My elementary school in Tampa had uniforms, and I loved them. Getting dressed in the morning couldn’t have been easier. The hardest decision was whether to wear a skirt or a dress. When middle school came around, I (like every single other kid in my grade) was so thrilled to finally ditch the uniform. We could wear whatever we wanted… finally!!! (Within dress code, of course.)
Reality set in really quickly when I went to back-to-school shopping with my mom. My little sixth grade self was so disappointed that I had to wear Gap Kids every day. Plus, figuring out what to wear was always a morning ordeal. (I, to this day, suffer from “Nothing to Wear” syndrome… haha.) Needless to say, after about a week, I realized just how lucky we had it in elementary school! (Isn’t that always the case?)
Even with a closet full of clothes and the absolute best intentions to come up with new outfits… I fall back into a routine. It’s more or less a uniform. While the originality is most certainly not there, it’s easy. And it takes the guess work out getting dressed. Especially now that it’s cooling off, the uniform I wear even more solidified.
Broken down, I frequently wear:
I do this for a few reasons. The first is what I’ve described above: it’s easy and simple. No guesswork and no frustrations. The combinations are extensive. So even though I’m wearing the same formula, I can do it with the different moving parts.
The second is that it’s comfortable. I do my best work when I’m comfortable. I don’t want to have to think about my clothes during the day. Whether it’s a tight waistband or scratchy sleeves or pinching shoes, I want to be focused on what I’m doing rather than what I’m wearing. And yes, I am comfortable wearing leggings (which I often do when it’s appropriate, like running boring errands on the weekend).
The last reason is that it simply works for me. I have the hardest time finding pants that fit. My legs are a bit too short for regular length and a little bit too long for petite. Jeans are just about the only things that work, and even then… I have better luck in the juniors department at Nordstrom and crewcuts. Maybe I’ll wear a skirt with tights or a dress with tights, but the jeans thing works. And I like the way the button up and sweater looks. (Not to mention the fact that I’m always freezing in the office and it’s perfect layering!)
What works for you? What makes you comfortable? What’s your uniform?