Is wearing the same outfit every day a good idea?

Important men with important jobs all have one thing in common: they wear a suit. Because like Obama once said about suits, “I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” A suit is neutral but the idea of wearing a suit is practical for these high-placed gentlemen who don’t have to crack their heads about something as trivial as clothes.

That’s never changed. What has changed is that women have made the move from the kitchen to the boardroom and have also had to cope with difficult decisions. Only a woman doesn’t wear a suit but stands there staring at her wardrobe every morning.

“Ridiculous”, says Matilda Kahl, Art Director with the world famous Saatchi & Saatchi. Every morning she had a tough nut to crack, choosing what to wear, always resulting in unnecessary stress, for this reason she decided to put and end to this. From now on she was going to wear the same thing every day. She bought 15 white silk blouses and just as many black slacks and voilà the suit she always felt comfortable in was born. In an article for Harper’s Bazaar she wrote about running late for an important meeting because of an outfit crisis: “ I had completely stressed myself out, and for what? This was not the first morning I’d felt this unnecessary panic, but I decided it would be the last.”

I can really relate to this. My state of mind is mostly determined by what I’m wearing that day. If I feel good in my clothes, I feel good in my head but if halfway through the day I start resenting my outfit, I resent everything. That semi-appointment to have drinks with my friend, I cancel or I cycle home beforehand to change. Sounds silly maybe but that’s the way it is.

I let the success of a meeting or even a whole day depend on my clothes.

If I have something important planned you can bet it will cost me days of tormented worrying to decide what to wear. For example my visit to Bill Cunningham, what do you wear when you’re about to meet Bill? Keep in mind it was raining insanely hard all day, so I wanted to look modish but not overdo it. I also wanted to look feminine, colorful and original but at the same time did not want to be judged as a brainless fashion bimbo by all those important journalists when visiting their department at the New York Times. In short, I had a lot on my plate.

This is the story of my life. If I’m meeting up for drinks after work I have to wear something that’s office-proof and drinks-proof. If important people are coming to the office for a meeting I’ll be sure to wear a smashing suit because then I’ll know it’ll all work out fine. I let the success of a meeting or even a whole day depend on my clothes, not something I consider a good thing. On the other hand I do have lots of nice clothes and shoes so to take it as far as Matilda did might be pushing it, maybe I’ll just make a few emergency sets. Or some sets that I know always look good. Or maybe I could just give it a try for a week or so and wear the same thing every day. Dear colleagues if I do decide to do this, my washing machine didn’t break down and I haven’t been sleeping somewhere else all week, it’s all in the name of science, just so you know. So, maybe, to be continued…