I love complicated, adventurous ensembles ~ but lately I find myself with fewer daytime opportunities to wear them. When I worked as an eveningwear designer, I considered it part of my job to dress up in a way that reflected the world I was creating clothes for, and also to inspire my coworkers. And it was easy because I was sitting in an air-conditioned office all day.
Nowadays, as I’ve become increasingly occupied with styling gigs (as well as producing my own shoots), my work has me running all over town all the time. I’m stopping by showrooms, meeting clients and collaborators, hauling heavy garment bags, trunkfuls of shoes and piles of props… I need to be comfortable! So, while I’ll always dress up for evening events and special occasions, I’ve been interested in streamlining my day-to-day wardrobe a bit.Thus, the idea of a uniform of sorts. Growing up, I wore one every day until high school. I figure it’s the reason I’m always more comfortable in a collared shirt (and outfits like THIS) than anything else, like some sort of sartorial muscle memory. And that’s why, as I mentioned to you Tuesday, I picked up 10 of the same shirt in 5 different colors. It’s not about dressing identically everyday; it’s about pinpointing and fine-tuning my personal style signatures ~ not to mention saving time on too-early mornings. I’m in the mood for simplicity, and there’s nothing a crisp, collared shirt can’t do. Put it over shorts, pants, wear it knotted over a cute pencil skirt ~ style it as formally or as casually as you please, and then get on with your day. There is much to be done!
|PHOTOS| by Jeremy James