Uniform Dressing - Why It Works So Well For Mums (And What It Actually Means) - The Grace Tales

Uniform Dressing – Why It Works So Well For Mums (And What It Actually Means)

If you asked me pre-kids what a uniform-style wardrobe meant, I would have answered with a roll of the eyes and a single word - boring!

As a fashion editor, I not only love but embrace trends; and experimenting with prints, colours and silhouettes is something I always looked forward to each new season. While I still love trends and fashion now, I’m much savvier when it comes to what is worthy of my time and cash, which is why uniform dressing has utterly transformed (in the best possible way) how I get dressed each morning… 

The premise is simple because uniform dressing is exactly that, simple. The idea is to keep a small number of items in your wardrobe fuss-free, high quality and all in line with each other, meaning you can just grab and go in the morning without worrying about whether a top matches a skirt and if you have the right shoes and bag to finish it all off. Sticking to a neutral or monochromatic colour palette works best, while focusing on quality over quantity is the key to ensuring you’ll love each piece every time you wear them. 

If, like me once upon a time, you think the sound of wearing the same style of clothes each week sounds kind of uninspiring, prepare to be enlightened. When you find a classic shirt, the perfect pair of jeans or shoes that literally look good with everything, there really is no need to reach for anything else in your wardrobe. From the school run to grocery shopping or meetings and beyond, these are the pieces that guarantee you’ll look good and feel good with minimal fuss each morning. 

A Pull-On-Skirt

A pull-on skirt that is as flattering as it is comfortable. Wear with a matching ribbed top or a plain white tee and sneakers for seriously chic mum-on-the-run vibes. 

Joseph, $624



Any outfit that self-styles is a big yes in our book, especially when it combines the insouciant ease of a breezy but pulled-together silhouette. 

Posse, $259

The New White Shirt

Nope, not man-style, the puff-sleeves make this wardrobe staple decidedly more feminine and we can’t get enough of it teamed with simple denim or a utility-style A-line skirt.

Mango, $79.95

Just Like Gwyneth

Dressed high or low, this is the ultimate wardrobe saviour for days you need to run around or evenings where a heel and red lip are the only options. A worthwhile investment piece. 

Matteau, $500

Hiker Sandals

When you love the comfort of a Birkenstock but want something a little more dressy. Wear with, well,  everything. 

Bassike, $550

Classic Shades

Not huge, not tiny, just right. Never underestimate the power of a great pair of (slightly cat-eye) black sunglasses. 

Le Specs, $105

A Multi-Use Handbag

A cross-body bag that transforms into a ladylike satchel seamlessly. It’s mum-friendly, super chic and plain genius. 

Mansur Gavriel, $1,100

Throw On, But Make It Chic

A wardrobe hero if we ever saw one, you’ll be reaching for this simple but statement-making ivory dress time and time again. 

Amanda Uprichard, $360

The Perfect Tee

Take note of the new T-shirt silhouette that will transform your wardrobe separates – round neck, slightly fitted, elbow-length sleeves… 

Agolde, $86


Budget Blues

Proof that the perfect pair of jeans don’t have to cost the earth. 

Zara, $49.95

The Only Tank You'll Need

A great layering piece or wear on its own with some high waisted shorts and a bucket hat. We won’t judge if you add the white, pink, black and navy to cart and don’t wear anything else all summer. 

J. Crew, $37

Utilitarian White Sneakers

You’ve probably been through all the trend-based sneakers on offer by now, but trust us when we say white leather tennis shoes are fail-safe in every way. 

Spring Court, $235