Apparently, as he tells it, despite fears that his co-workers would tell him enough was enough, no one did. No one seemed to notice.
Of the five reasons, one of them jumped out at me: reducing decision fatigue.
I guess this is proof that I’m not, by any means, a fashionista. I wear a polo shirt and khakis to work pretty much every day. If I know we have big brass or guests who will meet with me, I might wear a button-down shirt and tie. But for the most part, it’s the polo and khakis. (And by “polo shirt,” I mean a cheap, reasonably priced “polo shirt,” not the brand name version.)
The only “decision fatigue” I would develop in choosing my wardrobe is if I do something other than grab the next one hanging in my closet. For the most part, when I do laundry, I just hang up each shirt, in no particular order, then each morning, I grab the next one in line.
On St. Patrick’s Day, I might opt for a green one intentionally. On Friday, I might grab a brighter-colored shirt because, well, it’s Friday.
Other than that, it’s pretty much the next shirt in line. No decision. No fatigue.
In fairness, I think it’d be infinitely easier for a guy to get away with wearing the same outfit every day. If I really wanted to go to store and buy, say, five black polo shirts and wear a black shirt and khakis every day, I would imagine no one would say a word for quite a while, if ever.
But in the world we live in, a woman trying to pull this off would probably catch a lot more flak about it. I think there’s definitely a different standard on appearance between men and women in the workplace. It’s not fair, of course, but I’d be shocked if a female could get away with wearing the same wardrobe every day as long as a man could. Maybe that’s a good reason to rethink how we judge people on appearance.
I also think it’s possible that the color would matter a great deal: a neutral color like gray or black would probably go unnoticed for a lot longer than a bright color like red or yellow.
Then again, if “decision fatigue” is such a big problem, maybe more workplaces need uniforms so no one has the “what will I wear” decision hanging over them every morning.
Do you ever stress out about what to wear each morning? Have you come up with a way to fight that stress?
Patrick is a Christian with more than 26 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.