It seems there are two kind of women (and man) in the terms of getting dressed. One of them prefer trusty uniform dressing and making work a few kind of items in her wardrobe. The other one likes experimenting with shapes, cuts, colors, materials and accessories so basically with trends.
I used to think a lot which category I belong to or what is even more interesting which one I wanna belong to. But as I’m getting older it seems pretty obvious that’s not a choice but it’s somehow coded in our DNA. What you like to wear and what you refuse to just comes naturally and rather smoothly. So smoothly that you maybe haven’t even noticed it.
Like in my case. I had to ask it because although I don’t really have to think about it anymore, I’m still not entirely sure. I’m sure that I gravitate towards uniforms but I’m still in search for my true style. That style what I can wear over and over again. Without hesitation without questions. However, I still keep asking myself whether it’s good (stylish) or a bad (read boring) thing to look like the same every day. And whether it’s enough for a lifetime?
But first things first lets see what uniform and non uniform dressing means.
- You have your favorite type of clothes which you insist all the time.
- The uniform is a part of you. Part of your personality which tells about you a lot whether you want it or not.
- You don’t care of trends. At all.
- You believe in classics and tried and tested.
- Probably you always look good and not just because you’re confident but because you wore what is most suitable for your body too.
- You play safe so there’s no chance to loose in the style game.
- This can make you either boring or a real, confident and true to yourself personality.
- You basically refuse (or have a hard time) to spend money on anything else or new.
- It saves you time and energy so you can concentrate other things of life.
Doug apparently has no problem to get dressed in the mornings. 🙂
And non uniform dressing? The very opposite what I wrote above. More diversity, sometimes more fun and more chance of hits and misses.
But you can’t let you being deceived. In this world there’s not just white and black and there’s not just uniform dressing and not uniform dressing. There are middle ways too. This is – Ladies and Gentlemen – the game of style as apparently you don’t have to get dressed the same every day to remain true to yourself. For example somebody who is almost there but still experimenting a bit (like me) or there are persons who dress pretty differently but somehow they manage to reserve their true style. Like Olivia Palermo.
She has the ability to get dressed differently every day. Different clothes, different accessories, different everything. She’s far away from boring but still staying true for herself. How she does that? I think it’s a gift but also it has to do with her beautiful face and asymmetric, lean body. Sorry to say that, but I think it’s true. And don’t get me wrong I don’t state that less attractive people can’t do the same, I say these people are in more difficult situation to reach the same level. It’s just life, so unfair.
Olivia Palermo likes wearing girly outfits and always put on one more thing from her endless accessories. But here I’m done with looking for more similarities.
And then there are some editors for example Emanuelle Alt who is rather an uniform dresser herself but it’s not that obvious because she likes playing a bit differently once in a while, experimenting with different types of clothes and accessories for example. But she’s never too far away from her true edgy, nonchalant but undeniably chic style.
Emanuelle Alt the epitome of French chic and style.
And who are the ultimate uniform dressers? Believe it or not it seems the people who are standing on the highest on the fashion pyramid. Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld for example. Who could deny it? Same hair, very same clothes, same accessories. Or other creative geniuses like Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg. The most creative people who are the most passionate about their work, their visions, the main purpose in their life. And ironically those people who dictates the world of trends where we try to navigate with more or less success.
Same hair, similar glasses, shirts, ties, jackets, pants, belts, boots and gloves. No one could mistake Karl Lagerfeld with someone else.
So again, is uniform dressing bad? Hell, no! If it’s working for them they also could work for us, mere mortals. But I think you have to reach to certain age and experience or/and self-knowledge to do the very same thing. And that’s not bad either. After all there is no competition and there are no rules. Everybody has to experience her/his limits and what makes them happy in life. And if that means full uniform look, then let it be.
Steve Jobs elevated uniform dressing on a whole new level with the almost identical black polos, blue jeans and white sneakers.
I’m pretty sure some day I’ll get close to the Emanuelle Alt’s way of uniform dressing. You know expanding my possibilities a bit but still remain true for myself, keeping the basics no matter what. I just have to experience a bit more what does it means exactly for me.
And you? What do you prefer? Are you an uniform dresser or just love experimenting?