The Viva Guide To Uniform Dressing

Skip morning wardrobe panic with these stylish staples


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The perfect pair of jeans is a great base for any wardrobe, offering myriad possibilities for day and night. A classic pair of Levi's 501s are endlessly versatile — for work-friendly attire, pair with chic black heels and add interest with finer details like hosiery and a neckerchief.

Levi's jeans $170. Juliette Hogan T-shirt $269. Isabel Marant bag, $1259, from Workshop. Sempre Di shoes, $390, from Scarpa. Leo+Be scarf $29. Levante fishnet tights, $23, from Farmers.

Layer up with a cardigan that can be worn over your t-shirt, or knotted around the shoulders on warmer days. If you're more a fan of flats, these black leather shoes from Intentionally Blank are still a step up from sneakers and are perfect for work and beyond.

Levi's jeans $170. Juliette Hogan T-shirt $269. Commes des Garcons cardigan, $439, from Fabric. Intentionally Blank shoes, $229, from Good As Gold. Jasmin Sparrow earrings, $170, and bracelet $300. Levante fishnet tights, $23, from Farmers.

This dress from Kowtow is a great multi-tasker, as it can be worn and layered multiple ways. With the V-neck side to the front, layer over your white t-shirt and pair with a cross-body bag and crisp white sneakers for a cool yet classy look.

Kowtow dress $249. Juliette Hogan T-shirt $269. Isabel Marant bag, $1259, from Workshop. Witchery shoes $150. Hansel From Basel socks, $46, from Smith & Caughey's. Glassons earrings $13.

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A white silk shirt is indispensable when it comes to a hard-working wardrobe, and this one from Theory has a beautiful tie that can be knotted different ways. Layered under your black dress (scoop neck at the front) a dressy bow pairs nicely with statement earrings, socks and heels.

Kowtow dress $249. Theory shirt, $550, from Muse. Jasmin Sparrow earrings $300. Sempre Di shoes, $390, from Scarpa. Trasparenze socks, $23, from Smith & Caughey's.

That same shirt will serve you just as well worn with tailored black trousers — these ones from Shjark are relaxed and flattering with front pleats and a waist-tie. Add some structure with a tweed blazer, like this one from Rag & Bone, and elevate the look with your black heels.

Theory shirt, $550, from Muse. Shjark trousers $369. Rag & Bone blazer, $870, from Adorno. Sempre Di shoes, $390, from Scarpa.

A relaxed trouser is an off-duty winner too — worn with a classic Breton-striped top, like this one from Margaret Howell, and your white sneakers, it's a perfect weekend look.

Shjark trousers $369. Margaret Howell top, $138, from Adorno. Witchery shoes $150. Isabel Marant bag, $1259, from Workshop. Leo+Be scarf worn on head $29.

Wear your stripes layered under a versatile trench for winter — this one from Gregory is a lovely warm tan shade. Pair with a woolen skirt, like this kilt-style skirt from Margaret Howell, for a stylish alternative to pants.

Margaret Howell top, $138, and skirt, $1200, from Adorno. Gregory coat $749. Hansel From Basel socks, $46, from Smith & Caughey's. Intentionally Blank shoes, $229, from Good As Gold. Le Specs sunglasses $70.

Add a subversive kick to a prim and proper look with fishnets and black heels — the removeable strap on that Isabel Marant bag proves your accessories can work just as hard as the rest of your wardrobe.

Margaret Howell skirt, $1200, from Adorno. Theory shirt, $550, from Muse. Levante fishnet tights, $23, from Farmers. Sempre Di shoes, $390, from Scarpa. Isabel Marant bag worn as clutch, $1259, from Workshop. Jasmin Sparrow hair slide $330.

Layering is a cinch thanks to uniform dressing — we love how the bow on that silk shirt can be wrapped like a scarf, and the cardigan's burgundy shade pairs nicely with the golden trench. Clean white sneakers help keep the whole ensemble current and fresh.

Margaret Howell skirt, $1200, from Adorno. Theory shirt, $550, from Muse. Comme des Garcons cardigan, $439, from Fabric. Gregory coat $749. Witchery shoes $150.

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