After ten installments of our mini-series The Art of Getting Dressed, supported by Uniqlo, this week, as we wrap up our conversational piece, I thought I'd share my own thoughts on why I get dressed. 

The process of getting dressed is as simple or as complicated as you'd like it to be.  More than anything I live by the philosophy that clothes should make you feel good, and enable you to live. 

From my personal perspective, clothes have always been first and foremost practical. As a child growing up on a remote farm I mostly wore ‘paddock clothes’ that were appropriate for riding horses and doing farm work. As a teenager given a very limited yearly budget, I had to buy the best pieces I could - these were clothes that would be in my wardrobe until I outgrew them. In my late teens/early 20’s, I was studying full-time as well as working full time [in retail] to pay for my camera equipment, uni fees, rent and bills leaving a very limited wardrobe budget.  In my mid 20’s, when I was working full time as a photographer just starting to shoot street style, I was either in a studio or on location wearing practical clothes that allowed me to carry equipment or bend/sit in all sorts of weird positions to get the shot … and now, as a mum to a two-year-old and a personal style photographer, I haven’t changed. I opt for a mid heel over a high, a long skirt over a short, a tee shirt over off the shoulder. 

For me getting dressed each day starts with Harry [my two year old]. He takes up a lot of time in the mornings so I often end up throwing on jeans and a tee before running out the door... my routine takes 10 minutes whether I have endless amounts of time or am rushing out the door. 

I love clothes and these days spend more time shopping for the perfect piece [generally online... for hours and hours], so I know I won’t have to spend any time wondering if it looks good.

I sometimes make conscious style choices, but not always… our clothes express some part of our personality whether we like it to or not... and often I'm too busy to really think about it what I'm saying, if it feels good, is clean or close I'll wear it.

I'd describe my style as minimal, Melbourne and basic, although sometimes unexpected.

My last purchase was a new designer bag [an upgrade to a favourite I have had for years after the conversation with Jared made me think to start shopping in this way].

My style hasn’t really changed in the last 10 years, apart from being a lot more age appropriate [longer hemlines, looser fits].

I’m an impulse shopper who is placing more importance on being intentional.

Inspired by the people I photograph, I also identify with a 90’s Kate Moss - think no makeup, natural hair, a black tee and a satin skirt.

I couldn’t live without my Uniqlo men's tee [this one I think, but don't worry they are all good]… basic, black and goes with everything.

As a confident person I dress to be comfortable. 

Why do you get dressed? xxx