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WSJ calls it a uniform
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Date: 12/11/11 6:09 AM

The Wall Street Journal had an article yesterday that they called "Women in Uniform." It's pay-only content; we get the hard copy so I can't put in a link.

The idea behind it is that many very fashionable women stick so closely to a style that it is almost a uniform. Here are a couple of paragraphs:

"In the 1950's, the legendary Diana Vreeland had 29 identical pairs of T-strap shoes. When Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was First Lady, her weekend uniform was jodhpurs or Capri pants paired with bulky sweaters. In the '70s and '80s she was consistently photographed wearing wide-legged trousers, turtlenecks or a collared shirt, a great belt, a trench coat, and the Gucci handbag, now known as the Jackie bag."

"Our current style-setters have fashion uniforms too. Within Michelle Obama's well-documented passion for fashion there is a consistency; a cropped cardigan worn with either a poufy '50s-style skirt or a dress and a waist-clinching belt. Kate Moss almost always dons a blazer with her signature classic-bohemian blend . . ."

This article made me feel so much better, because I find myself drifting always to the same look: stretch tops, with a scarf for dress-up, straight or wide-legged pants, cardigans or soft jackets. I feel now if Jackie Kennedy can wear the same style most of the time, I surely can.

Wondering what the rest of you think.

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Date: 12/11/11 6:56 AM


I think there might be a lot of truth in that article.. It could be the way some of us shop.. I noticed men even have a preference in what they wear.. Some are Tshirt guys.. others are the oxford shirt type.. You may have noticed thru the years.. some years they have a style of clothing that you like.. and that actually feels good to wear and fits well. other years maybe not. And so in a good year you probably buy more than one of any style garment you like and will wear.. going without purchasing during those years that you cannot find a thing to wear. I know I even buy some clothing items in bulk.. For instance if I find a style of sweater that washes and wears well. I often buy it in several colors.. So I would have to agree somewhat that there may be a basis for the article.
And often times I will see a dress or such on TV and think.. that looks just like something Audrey Hepburn would wear ..etc..

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Date: 12/11/11 8:56 AM

I, too, would agree with what was written.

Go with your strengths when it comes to looking good with what you wear and how you feel when you are wearing it!

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Date: 12/11/11 9:08 AM

I keep trying to make my closet look stripped down like that, but whoa! it's hard. Got to get rid of that "save it for dress" mentality when there are few dressy occasions around.

One problem these days is with China quality, finding items like sweaters that hold up. I never use the dryer (need to shake to get that extra length) but some from Penney's, Kohl's, Macy's don't seem to last 2 years, with stretched out ribbing and pilling.
On the other hand, some of my lasting, layering t-necks are from WM's No Boundaries brand, which they don't carry any more.

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Date: 12/11/11 9:56 AM

Once you have figure out your signature flattering comfortable style why not just stick with it? If it ain't broke don't fix it. The trick is in figuring out just what that syle is. I am still on that search, wanting to try a little bit of everything.

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Date: 12/11/11 10:29 AM

I think I need to FIND that style. It used to be khakis and button down 3/4 sleeves but now I'm all over the place. My closet is PACKED and I never feel like I have anything to wear. I think I've moved from button downs to knit tops but I still make them, and they just don't get worn

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Date: 12/11/11 10:57 AM

I do agree that once you find a style that works, it is good to stick to that formula. But it is also easy to get in a rut, and become predictable. I really enjoy trying new fabrics, colors, prints, silhouettes, though not all at the same time.

For myself, an hourglass petite with some aging showing, I look best if I concentrate on simple lines that lengthen my body, and some detail on the upper half. Though I am more comfortable in baggy clothing which covers my tummy, I know that is not a good look for me. So I try for subtle waist definition, and drawing attention upwards. Slim pants, or boot cut slacks/jeans, heels of some sort, open neckline or cowl, fitted outdoor wear vests (fleece), or cascade vests/jackets to "hide" tummy. Finally, statement earrings, or scarf, or hat.

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Date: 12/11/11 11:58 AM

Another hourglass that is not as perky as it once was, and the key to my figure is largely foundation garments to look my best, even if it is just a simple slip or camisole from some place like spanx because of the tummy. No matter what I do...I always have a pooch on my lower abdomen, and I used to be a gym rat and still couldn't get rid of it.

I wear slim skirts, v necks and surplice, sheaths and when I wear jeans, boot cuts. I also wear a lot of princess seams, be it in a dress or a blouse, because of the slimming effect.

My "uniform" as it is, is a straight/pencil skirt, a blouse (although I have started to wear more feminine cut tee shirts), and heels, sensible or not. I rarely tuck in my tops, due to the tummy issue, but I need to start, lol. I try not to wear jeans, but I've been wearing them a lot more then I care to.

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Date: 12/11/11 1:11 PM

I also think shows like "What Not To Wear" can contribute to this sort of uniform look (which is not necessarily a bad thing!). My at-home uniform is flattering knit pants and a hip-length knit top. I like cotton/blends, but try to add variety through interesting prints/textures (the one I have on right now has a tone-on-tone design of flocked swirls), arm/neckline variations, and sometimes cuts. I just discovered that knit peasant tops are a surprisingly good look for me (woven ones don't provide enough structure for my curvy silhouette), and I'm enjoying adding those to my everyday wardrobe, too.

For wearing out, it's mostly nice-fitting trousers or trouser jeans (dressy capris in the summer), a neutral cami/sweater/blouse, and a signature jacket. I have lots, and while it kind of is a uniform, they definitely provide lots of variety. I have one in taupe brocade, with a corset back; an embroidered purple velvet; a simple chocolate brown corduroy; orange suede with decorative topstitching; brown tweed with pink voile ruffles.... I know I look pulled together in jackets, and finding ones that are expressive and fun makes it more interesting.

But probably my #1 Uniform item is... red shoes. LOL I can't seem to stop buying them. Every time I go to shop for a black pair, I end up with another red one!

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Date: 12/11/11 2:07 PM

I'm in total agreement with the idea of a style or a few styles that work for you. Find them, update or modify them as needed over time due to changing fashion and/or dimensions.

How much more time this leaves to actually LIVE life, rather than spending one's time preparing so as to be dressed uniquely everyday to live life.

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