Friday, May 3, 2013

The Uniform

Trend forecasters can say whatever they want about what will be "in" and what will be "out" in any given season, but the proof is in the pudding. The pudding, in this case, would be what everyone actually ends up wearing, living in, and loving. In  a New York fashion office, this can sometimes be hilariously obvious. It's would seem that it's not just women's bodies that find themselves in sync, but apparently it's also their closets.

At my last job, at any given meeting, there would be at least three girls in red jeans and a dressy black top. Over the summer, we all had floor-length knit dresses we'd top off with vests, jackets, cardigans, and sometimes even knotted tee shirts. In the early fall, I can't tell you how many variations of a navy and white striped long sleeved tee or sweater I saw paired with a medium wash pair of straight leg jeans. This winter, though, the uniform was particularly hilarious.

Good old chambray shirts have been en vogue for a few seasons now, but this fall/winter/early spring, they have really hit their stride in my office. What's even funnier, though, is that we've all decided that Madewell is the best place to buy our chambray button downs, so we all have one of three of them. The perfect bottoms? Black skinny jeans, of course. I personally have been alternating between a pair of ankle length black corduroys and some very stretchy skinny black Joe's Jeans. And then, of course, there's the shoe of the season: The high top wedge sneaker. We all loved them, and we all bought them. I want to say some fifty percent of us bought the Nike Sky-Hi Dunks.

So, when yesterday I looked around in a sample review meeting only to see that more than half of us were wearing some variation of the same outfit, I had to have a little giggle. This wasn't the first time it'd happened, and I'd guess it won't be the last. So, I thought make a little sketch and share, in case you want to look like you're part of some kind of denim cheerleading squad with the rest of us.

Happy Friday!

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