You may have heard the term capsule wardrobe before, which is where you scale down your apparel into a collection of thirty to forty essential pieces that can be mixed and matched to create many outfits. Pinterest is full of ideas for the best capsules for each season and lifestyle, but what about reducing that down even further to wearing the same outfit every day?
Enter the personal uniform. This concept has been embraced by successful people who realized their lives could be simplified by adopting a daily outfit. Think Steve Jobs’s black turtleneck and jeans or Vera Wang’s leggings and tunic top. If you’re looking to simplify your wardrobe, consider the benefits of having a personal uniform—and see how easy it is to create one.
Advantages of a personal uniform
Having a consistent outfit you wear every day may seem unusual to some, but its positive effects on your life might convert you.
Reduce decision fatigue
If you’ve ever stood groggily in front of your closet on a Tuesday morning trying to choose what to wear, then this strategy is for you. Adopting a daily uniform eliminates the need to ever decide how to dress again. And not needing to expend brainpower on this task means you have more energy and time to devote to more important areas of focus, such as your job or your family or self-care.
Having a personal uniform can be kinder to your wallet. It’s easy to fall prey to the latest fashion trends, especially with social media enabling the frequent and persuasive proliferation of new styles. When you have your own consistent style, you can focus on buying quality pieces rather than chasing fads.
When you have an outfit that you both look and feel good in, it creates a self-assurance that can have positive effects on all your interactions. So it stands to reason that earing the same one every day can also boost your confidence and give you a sense of identity.
A more streamlined wardrobe will simplify packing, a necessary evil that can quickly swallow up an entire evening with its demand for decision-making. With a personal uniform in play, all you need to know is how many outfits the trip requires so you can pack the appropriate number of pieces.
How to create a personal uniform
There is no need to feel intimidated by the idea of putting together a personal uniform. The steps to get there are simple and straightforward.
Identify your style
Do you gravitate to an all-black artist aesthetic? Or do you find yourself beelining to bright colors and patterns? Whether your vision is vintage and romantic or modern minimalist and polished, it’s important to nail down the style that feels truest to you. You also want to choose a look that will serve you both in your personal and professional life. If you are an executive who frequents boardrooms, your uniform should not be jeans and a t-shirt.
Assess your lifestyle and wardrobe needs
Think about the activities you do daily. Are you a busy parent who needs chases your kid around the yard and runs errands? Do you work in an office that has a dress code? Obviously, this your uniform doesn’t have to fit every activity you do. (You can have workout outfits for the gym and formal clothes for the occasional special event.) But it should be something you can wear regularly. A good place to start is to consider what types of clothes you tend to reach for the most often.
Now that you’ve solidified a style and identified your wardrobe needs, it’s time to pick the actual pieces for your uniform. If you’ve been wondering to yourself, “How does this work? When will I wash my clothes if I’m wearing them every day?” don’t worry. The idea is not to wear the exact same shirt and pants but to buy multiple shirts and pants in the same style. Just be sure to invest in items that will hold up well and be easy to care for as you will naturally have fewer of them.
If your style is a silky tank, blazer, and tailored pants, purchase these pieces in coordinating colors so they can all be mixed and matched. Or purchase the same colors to streamline it even more. If you do opt for an identical uniform, you can incorporate jewelry, shoes, or accessories to change up your look enough to keep you excited about your outfit. Some will find it comforting to wear an identical uniform while others may welcome the chance to style it a little different each day. Do what works for you!