When we launched the Workstyle section of our blog, we didn’t intend to write about fashion, but we couldn’t help covering the topic of work style on Workstyle. What can we say — we’re into the meta nature of things. Some of us are familiar with school uniforms but we don’t typically associate uniforms with work — at least not in the office environment. Unless of course you conjure up images of Steve Jobs in his famous black turtleneck, Mark Zuckerberg and his gray t-shirt, and the uniforms many men wear to work every single day: the shirt & tie, and the suit. But recently, the topic of work uniforms has become the talk of the Internet — art director Matilda Kahl wrote about her conscious commitment to a self-imposed work uniform in Harper’s Bazaar; she argued that the decision has not only saved her money, but simplified her morning routine and freed up mental energy she now puts toward her creative work.
We asked Asanas — specifically female Asanas — how they felt about work uniforms, the pros and cons of uniforms, and if any of them have established work uniforms themselves. Responses varied: many female Asanas felt that the conversation felt unnecessarily gendered; some expressed that outfit choices were a representation of confidence and power in a male-dominated industry, while others still were open to the idea of a uniform — they just needed some styling help. Calling J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons, who arguably has a solid work uniform nailed down.