Today’s the big day! It’s my first official day as Managing Director at American University’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center. The Center’s mission is to bring together researchers, policymakers, writers, and advocates into teams that study racial inequality and discrimination, recommend policy correctives, and engage in effective campaigns of change. There’s a lot of exciting (and necessary) work ahead, and I cannot wait to get started.
Enter the Work Uniform
Although I love wearing all black (it hides spilled coffee so well!), my work uniform focuses less on color and more on simplicity. I used to spend so much time trying to match pieces, find coordinating accessories, etc. When I decided to adopt a minimalist lifestyle, I gave a lot of thought to the outfits that work best for me (note – these are usually the outfits that you “settle on” or consider your “go to” pieces.) I realized that dresses and jumpsuits work best for me since I struggle with pairing tops and bottoms. A-Line and long, flowing dresses are my favorite.
I also keep my footwear simple and comfortable. The same goes for jewelry and accessories. When minimizing my closet, I also downsized my earring collection. I always wore the same few pairs (sterling silver beads, real pearls from Mom, or my diamonds-to-me princess cut studs). I recently added these rose stud earrings by Kate Spade to the mix as a little something special to wear on my first day.
Selecting Your Work Uniform
When creating a work uniform or capsule wardrobe, consider comfort, utility, and of course, affordability. What outfit makes you feel the most confident? Will your outfit be comfortable and functional for the work that you need to do? Do you need to invest and build on your wardrobe slowly? When I first started working in Big Law in 19– (err, the year is irrelevant lol) I purchased one suit per pay period until I had a solid wardrobe.
Remember, just as it is with minimalism, there is no one size fits all approach for work attire. Some people LOVE dressing up for work and if that’s your thing – enjoy it! However, if you find yourself struggling to select something to wear in the mornings, or even worse, find yourself running late because you cannot figure out what to wear, consider adopting a work uniform. And if your lifestyle and personality permits, consider wearing the same ensemble every day and really save yourself some time. (Check out this Art Director who wears the same outfit every day!)
What are your thoughts on having a work uniform? Do you have one?