My Self-Imposed Uniform

 BLAZER: GAP- OLD  [SIMILAR]  / BLACK LONG SLEEVE CREW NECK:  GAP  / HIGH WASITED BLACK JEANS:  LEVI'S   711 SKINNY /  BLACK ANKLE BOOTIES:  ASOS  / LIP:  NUDESTIX IN BELLE

BLAZER: GAP- OLD [SIMILAR] / BLACK LONG SLEEVE CREW NECK: GAP / HIGH WASITED BLACK JEANS: LEVI'S 711 SKINNY / BLACK ANKLE BOOTIES: ASOS / LIP: NUDESTIX IN BELLE

Experimenting with fashion pieces in my closet to reflect my personal style is one of my favorite ways to express myself, though Monday through Friday my attention is focused on my duties as a stay-at-home mom, so I have a self-imposed uniform and I love it. 

Some of the women whose style I admire most have a bit of a methodology to their way of dressing, and it reduces the decision fatigue of trying on piece after piece to see if they go together, which often ends in a pile of unfolded clothes on the bed. Emmaunelle Alt, Garance Dore, Jeanne Damas, Charlotte Casiraghi, Giorgia Tordini, Maja Wyh, Olivia Palermo, Caroline de Maigret, and Erin Wasson are just a few of my style icons and together they all look so polished, put together, and yet not overdone. You can see more of what inspires my style over on my Pinterest board called STYLE. 

all black / self-imposed uniform / nicolemcaruso.com

When you can have a simple uniform base layer like black jeans (these high-waisted stretchy Levi's) with a neutral top, you can throw nearly anything over it and look instantly stylish. An all-black-everything outfit is my favorite ensemble for nearly every occasion, because it can be easily changed for events with the addition of sparkly, chunky jewelry, a printed overcoat, or bright silk scarf. Not to mention, it hides food stains, spilled coffee, and nearly everything else you'd find within 3 feet of a toddler. And, as one of my best friends always says, "black makes everything look more expensive." 

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