Remember those secondary school days with the boring uniforms. No matter how colourful they were, wearing the same thing every day always took the fun out of it. I don’t know how we survived this but we did. The worse part was the rules attached to how you wore your uniforms. Your skirt had to be on your belly button, you had to wear white singlets and completely button up your shirt etc etc. I know routine is good for a disciplined life but fashion is not about that. The more freedom you have to explore, the more you have to try out.
There were a couple of us ‘rebels’ that definitely took a risk with our school uniforms. You can’t completely introduce a new skirt but how you wear it is seen as fashionable. We used to start a trend that everyone in the school would decide to incorporate. Then you become a cool kid. That aside, back to the risk. Some people would wear colourful shirts inside their uniform or fold their sleeves. All these were ways to break out of the boring routine. With footwear, we found a way to go crazy- there were different kinds of sandals, but everyone needed to show style by how fashionable your sandals were. The same goes for the kind of socks you wore.
The rules of dressing can also be traced to some workplace. But that is the beauty of fashion. Every sector has the style akin to them. So, as a contractor, you are more relaxed with your dressing (jeans and a t-shirt preferably) something that would cover your legs as well. As a banker, you always have to be corporate. And some banks even have uniforms that should be worn.
The same thing that applies in the school setting can apply to the workplace (although this has been argued to help save time). There are rules for the workplace that can be manipulated to fit the workplace. Instead of going for the usual cliché kind of dressing, you can add a little fab in your work style. It could be the shoe, a brooch, neck scarves, just about anything that would be an addition of you to your office ‘uniform’.
Fashion is the epitome of self-expression. We can go on and on about how uniforms hinder that for us. That is understandable. The fact still remains that there is a chance of individual expression through uniforms. It all depends on your willingness to break a few rules and experiment. This does not mean over the board rebellion, just a little nudge here and there towards uniform fashion freedom. It all depends on you.
#stayfabulous and remember to check back here on Accelerate for all your fashion needs.
Written by Nkem Ikeh