A 7-step guide to creating a daily uniform
French writer Stendhal once stated that only great minds can afford a simple style.
Why not showcase your confidence and intellect by creating a daily uniform that simplifies your getting ready routine?
Many smart and successful people simplify their wardrobes to free their mind so they can make better decisions.
It's not a concept for everyone but for anyone who appreciates essential living it could be a life changer.
Instead of worrying about what to wear everyday you can create an entire capsule wardrobe, or simply rely on one or two classic looks and devote the time saved to more pressing matters.
If you're up for the challenge, considering these seven simple tips will help you construct your very own signature daily uniform — a set of outfits for each of your major activities that make gettibg ready effortless:
Opt for comfort
Know your aesthetic
Understand your lifestyle
Consider your budget
Create a go-to brand list
Don’t have too many rules
1. DEVELOP SELF-CONFIDENCE
In order to own your look you'll have to be secure with yourself and your sense of style, so carefully consider the types of items that boost your confidence.
For some it may be a power suit while for others it may be a pair of sneakers. Start with your most favorite items and build your daily uniform from there.
First create your capsule wardrobe and from that wardrobe construct a few go-to daily uniforms that you can rely on and feel good wearing a few days in a row.
You can craft your set of daily uniforms by identifying a handful of favorite items that you love wearing and feel yourself in.
This also means moving away from fashion fads and style trends and focusing almost exclusively on the pieces that are the best fit for you.
Right now one daily uniform on heavy rotation in our office consists of black skinny jeans, a button down white oxford shirt, and oversized wool blazer, almost all from Everlane.
Whatever outfit combinations you decide on, let them be the ones that make you feel like your best self.
2. OPT FOR COMFORT
Many people make fashion choices based on fads but don't give proper thought to fit and fabrication. However, comfort will be key if you are going to wear the same thing everyday.
You won't feel confident if you don't feel comfortable so consider the texture and structure of the items that make you feel most at ease.
You might prefer sturdy materials such as cotton that can stand up to a lot of wear and tear.
Or perhaps you can tolerate silk being a bit higher maintenance because you like the feel of it against your skin.
While 100% wool feels cozy to many, you may cross it out because it scratches your skin or causes you to feel overheated. Also consider how you feel after wearing an item for a full day.
For instance we know a few women who don't own heels because they can't make it a few hours without sore feet, back strain and poor posture.
After enduring this misery for years, one day they had an epiphany: ‘why am I forcing myself to wear something that I'm miserable in?’
Now they only opt for flats, wedges, sneakers, and other more comfortable shoe types.
Please take the time to identify the types of items you feel your best and worst in. You'll want to build your daily uniform around the best of the best so strongly consider eliminating items that are uncomfortable.
3. KNOW YOUR AESTHETIC
Keeping a minimalist mindset will be important in crafting your daily uniform but it doesn't mean you can't let your natural style shine through.
It doesn't matter if you prefer a casual or professional look, you can create a daily uniform work by building a base from simple basics (neutral colors, structured shirts, streamlined blazers) and then using shoes and accessories to customize to your taste.
We want to stress this point because a lot of people are turned off by the concept of creating a capsule wardrobe or daily uniform because they automatically assume it requires you to have a minimalist aesthetic.
This is absolutely false. You can be bohemian and still only own 50 beloved items in your closet that look amazing on you.
So even if you do have more vibrant or eccentric tastes this is a concept that can work for you as well.
4. UNDERSTAND YOUR LIFESTYLE
If you work in a corporate law firm you'll have to conform to a different set of outfit guidelines than if you work in an advertising agency.
If you work from home or out of cafes as a freelancer you have more flexibility than someone whose office adheres to a strict dress code.
One source of frustration is having a lot of things in your closet that don't work for your day-to-day.
It’s important to alleviate this by choosing items that fit in well with your current lifestyle — be it casual or formal.
Most of us have a work and a weekend life so it may also be necessary to create two different daily uniforms.
Whatever the case, don't breeze over this step when creating your daily uniform because you want your look to be practical and fit the reality of your lifestyle.
5. CONSIDER YOUR BUDGET
Having a daily uniform doesn't necessarily mean wearing the exact same items everyday (though to each his own).
You'll have to consider your budget and think about which items you'll need quite a few of because it would be too much to keep them clean (e.g. white tees), and which items you only need a few of because you can easily wear them frequently (e.g. black jeans).
The great thing about the daily uniform concept is that it is inherently budget-friendly.
Wearing the same thing allows you to significantly cut down on shopping and will save you hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars each season.
6. CREATE A GO-TO BRAND LIST
Take some time to construct a list of go-to brands that have the basics you need (you can also borrow from the brand directory mentioned at the end of this article).
And, again, even if you don't have a minimalist aesthetic you should still have a list of favorite brands handy so when it's time to refresh your daily uniform you know exactly where to go.
7. Dont have too many rules
Creating a daily uniform can be a fun project and a great way to simplify life. For some, it may be easy to set a look and stick with it indefinitely.
For others — who prefer to experiment or change up their style — you can alternate your daily uniform weekly, monthly or seasonally.
There are no rules or restrictions other than understanding what works for you. Explore more capsule wardrobe editorials to get inspiration.
This article was written by our sister brand, Capsule Wardrobe which creates and curates the best brands, books and blogs on capsule wardrobes, daily uniforms and minimalist style.
Images by Benjamin Holtrop for Minimalism.