(Original story published on December 19, 2016, on FashionMagazine.com.)
It’s interesting that what entices us about the fashion world is constant change and innovation, yet most of the industry’s heavyweights—the same ones we look to for street style inspo—don’t subscribe. Instead of owning a look that’s ever-changing, they stick to what they know and love, a.k.a. their personal uniform.
Think Anna Wintour and her printed sheath dresses, Karl Lagerfeld and his black suits and Carine Roitfeld and her button-down shirts and pencil skirts. They’re the ones who dictate the latest trends, yet they stick to their tried and trues.
Sure, wearing the same look every day would get repetitive, but imagine the ease a uniform would bring to your life. Suddenly shopping, getting dressed and planning outfits would become more efficient. You already know exactly how these pieces look on you and you’re well versed in the best ways to style them. Your wardrobe becomes an exclusive collection of your most-played pieces, making what-to-wear woes a thing of the past.
Although this would mean that you’re wearing similar styles on repeat, your uniform doesn’t have to be quite so predictable. There are plenty of major fashion figures who rely on their favourite staples day after day but inject different pieces into their looks to pay tribute to the season’s top trends.
To help you establish your own go-to look, we’ve rounded up five amazing style stars who don personal uniforms with a twist.
This classic French girl—and founder of Rouje—lives in button-down blouses, mini skirts, boxy sweaters and kick flares year-round. And when the colder weather hits? She’ll throw on black tights and a heavier topper.
Net-a-Porter style setter can always be seen marching the streets of NYC and London in baggy separates. Her go-tos include menswear-inspired button-downs, boyfriend jeans, jackets draped across her shoulders and a cool pair of heels.
Staying true to classic Scandinavian style, Pernille opts for oversized and impeccably tailored topcoats paired with straight-leg pants and amazing shoes.
This DJ loves her 40s-style dresses—think sweet collars, fun prints and midi lengths—so much that she came out with her own line of dresses reminiscent of Lucille Ball.
Lauren Santo Domingo
The Moda Operandi founder loves classic pieces like skinny jeans, pencil skirts, cigarette pants and pointy-toe shoes, but can often be seen incorporating a frill, bow or embellishment into her look in one way or another.