Anna Lee Lawson

Dec 3rd, 2012

What’s your uniform?  Maybe dressing helps you create a new identity every day. Maybe you don the same items each morning because you know what works.  We talked to some of our favorite creative people about how they suit up.

U: What is your uniform, the clothes and gear you need to face the day?

AL: Right now I can't get enough of my First Aid Army satchel.  It's just the right size to fit everything I need and looks good casual and dressed up. When I find the right purse I carry it with me till it completely falls apart.  There are things I alwayshave to have in my purse: Tiger Balm, Origins "Peace of Mind," a Kleenex pack, gum, lip balm, Burt's Bee's hand salve, sunglasses (Blublocker or Ray Ban), and sunscreen.  As for clothing I've always been one to keep a closet chock full of variety.  I'm the kind of person who could never eat the same thing over and over again and I'm exactly the same way with my outfits.  I could probably go a year without doing laundry and still never wear it all. I like having unique pieces that are perhaps one of a kind, so most of my clothing are from thrift stores, mostly Value Village in Milwaukee where I'm from and my family still lives.  I also have a large amount of clothes from clothing exchanges and the $1 sale at Jet Rag in Los Angeles. I fill in the blanks to keep things up to date with good finds from cheapie places like Forever 21, H&M, Target and anywhere I stumble upon.  I'll wear things from basically anywhere...I really don't care.  People will often give me clothes that they just "find" because they know I will wear it (and I love them dearly for this!).  I am extremely frugal when it comes to clothes and most of my outfits rarely exceed $30.  I get a real kick out of creating an awesome outfit at little to no cost. 

U: Why? Does it perform a function, embody an ethos, remind you of a feeling or time or place? Is it for you or for others?

When I dress it always for myself. It's what helps me start the day on a good note.  Every morning I take a few moments in bed evaluating how I feel and what I'm in the mood to wear that day.  Each look to me is a character that I am going to capture that day. I think that's why I keep such a variety of clothing.  If I wake up one morning and want to be Laura Dern in "Jurassic Park," it calms me to know I can accomplish this. 

U: What would you add if you could?

AL: There are always a few items that I'm pining after.  Right now there is a pair of boots at Target online that I can't get out of my head.  I know they are only $30, but to me that's a real splurge.  

U: And what would you get rid of?

AL: We (my boyfriend and I) live in such a small apartment that I have gone through my clothing a million times in attempts to scale down.  If I thought I could handle getting rid of it, I already have.  

U: Whose uniform do you admire, even if it's something that wouldn't work for you?

AL: I admire people that are minimal dressers.  I have friends that have ten great pieces they wear everyday or one color they wear everyday.  I wish I could do that.  Every time I move I get over whelmed by the amount of clothing I've acquired.  I also really admire the ladies of Advanced Style. As I get older I can only hope to get bolder, in every way! 

Anna Lee Lawson is a writer, actor and comedian based in Los Angeles, CA.