I should stop scoffing at the fashion media for suggesting the “uniform dressing” concept. At the same time they urge people to buy the trendiest clothing!
These ladies of the US Navy Women’s Auxiliary in 1918 had no choice in the matter, but I’m sure their sartorial choices every morning were very easy. As it is for the female personnel of today’s US Navy!
The late Steve Jobs wore a black turtle neck daily. He wanted to avoid mulling over sartorial choices every morning because the guy had more important stuff to think about on any given day.
Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and her pantsuits — I wonder if she’ll keep this uniform if she’s elected president? (I am not endorsing any candidate here. My blog is non-partisan).
Me, I love thinking about clothing and what I’ll wear that day. At what point does a style of clothing become a “uniform”?
I’m discovering that I reach out for similar clothing each morning because that’s what suits my lifestyle; pants (preferably knit) and a tunic length top every single day. Which makes me a follower of the “uniform dressing” code. I like to sew a lot of varied clothing styles, but I want to make it count. How many years do you think I’ll be able to sew? Hopefully, a lot more, but who knows. These are my “uniform” thoughts for 2016. Who knows, I might change my thoughts in 2017.
Here are three basic things that definitely fit my 2016 uniform wardrobe. Note that all three are designed for knit fabrics:
Back to the aforementioned knit pants: I just finished the fourth pair using this pattern. You can read about my excitement about the first pair in this previous post. The pair on the right, in navy blue ponte knit (fabric purchased from Sew Much Fabric ), is the most recent one, and I already have the materials ready for the fifth pair, this time a stretch woven fabric. I’m constantly reaching for these knit pants. They fit me, fit my lifestyle and I feel good in them. I am also going to try my hand at jeans in 2016. I’m prepared for sewing jeans; watched two Craftsy classes, read articles and books, have the notions and stretch (!) denim ready.
2. TUNICS AND TOPS
I prefer tops which cover my middle portion, and most of the derriere, so that is what I reach for in the closet. The tunic length is actually my preferred length. Above the hemline, I go for a whole lot of variety in neck & sleeve detail. And, just love the new sleeveless Vogue Pattern tunic and the McCalls T-shirt version. Not to speak of my thing for stripes…..
3. MAXI DRESSES
Maxi dresses are a possible summer uniform in 2016. Well, I say that every year, and these have been on my sewing list for a few years now, but I have not made a single one. Not sure why. By now you’ve guessed that I want to keep my legs mostly covered. In the early 2000s I made many sleeveless, calf-skimming straight dresses (no darts) and wore them a lot. But they went out of fashion or died with too much wear. The modern maxi is floor length and mostly fitted at the top.
Beyond the above three, there are many other clothing choices which I incorporate into the basic three. I have much loved short jackets which I wear over the longer tunics, and I love the look! Short jackets also look great with (future) maxi dresses. Long cardigans are increasingly inhabiting my closet this winter!
Readers, tell me about your daily clothing choice. What do you think is your “uniform”?
Bonus Image: Photo bombed by a wind gust!
May the sewing force be with you…