What I Wore: My Uniform


I have always liked the idea of a uniform. I like the order that it brings to dressing - the simplicity. Since I wear a coat and tie everyday, getting dressed in the morning can be a daunting if I have not decided beforehand what I am going to wear. It also lends itself to creating a definitive personal style.

The 'uniform' that I seem to have settled in to over the winter is a grey sport coat, charcoal trousers, white/ecru shirt and a black tie with some texture to it. It is a simple look, but tougher to execute well. You can easily look like a penguin, or worse, a waiter. With an outfit like this, the devil is in the details. Grey and black on their own can look very stark, a tad serious. The best way to mitigate this in my opinion is by using texture to give it some interest, like a herringbone tweed or a Donegal jacket instead of a plain weave, and to use details like a silk knit tie and a button down shirt to add some playfulness.

I realize that for many a reader, this outfit may not be for them. Nor may the idea of a having a uniform. To quote the late Hardy Amies A man should look as if he had bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care, and then forgotten all about them. Having a tried and tested look can make your life a little easier, allowing you to concentrate on the things that really matter.

Jason Byron Reynolds


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