It's an interesting dichotomy: Many of the people responsible for the most fanciful, mesmerizing, statement-making clothes and magazine shoots dress in a way that starkly contrasts their creative visions. Innovative designers like Karl Lagerfeld and Carolina Herrera, along with powerful editors like Emmanuelle Alt and Edward Enninful, have all relied on different versions of uncomplicated, simple personal uniforms—and they're ripe for copying.
Unlike fashion chameleons such as Naomi Campbell and Cara Delevingne who are constantly reinventing their personal style, these eight famous fashion insiders are known for signature pieces. You have Lagerfeld's infamous skinny jeans and gloves, as well as Anna Wintour's printed midi dresses worn with nude sandals. Yep, Virgil Alboh, Alexander Wang, and Grace Coddington made the list too. Scroll down to shop eight basics inspired by the most famous fashion uniforms.
White Button-Down Shirt
Before retiring from her namesake brand in 2018, Carolina Herrera took her runway bows in her signature crisp button-down shirts, typically white and usually paired with an A-line skirt.
Everlane Relaxed Poplin Shirt ($55)
Madewell Drapey Oversized Boyshirt ($65)
Black Skinny Jeans
The late, great Karl Lagerfeld almost never wavered from his uniform of a blazer, skinny jeans, and suede ankle boots—oh, and don't forget the gloves.
Levi's Mile High Skinny Jeans ($98)
Nude Heeled Sandals
As I've covered before, Anna Wintour is a die-hard loyalist to her Manolo Blahnik nude strappy sandals, which she wears with a printed dress nine out of 10 times.
Stuart Weitzman NearlyNude Leather Sandals ($400)
Considering he has a popular Off-White x Nike collaboration, it's no surprise that designer Virgil Abloh is rarely seen without Nike sneakers on.
Nike Air Force 1 '07 Sneakers ($90)
Nike Air Max 270 Premium Sneakers ($150)
Emmanuelle Alt, Vogue Paris's editor in chief, is one of the most stylish women in fashion without ever having to try very hard (or perhaps because she doesn't try hard). Her simple go-to uniform consists of a white T-shirt, oversize blazer, jeans, and ankle boots.
Eileen Fisher Crewneck Tee ($68)
Ninety Percent + Net Sustain Jenna Organic Cotton T-Shirt ($45)
Grace Coddington, one of American Vogue's most beloved editors, is known for creating fanciful and over-the-top editorials, but IRL she prefers understated pieces like black trousers and classic white sneakers.
Superga Cotu Sneakers ($65)
Adidas Stan Smith Sneakers ($80)
British Vogue's editor in chief, Edward Enninful, always keeps it classy in a sleek suit (and often has a famous model or designer on his arm to boot).
Madewell Double Breasted Solid Blazer ($158)
Alexander Wang's personal style is similar to his namesake brand in that it's cool, laid-back, and never overdone. A baggy T-shirt is required, but his low-slung jeans are optional.
Alexander Wang Short Sleeve T-Shirt With Graphic ($195)
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