My Uniform / by Alaina Kaczmarski

...THE INSPIRATION BEHIND IT AND HOW I'LL TRANSITION IT INTO SPRING

It all started when I saw Nicole Warne pop up in an Everygirl article with that great green trench and perfect cat eye. BOY did I love what she had going on.

Then I watched Our Brand is Crisis on the flight to Vietnam (which I highly recommend by the way) and fell in love with Sandra Bullock's character's wardrobe. Silk tops, camel overcoat, loafers, trousers... a lot of menswear-inspired classics. Keep in mind when I showed my friend the look, she saw frumpy, I saw chic. This look clearly isn't everyone's cup of tea but I was inspired.

And lastly of course, the dramatic overcoat worn by one Benedict Cumberbatch on my favorite show Sherlock has been a favorite of mine since season 1. I'm not going to lie, an oversize black overcoat makes you feel instantly badass.

These three style icons + 30 minutes of Pinterest browsing later and my style for our Europe trip last month was decided (more posts on the trip itself coming soon!). There were a few great camel overcoats on ASOS but they were mostly sold out in the size I needed. But I found this black wool trench and these pointed toe sneakers from Everlane (the latter of which is literally the coolest thing I've ever owned) and knew it was a better investment. When the time came to pack, I gathered up all my best basics (jeans, black pants, way too many shoes) + my new coat and sneaks and I was ready to go!

I believe the words I'm looking for are...

Now I realize it looks like I'm wearing the same outfit in all these... not entirely my intention. The weather ended up being much colder so I actually had to wear the winter coat every day. Not complaining. But underneath was a variety of white, grey, and black tops, black pants and jeans, and the 7 pairs of shoes I packed. None of which were comfortable enough for the cobblestone streets in Prague. Seriously. Word of advice: if you ever visit Prague, pack your gym shoes. You'll need them!

I've actually continued to wear this simple uniform back at home (save for the wide brim hat) which has made getting ready every day a breeeeze. But with spring temps finally rising, I need to change it up... see below:

COOL IT DOWN: black trenchbeanie | black toteipad case
 pointed sneakersglasses | tassel scarf
WARM IT UP: linen jumpsuit | white backpack | camerawhite sneakers
beige trench | panama hat | shadesscarfstrappy sandal

Do you have a go-to outfit? Do you mix it up every season? Year?