The Business Uniform
My mom did not like the public schools where we lived so she worked as a PE teacher to help pay my way through private school. Everyday from kindergarten through 8th grade I wore a uniform. The idea of a uniform has stuck with me some 30+ years later and I view my own work wardrobe the same way. So my closet you will see my uniform pieces - my jackets, pants, skirts, dressed and tops - many of which look the same but I do my best to keep a fresh rotation with small tweaks.
I think there is some "science" behind this or at least we are in good company for rinse and repeat philosophy of style. Have you ever seen Michael Kors - always in his signature black t-shirt and jeans or Carolina Herrera in her crisp white shirts? Well I try to do a little bit of the same.
So I wanted to share a piece of the uniform that is one of my staples. The Sloan pant from Banana Republic. This is the right fit for my body but Banana Republic has some great fits that will work for almost any body type and they come in petite, regular and tall lengths! Hallelujah! I have at least ten pair of these in staple colors like black, tan, gray and blue and some fun patterned versions to keep it fresh. Always under $100 and last well. Pick below shows the sloan pants in a great pattern.
The other staple that I swear by Majestic Filatures. The quality of these shirts is amazing. Never pill, always lay well against the body and keep their shape. They are a little more expensive but if you ever have to take off your jacket you will love what's underneath and always look #polished!
This should get you going on your work uniforms. I would love to hear some of your staples that get you through the week!
I mentioned the things I do to try to keep it fresh. Check out the jewelry in above pictures. I always try to add some fresh jewelry to always keep the classic looks new. All jewelry above is by J Landa.
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M.E.L. is an attorney and small business entrepreneur whose mission is to help professionals conquer the workaday world with style and poise.
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