january uniform, and thoughts
My uniform for the month. I wear some variation of this about four times a week, and I mix in a dress once every other week, and jeans and shorts when I can get away with it. When the cool weather dies away, I'm probably going to leave the jacket behind more, and just wear shirts.
I enjoy keeping it simple, most times. I flirt with patterns, with colour, but stumbling out of the shower in the morning and fumbling for something to wear, simple works best. I trip up whenever I try to be "interesting". An adage I read somewhere years ago - "Wear you want feel like wearing, not what you think you should be wearing" - is something I keep in mind when I'm getting dressed, and it never leads to something I regret.
I love fashion. I'm always interested in design, ideas, beauty, innovation, ideas, all the things worth celebrating about fashion, but I've come to understand that I prefer to admire from a distance. Dressing in a basic, timeless way is more reflective of my personality and the life I lead.
I enjoy reading all kinds of blogs but I'm especially glad that there are lots of bloggers out there who share the same principles of dress as I do, and express them their own distinct ways - it inspires me. I suppose the fact that it's fashionable to be classic at the moment is one driving factor, but I also think good design endures and always has a faithful audience. You see more of this when it comes to men's style but lots of women feel the same way too. Maybe we will see more designers and brands at all price points recognising this segment of the market, and stop thinking only of SATC addicts. After all, all women, no matter how they dress, have the need for well-cut simple things - they are both a foundation to build on and a look in itself.