific dress code, creating a uniform for yourself can make it easier for you to choose your outfit in the morning, always look professional during work hours and transform your outfit to suit your evening plans.
To build this simplified wardrobe you will need to starts with smart key pieces. These will help you dress up or down by creating your look around them. You are not limited to what you want these items to be, choose from trousers, skirts, jumpsuits, dresses or suits. I personally love a pinafore style jumpsuit. It's an amazing item is very easy worn as office wear with a blue 90’s Calvin Klein skirt or party outfit with a stripe off shoulder crop top and a sparkly choker.
The important things to keep in mind when choosing your key items are :
Comfort - this is a piece of clothing you'll keep on all day. Make sure that the item is very comfortable and easy to move around in.
Good quality - it goes along with the point above. Generally speaking, better quality clothing will fit to your body a lot better and allow you to keep comfort. These don't necessarily have to be very expensive, plenty of high street stores offer great good quality smart key pieces. Look at Zara or Marks & Spencer.
Colour - as your outfit will be built around this item stick to darker tones and shades. Black is a forever classic here.
Personal style - find pieces that you really love and show your style through. You can get a beautiful designer suit or the coolest pair of black vintage flares - you are the one creating this look, don't limit yourself.
The next thing to add to your outfits will be the basics.Those items will be necessary for your wardrobe. Here is where you can introduce lighter shades. White, ivory, nude, baby pink or blue, any toned down or pastel shade. Grey and black will also always be in style therefore if you are not a fan of light tones stick to the good old classic. Your essential basics are :
Shirt - perfect for office wear or a formal occasion. Ruffles are everywhere at the moment or if a basic white shirt is not for you have a look at ruffle or cold shoulder details on a shirt.
T-shirt - worn with a blazer and a smart pair of trousers suddenly creating a professional look. Worn with a pencil skirt and a duster will be perfect for a late night shopping trip. T shirts have in all styles (crew neck, v neck, oversized, long sleeve etc ) so pick one that suits your style the most.
Cami top - for the warmer days. a beautiful feminine look would be completed a lace detail came top. To make it more of a casual look for for a jersey grey or blue sleeveless top.
Rollneck - huge trend but also incredibly practical for the cooler days. Change your day time skirt to a pair of jeans to make it super casual or pair with a pinafore style dress for a day of meetings.
Long sleeve top - here is where quality matters. A basic long sleeve top is any colour or shade as long as good quality can keep your outfit look professional but makes it comfortable and cosy
Leggings - for a quick change of outfit to run some errands.
Jersey - pencil skirts, tops and dresses. A basic jersey pieces combined with a trend item will have you set for a night of dancing on a Friday night
Trend pieces or your favourite items are going to be the transformation from work wear to evening wear. Here is where the colours and patterns can be as subtle or out there as you want them to be. Change your day time accessories to statement trend pieces to create a great outfit for dinner or drinks. Add a bright bag and a killer pair of heels to your pant suit or a floral coat with thigh high boots to your black day time dress.
- Stripes - you can combine them both into work wear as well as casual wear
- Khaki - come in all textures. Suede jackets, jersey crop top, leather choker or mesh bag
- Rose gold/copper - anything and everything metallic. A beautiful pair is statement metallic ankle boots can transform your outfit
- Belt - designer belts with a large logo or buckle will make even a plain t-shirt and a pair of jeans look expensive. Corset belt looks incredibly beautiful with a tailored white shirt
- Yellow - eye popping accessories such as bags or shoes are a great spring investment
- Bright pinks/fushia - for the brave ones - coat and a pair of heels