I feel like Steve Jobs whenever I wear thisÂ turtleneck. I admire people like him who wear the same things every day. A signature lookÂ says “I’m too busy making important decisions to care about the latest trends.”
A few years ago, I also reliedÂ a uniform when I was busy juggling school and work. (See my interview with Selflessly Styled on what that consisted of.) It certainlyÂ made life easier. I was living in Paris, so I’m sure no one noticed or caredâ€”everyone there sticks to classics and wears some form of a uniform.
These days, I’m having more fun with fashion and playing with different style identities. Plus my closet is bigger in Canada. But throwing on a simple turtleneck and jeans does throw me back to those halcyon days.
The navy turtle is Everlane’s Luxe Wool Square Turtleneck. The loose, casual fit makes it less stuffy looking. Everlane also offers a cashmere version now. The high rise white jeansÂ are from J Brand, made in the USA.
The heels are Aquazzura’s Sexy Thing Cutout Booties in nude. I’d read that they’re the most comfortable high heel on the market. For 4-inch heels, I can attest that they are. This style has been around for a few years now. They’re distinctive enough to be interesting but not so trendy that they’d go out of style anytime soon.Â I didn’t own any suede nude heels, so I invested in this pair because they’d go with everything. Made in Florence.
The problem with nude suede is that they are bound to get dirty. I bought thisÂ Ugg cleaning kitÂ for the heels. It works wellÂ and gives me peace of mind to know that nude suede can be easily cleaned.
Finding ethically made shoes is a challenge. With so few options, I have to trust independently owned companies. MostÂ brands owned by big corporations are not transparent enough. At least with an independent brand like Aquazzura, they’re small enough that the owner can be hands-on with his employees and factories, and maintain quality control.
WHITE JEANS â€”Â J BRAND
HEELS â€” AQUAZZURA
Do you have a go-to uniform? Let me know in the comments below.