Maybe that title sounds like a mouthful, but the concept I want to share today is simple. I love having a few uniforms in my style arsenal for easy go-to looks that I can create on the fly. So let’s talk a little today about what it means to have a style uniform as I share my favorite elevated summertime style uniform with jeans.
A style uniform is simply a go-to outfit formula you are able to curate consistently with the pieces in your wardrobe. So the uniform doesn’t necessarily look exactly the same every time you put it together. But it consists of the same types of pieces each time.
It’s smart to develop several uniforms that you can create without much thought from the pieces in your closet. That way, when it’s time to dash out the door to meet friends for coffee or to meet your husband for an impromptu date night, you can throw something on quickly and feel confident about how you look.
A smart gal will, of course, have several style uniforms in her arsenal. Maybe you’d have one uniform for an athleisure look that you enjoy wearing. In the summer you also might have a very casual, work-around-the-house style uniform. And then you might also have a Sunday morning style uniform.
- dress pants
- hiking pants
So you won’t necessarily have the same types of uniforms I would have. But I do think it’s wise for any gal who occasionally wears jeans to have a jeans uniform she can throw together without much thought. Otherwise, when you decide to wear your denim you could feel a little stumped, especially in the summertime, when perhaps jeans are not a daily choice.
For my summertime jeans uniform I like to put together what I call an elevated casual style. This is my elevated summertime style uniform with jeans. My uniform is made up of very casual pieces, but then I elevate them with a few specific accessories and an optional third piece. When I wear this, in whatever variation I choose, I know I’ll look casual but also pulled together.
My elevated summertime style uniform with jeans simply consists of:
- a t-shirt
- a belt
- pared down, but noticeable jewelry
- an optional blazer
- a solid colored simple shoulder bag
Whether I wear dark wash jeans and a light colored t-shirt or light wash jeans and a dark t-shirt, I know this look works for me. I can also throw into the mix a graphic tee and be confident that the uniform will still work.
I like wearing trendy, white sneakers with this uniform because I know they always work. Could I wear leopard print, colored or camo print sneakers? Probably. And sometimes I do. But the white leather sneakers are the go-to choice that requires no thought and always delivers.
So you can see how this uniform concept translates into other outfits, I’m sharing a photo of what I actually wore recently to church. You’ll see it’s the same elevated summertime style uniform formula, but simply different garments.
Here I’m still wearing my jeans, t-shirt, belt, sneakers, pared down jewelry and optional blazer, but with different selections. My jeans are skinny and dark. The tee is a graphic t-shirt with our church’s logo. I’ve worn a black blazer and belt(which you can’t see here). And my jewelry is silver. I’m actually wearing the same sneakers.
Below, you’ll see the uniform translation I’m showing today, but with my white linen blazer. So it’s a very different look, but the same uniform. And I know the uniform works every time…regardless of the pieces I choose within those categories. I’m able to throw it together quickly and beautifully each time.
Do I wear this every day? No! But it’s a uniform I can recreate in multiple ways from the pieces in my wardrobe. Which means that when I’m building my wardrobe I have to add interesting pieces that work in this uniform. That’s why I do indeed have a number of blazers. But I generally wear them in this casual fashion.
What kinds of summertime style uniforms do you have? How do you generally style your jeans when you wear them during the summer? I’d love to hear your thoughts today.
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