Getting dressed for work every morning for me is a bit of a sport. I reach for the same 10-15 pieces on a weekly basis, carefully alternating work-appropriate skinnies, skirts, dresses, blazers, blouses and sweaters in an effort to look presentable and cute… without the hassle of buying more work clothes (mainly because I want to save all of my money for buying cool jeans that I don’t need). There is no dress code where I work really. I’m thankful to not have to wear a suit everyday…the look is just not me. I’m too all over the place to commit to a certain look on a daily basis as it’s just not my personality. When not at work, I dress purely on my mood. If I’m feeling “British cool girl”, I reach for my leather moto jackets, torn skinnies and booties. If I’m feeling like a pretty lady who lunches, I reach for my Ted Baker pieces and pearls. Feeling like a sex bomb – I reach for plunging black v-necks, crop tops and things to show off my legs. Back to work dressing though, I am no morning person, and I wish sometimes that I had a “signature look” that I could just throw on without thinking.
Imagine being confident enough to just pick a look and stick with it for your entire life like Steve Jobs did? Imagine getting dressed while thinking up the newest, coolest tech gadgets while mindlessly throwing on your black turtleneck, jeans and New Balances every day? I have to say…I admire that.
How about Karl Lagerfeld? Whip your hair into a ponytail, throw on your signature black blazer over a white dress shirt, squeeze into your tight black jeans and slip on your fingerless gloves and off to the office to design the newest it bag or best selling cruise collection. He’s been sporting this for two straight decades. This chic discipline is incredible!
What about hairstyles? Let’s discuss my favourite editrix extraordinaire, Anna Wintour. She has been rocking the same honey-coloured bob for decades. More incredibly, it still looks so fresh and of the moment. Let’s not forget those strands of faceted semi-prescious stones she pairs with everything along with her omnipresent – if not boring – beige Manolo mules.
I find it really interesting that these style paragons never, ever subscribe to the trends that they design and push onto the masses. I wonder why? Maybe it’s a sign of really good taste. Maybe the fashion icons found a look that best flatters them and they are so confident that they don’t feel the need to stray from their uniform – therefore always looking confident and comfortable. Some powerful people like Mark Zuckerberg (who wears variations of the same grey t-shirt on a daily basis) feel like they don’t want to expend any energy on something as “simple” as getting dressed. Zuckerberg has stated that he would prefer to save his energy for ways to best serve the community.
Here is another great example. I never noticed before that the classy and beautiful Carolina Herrera always, ALWAYS wears crisp white button down shirts. This lady designs some of the most beautiful, breathtaking dresses in the world. She could design any fabulous outfit she wants for herself, but always sticks to the same thing. Again, I can’t help but admire this!
Any of my readers out there have a signature look that they stick with day in and day out? Any wardrobe pieces or accessories that you feel naked without? I feel lost without a watch and my wedding rings…that’s about it!