But after I went to college, got a job, and got a life, I didn't have the mental bandwidth to "outfit space," unlike all the prolific fashion bloggers of today. You know the type. They post their daily outfits (going-out, going-to-work, having-coffee-with-another-blogger kind of outfits) just to show off their designer collectables and street-style that puts the 'ol flip-flops and T-shirt to shame. Which is why the art installation, the Uniform Project is so refreshing.
"An exercise in sustainable fashion," The Uniform Project
is a woman who's planning to wear a versatile, multi-season black button down minidress everyday for the next 365 days. It's totally sanitary too because she's not wearing the SAME dress, but seven identical dresses-- one for each day of the week. What matters most is how she styles it. She posts her ensembles daily on the website and names each creation -- Harlequin Roman
, Endless Spring In New York
for example. What you end up discovering from looking at the project is that you can wear the same basic in an endless array of styles, depending on how your style your accessories. I once remember superblogger Susie Bubble
say that getting dressed is much like decorating a Christmas tree-- you start with your base (basic clothing item) and then you start decorating with all the fixings and trimmings-- jewelry, crazy socks, headbands, detachable ruffled collars... Pretty ingenious way to think actually because in any case, the items that work the hardest on your wardrobe tend to be the basics. Not the zebra print Marc Jacobs coat you bought on a whim at Barney's Warehouse.
The project creator, Sheena Matheiken also solicits for people to send her accessories to feature in her daily outfits. While her outfits are not too outrageous and are like the Brooklyn bohemian girl-on-a-bicycle cute, they're great examples of how your everyday aesthetics can be transformed for not a lot of cash or effort. And just one perfect dress. The practicality and versatility of this whole idea actually makes me cringe at my junior high self.
The project is also a charity project, where all proceeds go a school project in India FYI.