Category Archives: minimalism

How Can You Tell if You Have Signature Style?

After seeing Amy Schumer dress up as Anna Wintour, it made me realize something:

If I can’t dress up as you for Halloween, then you don’t have signature style.

Anna Wintour is a lovely example, because it is rare for you to see her without her dark sunglasses, colourful colette necklaces, and cap-sleeved shift dress. Even Kim Kardashian has dressed up as Ms. Wintour.

Think of all the examples that support my theory: superheros and anyone else in a uniform are very easy to imitate. Beyond that, people in the public eye who are known for their fashion are very easy to emulate. (That’s also how trends get started.) These folks are easy to mimic, precisely because their sense of style is so finely tuned. Think of Audrey Hepburn, Steve Jobs, Marilyn Monroe, and other iconic celebrities.

This is now my new threshold. I will know I have achieved a specific, authentic-to-me look if I know it would be easy to dress up as me for Halloween.

Do you think this is awesome, or boring? Is it great to have a streamlined look, or do you prefer to have more variety?

Photo from Vanity Fair.

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Be the Protagonist in Your Life by Wearing an Iconic Outfit

What would your life be like if you wore the same thing all the time?

A lot of characters in books and TV do it.

I’ve been watching the Netflix show BoJack Horseman, and the characters are consistently wearing the same outfit. Sometimes they change it up for a minute, but they always go back to their standard ensemble. I think about this a lot.

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There’s a woman in New York who created a uniform for herself, and she wears copies of it every day. Obama admits that he essentially wears only a grey suit or a blue suit. I’ve also been watching the hilarious web comedy Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and Jerry seems to have a uniform pretty down pat: jeans, funky athletic shoes, dress shirt, and a blazer. I have not seen him significantly deviate from that formula.

With all of this in mind I’m compelled to ask, what would my uniform look like? Lately: Jeans, dark top, scarf, and jacket or cardigan. But sometimes: dress with blazer. Or sweater with burgundy or forest green pants. For someone with a capsule wardrobe, I actually change my look quite a bit. I’m not sure the “one look” iconic outfit is for me. Would you try it? Are you already doing it? What would your uniform look like?