When I first told the office that I essentially never wear jeans (save once a year), they were all shocked mostly because, in the several months I've worked here, they hadn't noticed. Amongst a group of women who wear jeans regularly, I should stick out like a sore thumb in my dresses and skirts. Instead, I've found a way to make them a part of my casual wardrobe, without looking like I "tried too hard," which is often the association that comes with wearing a skirt.
After the early-in-life realization that jeans don't really jive with my short figure, I searched for ways to look casual yet chic, on a budget, all without a pant in sight. As my life has adopted more of a set routine post-college, I've created a formula for a daily uniform that keeps me from getting bored and can get me to wherever I'm going, whether it's drinks or the beach.
And while these tips apply to my skirt and dress wardrobe, they can easily be reapplied to anything, from overalls to jumpsuits. I spent years of my life trying to like jeans, just so I could hop on the current, casual trends that everyone else was following. The second I made my own uniform, my style improved and my confidence sky-rocketed. Here's how to find yours:
When your closet is mostly neutrals, getting ready in the morning is far easier. Now, that doesn't mean my closet is entirely void of fuschia and tie-dye, but the majority of it is black (and more black), grey, white, tan, and blue. Every morning, when I inevitably wake up later than intended, I can grab a white tee and pair it with a camel leather skirt and black denim jacket for maximum ease and style.
This rule has nothing to do with what's flattering. It's more so about what makes you feel great and comfortable, especially if you're going to be at a desk all day. For me, that's either a dress or skirt that comes in at the waist and flares out in a casual, yet feminine way. With an arsenal of my favorite shapes in my closet, getting ready is simple. I know whatever I reach for will flatter me, make me feel confident, and I'll know how to accessorize it for that day.
If you want to accentuate your whole figure...dress in a solid color and find something form-fitting. It will be equal parts chic and flattering.
Mix high and low on two levels: the style of clothes and price. If you have a few investment staples in your arsenal, your look is guaranteed to appear more elevated, even if it's paired with a tee from Amazon. I always invest in shoes, bags, and coats to pull together an outfit and leave the trendy, fast-fashion pieces for my clothing. Anything from cheap mini-dresses to tanks can be integrated into a "weekday wardrobe" if they're paired with solid investment pieces. For searching out high-end quality shoes and bags, I stick with The RealReal, Saks Off Fifth, Barneys Warehouse, and the elusive Net-a-Porter sales. The rest of my wardrobe is mostly purchased from ASOS, Topshop, and Zara.
Mixing high and low in terms of style also reinvents your wardrobe and allows you to wear pieces on more than one occasion. A dressy, sequin skirt can be toned down with Adidas sneakers and a vintage tee, and blends in a crowd of jeans just as easily. The key is to strike the right balance. If a piece is incredibly formal, every other element needs to be casual, yet not conflicting.
This tip has literally saved me countless of times in the morning. When your outfit feels just okay, having a go-to coat can tie it all together and get you out the door. Again, I prefer to buy in neutrals, so my go-to coats are my vintage denim jacket, a cropped leather moto jacket, and my cropped black denim coat. For winter, I rely exclusively on my black aviator coat. All of these jackets go with any color in my wardrobe and flatter the feminine cuts I usually gravitate towards.
The best way to integrate a non-boring uniform is to wear it with confidence. Don't overthink the formalness of the skirt, just wear it as if it's jeans and a tee. Soon enough, it becomes a ritual, and you'll never think twice again.
I keep my makeup and hair as uniformly casual as possible. With fewer over-the-top variables, your outfit completely blends with the rest of you and no one will second guess it.
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