Friday, February 19, 2010

the uniform project, with no exaggeration, the best fashion-related thing I've ever seen. One of the reasons why I started writing about style is to express my admiration for people like Sheena Matheiken: a New York based designer who pledged to wear the same little black dress every day for a year. The project kicked off on May 1st of last year, and Sheena put together a new outfit daily, accessorizing the LBD with a creativity that never ceases to surprise me. Most of the accessories are donated, many of them are vintage, thrifted, or hand-made out of recycled materials. The project is also a fundraiser: through the Uniform Project website one can donate money to a foundation that deals with educational programs for children in Indian slums.

I've been following this project for some months now, and it happened often that a visit to made my day. Hats off to Sheena and co for giving an alternative to buyism, for illustrating that fashion can be sustainable, for all the amazing accessories designers they made known, and for the charity work they're doing, all through one project. Finally, the project has been an inspiration for me in several ways (and for many others, too, judging from the comment section on the website). Drawing inspiration from Sheena, I put together a couple of outfits with my own little black dress, but i haven't decided if i'll be posting looks here. Ah, nevermind my own. Just look at what she wore the other day:

Love the tights and the wedges. And the jacket is made from vintage Italian upholstery fabric!

Ok, here's more. Some of my favorites:

Alright, I'd be uploading all day if I were to post ALL of my favorites. The best thing to get an idea is to go to the source. When I first saw the website, I checked out the outfits she wore on important dates in my own calendar:)


  1. really nice, but she just copied what you had been doing for 2 years)).

    of course, when done for such an extensive period of time, the accessories start fitting in only with a bit of a stretch. sometimes else, the dress itself is not even noticeable (see the christmas edition). but i liked the on from 16th of January, simple and genuine).
    the 3rd and 4th from your list are also cute. the 3rd could be even better without the hat.

    16 of february is great, but where is the dress? (does using it as underwear count:)?

    11th of february so cute!!

    29th of january ++

    ok, i'll stop here. but you r right, she does bring something nice to one's day.

    ok, i'll sto

  2. July 29 - wow..

    for the previous comment, the word i had to type in in order to get it published was 'mastrit' - pretty close).

  3. i liked all of the ones you mentioned...And many more. I agree that sometimes the dress is almost invisible, or irrelevant to the outfit (like dec 25, as you rightly noted), but the number of cases like that is negligible, and Sheena's idea still gets across.

    didn't know you have to type in a word to leave a comment..maybe I should turn it off..but if it has telepathic qualities, it might be fun leaving it on)