I’ve joined the trend of “wearing a uniform.” It just sort of happened and I’m glad it did. For those of you new to the concept, it basically means you wear the same thing each day. First, here’s my uniform:
- Skinny jeans. I have three pairs. Two of them are from the Gap Factory Outlet and one pair are sexy ripped ones from Express that my sister-in-law treated me to on my birthday.
- Black cami. My favorites are actually maternity ones I have from Target.
- Black long sleeve cotton t-shirt. I have three but my favorite one is Gap Maternity The Bowery Super Soft Crew T-shirt. You may be wondering by now if I’m pregnant. I’m not, or at least I don’t think I am. This shirt is so soft, hangs just right and doesn’t look like a maternity shirt.
- To top it off in the winter months, I usually wear one of three black and white sweater “cardigans.” My favorite is a leopard print one from Camieau here in France
- Clarks black Gore-Tex ankle boots. I wear these every day. They were expensive but given the miles I put on them, the fact that they really are water proof, how comfortable they are and that they’ll last be a good two years, I’d say they are totally worth it.
- Accessories: a belt, black socks and the occasional earrings. I also have a fantastic lightweight wool gray maternity/wear your baby coat that is my go to. If Chloe is in the front carrier, I can throw the coat on, zip in an extra insert and zip it all the way up. If I’m not wearing her, I skip the insert and it’s still a cute coat.
Ok, now on to the 5 reasons why I love my uniform– which I end up wearing at least 5 out of 7 days a week.
- I feel really good in it. The black t-shirt is key. Black hides a multitude of… well, I’ve had three babies and let’s just say black is a lovely color.
- It is fashionable but doesn’t look like I’m trying too hard. The skinny jeans and ankle boots leave no room for mom-jean moments.
- It’s discreet to nurse my baby wherever I might be (thank you black cami)
- It is easy. This is the argument the “books” and “experts” make for wearing a self-imposed uniform. Dave has told me many times that Steve Jobs wore a uniform to avoid decision fatigue. In the morning I know what I’m going to wear.
- I’m surprisingly content with my simply wardrobe. Because I feel so confident and good in my uniform, I don’t feel the need to go and buy new clothes.
I haven’t done away with all my other clothes; that would be a bit too extreme; non? And, Dave likes to see me in something different once in a while… like color. Come the warmer months, I’ll have to find a new version of my uniform.
Have you tried wearing a “uniform” or simplifying your wardrobe?