The world’s most successful people—think Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, Karl Lagerfeld and Angelina Jolie—all have one thing in common: a uniform. Whether you opt for a grey t-shirt like Zuckerberg or a smart suit like the President, wearing a similar outfit each day can help improve productivity.
How? By eliminating decision fatigue, which refers to the deteriorating quality of choices made by someone after making a long series of decisions. And what is life but a never-ending session of decision making?
Even though this technique has been around for ages (consider the men’s suit), it makes perfect sense that this method is taking off in today’s KonMari’d world. A uniformed approach to your wardrobe is just the next step to simplifying your lifestyle in order to make room for the bigger picture.
Let the stress of choosing what to wear to work be a thing of the past and simplify your choices by adopting a uniform. You’ll be in good company.
Why you should wear the same outfit every single day
Steve JobsSuccess and Steve jobs are practically synonymous, so maybe there is some truth behind this uniform thing.Getty Images
Hillary ClintonThe pants make the woman and in this case the woman is calm, cool and collected. Hillary’s pantsuit comes in many variations, all of which make her the baddest boss in town.Getty Images
Christopher Nolan“I don’t like to think about what to wear, so I just wear the same thing every day,” Nolan tells the Director’s Guild of America. His preference for office attire stems from his boarding school uniform days.Getty Images
Simon CowellWhile he's telling people whether they've got talent or not, Simon prefers to wear grey, white or black shirts.Getty Images
Vera WangDressed usually in black and leggings (a far cry from her intricately detailed wedding designs), Wang tells Harper’s Bazaar of her uniform, “Like most designers, I have a uniform, and mine is a legging. And if it’s not a legging, it’s a pant that’s like a legging.”Getty Images
Mark ZuckerbergHis grey t-shirt gives him more time to focus on more important things in life, like Facebook.Getty Images
Angelina JolieOff the red carpet, Angelina regularly opts for a uniform of black, grey and white.Getty Images
Barack ObamaWhat better example of success than the 44th President of the United States of America? Seen almost exclusively in either grey or blue suits, President Obama likes to keep his sartorial choices simple. “I don't want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make," he tells Vanity Fair.Getty Images
Karl LagerfeldKaiser Karl’s signature black and white uniform is just as ubiquitous as his illustrious career.Getty Images
Kim Hastreiter“Loosely inspired by my all-time favorite uniform, the classic Mao suit,” the Paper magazine editor says of her signature style. Her piece de resistance? Signature cherry red eyeglasses by Robert Marc.Getty Images
Bill CunninghamThe late Bill Cunningham’s beloved street style photos were as consistent as his blue jacket.Getty Images