• Minimalist Styling with “Uniforms”

    Posted on August 27, 2010 by in Style

    One way to build and style a minimalist wardrobe fashionably is by sticking to a few “uniforms” that truly flatter you.  When I say “uniforms” I mean stylish go-to silhouettes that you know flatter you like nothing else. This is a major key to effortless dressing versus looking at a bunch of disjointed clothing items when you open your closet door.  This will save you so much time and make getting dressed a joy as well.

    I talk about the importance of designing a color palette in Chic Minimalism For Your Wardrobe to weed out clothing that never matches, and to guarantee workable clothing separates that seamlessly pair together well.  Creating a capsule wardrobe is the true foundation of dressing well, yet knowing how to style your clothing has everything to do with the silhouettes each piece creates on your body.  Taking this concept of styling to the next level begins with establishing a few uniforms for different occasions that may also be somewhat seasonal by changing shoes, adding tights, or even a sweater or coat.

    Using these 12 different clothing items, here are five examples of uniforms that I love.


    Leggings/Cigarette Pants


    Lightweight Sweater




    Wide Leg Pants

    Pencil Skirt




    Outfit #1–Tunic, Leggings/Cigarette Pants, Boots, Jacket

    Loose fitting tunics with slim pants or leggings can be truly casual and comfy, yet with a great boot, jacket and accessory or two, you looked thoughtfully pulled together.

    (image by altamiraNYC)

    Outfit #2–T-Shirt, Jeans, Flats

    The traditional t-shirt and jeans don’t have to be boring.  The organic line Edun brings simplicity and art together in the most beautiful way.  Looser fitting tees with slim line jeans tend to look chic and effortless.

    (image by edun.com)

    Outfit #3–Dress, Boots

    Gaia Conceptions has been a favorite organic clothing line of mine for quite sometime.  I love the look of the perfect dress with boots.  Add tights and a sweater to this look for the fall.

    (image by gaiaconceptions.etsy.com)

    Outfit #4–Lightweight Sweater, Wide Leg Pants, Flats

    Here is a chic and simple silhouette this time with a slim fitting top with wide leg pants.  This uniform is truly timeless and elegant.

    (image by victoriassecret.com)

    Outfit #5–Blouse, Pencil Skirt, Boots

    Boots make this look fun!  I’ve always favored how they instantly change the feel of any outfit.  This same blouse and skirt would look very classic in heels or flats.

    (image by jcrew.com)

    The idea of the uniform is for easy mindless dressing.  Actually it isn’t completely mindless since you have to do the work in the beginning.  Although it is a way to really figure out what combination of separates makes you feel glamorous.  Then you’ll never have to say “I have nothing to wear” again.

    See more articles relating to capsule wardrobes and easy styling here.  If you are curious how I create my capsule wardrobe each season, then look here.

    What is your go-to “uniform” or style silhouette?

    (top image by D Sharon Pruitt)

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6 Responses so far.

  1. Hasina says:

    Great post! I love that the outfits are fashionable and sexy :)

  2. Dawn Michelle says:

    Thank you Hasina!

  3. lily says:

    the outfits are nice and fashionable. they seem to take a lot of effort out of the whole what am i going to wear?/i have nothing to wear syndrome.

  4. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Lily, Sometimes having a uniform or two makes things so much easier. Enjoy your day!

  5. rachael says:

    with two little kids at home, my uniform should be scrubs :) looking forward to some day creating a beautiful capsule wardrobe

  6. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Rachael,
    You make me smile! Thanks for your comment!