For the Uniform Project, Brooklyn resident Sheena Matheiken decided to see if she could wear one dress (or more accurately, seven copies of the same black dress) every day for a year. Having grown up in India, where she attended Catholic schools, Metheiken became interested in the ways that people customize uniforms to let their personalities come through. But it's also a timely concept, given that right now so many of us are forced to do more with less.
Matheiken's got an edge in that she worked with a designer friend to create the ultimate customizable dress--it's made from breathable cotton for seasonal versatility and can be worn front to back or as a tunic when unbuttoned. Matheiken uses a selection of accessories and separates culled from eBay, thrift stores, and her own collection to change up the look--pinning on a row of handmade bows, going Old West with a cowboy hat and denim vest, layering it over another, ruffled dress. (You can even send her your own cast-off accessories, or, if you're a designer, some of your work.)