Why Successful People Choose To Wear The Same Thing Every Day:
You may be curious to know why anybody would intentionally choose to wear the same outfit every day—especially when the money is not a question for them.
Here are the eight reasons Why Successful People Choose To Wear The Same Thing Every Day.
1. Fewer decisions.
Decision fatigue refers to the deteriorating quality of decisions made by an individual after a long session of decision making. For people who make significant decisions every day, the removal of even one — choosing clothes in the morning — leaves them with more mental space and better productivity throughout the day.
This forms the basis for President Barack Obama’s limited fashion options, ’You’ll see I wear only grey or blue suits. I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.’ Mark Zuckerberg cites similar rationale. One less frivolous decision in the morning leads to better decisions on things that really matter.
2. Less time wasted.
We have no idea how much of a burden our possessions have become until we begin to remove them. But when we do, we immediately discover a new life of freedom and opportunity. It was almost five years ago that I first experimented with Project 333—a personal challenge of wearing only 33 articles of clothing for a period of 3 months. The project is simple, life-changing, and wildly beneficial. I quickly discovered one of the greatest benefits of limiting my wardrobe: the gift of time. Getting ready in the morning became easier, quicker, and more efficient.
3. Less stress.
Matilda Kahl, an art director in New York cites both decision fatigue and less time getting ready as her reason for wearing the same outfit everyday. But she adds another: less stress—specifically, less stress during the day over the decision she originally made in the morning. “Is this too formal? Is that too out there? Is this dress too short? Almost always, I’d choose something to wear I regretted as soon as I hit the subway platform.” But now, in her trademark silk white shirt and black trousers, she has one less source of anxiety during the day.
4. Style and Sophistication Over Trend
Successful people understand that they are often judged by their physical appearance. This includes the clothing that they wear. Some are able to ignore this altogether, others not so well. Most successful people find a look that is comfortable, functional, and flattering for them. Once they find this look, they stick to it. In some cases, the look becomes their signature. One very well-known example of this is the late Steve Jobs.
5. Less Maintenance and Organisation
Having a smaller wardrobe means less energy maintaining and organising it. Successful people like to put their energy into important tasks and having a large variety of clothes means more time doing tasks such as washing, drying and ironing. Not only that but the clothes take up valuable space. Our possessions and the amount we have can say a lot about us, with clutter and too much stuff showing a disorganised mind. Freeing up storage space will not only lead to less need for organisation time but also gives you a sense of space both literally in your wardrobe and in your mind.
6. Boost Confidence.
It’s not just about efficiency and simplifying your life: each man in the examples given above has chosen his set uniform based on what is expected from them, and what they feel most comfortable in. This ensures that no matter how late you wake up, or whatever pressing business you have to attend that day: you already know that whatever you are wearing has been preselected at an earlier stage by you.
Being able to point to any combination of clothing out of a curated selection means we can psychologically depend on a working ‘uniform’ and immediately feel ready for work by association.
7. Less expense.
Our closets are full of clothes and shoes purchased, but rarely worn. The average American family spends $1,700 on clothes annually. Which may not seem like a lot—until you consider that most clothing purchases are not based on need at all. In 1930, the average American woman owned nine outfits. Today, that figure is 30—one for every day of the month
8. They Don’t Care
Does anybody really think that Albert Einstein mulled over his wardrobe decisions? Of course he didn’t. Highly successful people are often highly focused people. They have a talent, they know what it is, and they use that talent to help others and to achieve further success. Wardrobe simply does not enter their minds.
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