Uniform envy

On her blog, Vera Wang talks about her penchant for leggings and long tees, going so far as to declare the combo her daily uniform.

According to the designer, “As you become more certain of your own vision, and your own taste and your own style, as you evolve, as a person, not just as a woman, you do end up in a uniform.”

I second that!

I tell my clients to think about basics, and then we can build exciting outfits from there. Sure, these purchases may seem boring–you’d rather splurge on something decadent and fabulous. But think of your uniform as your canvas. You can’t really paint without one.

Leggings and a cotton shirt are an excellent starting point. But I also recommend these building blocks (buying multiples is wise–less time doing laundry):

Tailored trousers (in black and grey)

White button-down

Solid tank (in black and white)

Dark wash jeans

Each one is so easy to jazz up with different cardigans, blazers, scarves, jewelry, you name it. And since they’re not ‘statement pieces’, nobody will ever notice how often you wear them. Instead, all attention will go to the bold accents you layer on top.

NOTE: Make sure your uniform fits! It’s worth it to invest time and $$ into basics that are flattering and well made. If that means schlepping the stuff to the tailor, then so be it. You’ll thank yourself later, I promise.

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