The Benefits of Wearing the Same Outfit to Work Everyday


We get it. No one wants to be seen wearing the same outfit every day. It makes you look boring, flat, and uninspired. However, according to industry experts on Business Insider, if you look at the planet's long history of successful entrepreneurs, such as Vogue's Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes, you'll find one thing in common — they wear the same thing every day.

Before we begin, let's make one thing clear: "same" doesn't have to mean wearing the same clothes. We're talking about patterns, textures, and accessories (more info here) that you'll be wearing so much they'll practically be wardrobe staples. Plus, it'll be useful not only for your office image but mental health as well. Keep reading to find out why.

Helps build your personal brand

Much like how McDonald's is distinctively yellow and red or how Apple feels like it's part of an exclusive club, picking the certain outfits and sticking to them builds an image of you. Woman Within has these straight leg pants which exude a very relaxed vibe, and wearing similar outfits will make you seem like a casual, laidback person overall. But if you'd rather have a more serious image, then wearing Lark & Ro's classic button blazers might be more your style. The important part is to wear the same outfit every day — so people associate you with it more.

Opens extra time in the morning

Business consultant Masha Maskina has talked about how employees are easily stressed, and "[change] only adds to the anxiety level." Sure, she was referring to adjusting to a rapidly shifting job market. However, this tip can also apply to clothes. Instead of stressing over what to wear in the morning, wear the usual, and use those extra minutes to make yourself some breakfast or go over the day's agenda.

Make one less decision everyday

Decision fatigue is real, and it's more taxing than physical fatigue. The more choices your brain has to make, the more tired it gets. And if it's exhausted, it'll be more difficult to make decisions. For example, instead of thinking things through, you'll be tempted to "get it over with" and make reckless decisions. Making extra choices, even harmless ones like picking out an outfit, wears you down over time. Save yourself the trouble with your very own "uniform."

Minimizes your wardrobe

Every year, more than 15 million tons of textile waste is generated in the U.S. alone, and it's mostly because people buy clothes that look "nice" but will rarely wear. Not only will you be doing your part to help the environment, your closet will appear less cluttered too. The habit of fixing your wardrobe carries over to other tasks like stacking documents and filing records. Being organized is more than a habit—it's a lifestyle.

Feel good in whatever you're wearing

Another great thing about having staple outfits is that you'll never have to worry if they pair well or not. Are you the type who goes into the office with a pinstripe shirt and toe pumps? Floral prints and belted pants? Orvis' Gingham jackets and high boots? If you've tested a particular combination once, liked it, then you'll always feel good about wearing it.

With all that being said, wearing the same outfits to work everyday doesn't have to be boring or meaningless. In fact, it may just be the thing you need to enhance your productivity and feel better on the job. But of course, there's no harm in wanting to dress up and express yourself through style. At the end of the day, comfort is what's most important.

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It’s Time for Women to Stop Worrying About Being “Too Much”

We are living in a time when women are rising to new heights which means they are regularly being confronted with the fear of being "too much". For women in business this is pervasive and costly.

A few ways women can be perceived as "too much" are:

Speaking up about their successes and achievements.

Sharing one too many photos of their cute kids.

Telling one too many people about that date night.

Looking a little too good in that swimsuit.

These can lead to being publicly attacked on social media or privately slandered which in turn leads to women dimming their light and walking on egg shells in hopes of avoiding conflict and judgement.

The minute a woman feels it's unsafe to shine she will begin to overthink, worry, and fear how she shows up in the world.

Forgetting to announce the book is done and the interview is live.

Choosing to focus on what's still on the to-do list rather than what's been checked off.

Many female entrepreneurs are subconsciously altering their behavior in an attempt to not attract too much attention to themselves, rather than focusing on allowing authenticity and magnetism to attract their ideal clients and community.

Women are afraid of being criticized, ostracized, and abandoned by other women for simply being who they are. This leads to quite the quantum when being who you are is simplest way to accelerate the growth of your business.

New research shows men are far more comfortable with self promotion than women are. Researchers found that men rate their own performance 33 percent higher than equally performing women. What we know is that self promotion pays off and this is where women are missing the boat.

The world needs more women to step into leadership roles and no longer be intimidated about creating six and seven figure careers.

Here are five ways to release the fear of being "too much":

1. Approve of yourself.

While it feels good to receive outside validation it will never be enough if you don't first appreciate yourself. The key to having a healthy support system is to make sure you are part of it. Being your biggest critic is what your mother's generation did. It's now time to be your biggest cheerleader. Becoming aware of self talk will reveal what belief is ready to be re-wired. Create a simply mantra that affirms how incredible capable you are.

2. Connect deeply to those you serve.

One powerful way to shift out of people pleasing behavior is to get clear on who actually matters to the wellbeing and success of your life and business. Leadership is not about being the most popular, instead it's a decision to be brave for those who can't be. Take a few minutes each day to visualize and meditate on those your business serves and supports. See your future clients moving toward you every time you choose to stand in your power and use your authentic voice.

3. Remember the legacy you wish to leave.

Having your life purpose and legacy in writing is one of the most transformational exercises you can do. Reading this often will keep you focused on what matters. Knowing what you wish to leave in the hearts of those you love most is incredibly grounding. You didn't come here to keep your mouth shut, dilute your truth, or dim your light-you came here to make a difference.

4. Forgive those who have been unsupportive in the past.

The past has a way of informing the future in a negative way when there is unresolved pain. Take a few minutes to get quiet and ask yourself who you have unforgiveness towards or maybe their name came to mind as you read this article. Listening to a forgiveness meditation or writing a letter to the person you are ready to forgive are both simple and effective ways to process and heal.

5. Be part a community of bright, successful women.

Meaningful relationships with others who have similar aspirations is what will keep you out of isolation and playing small. These connections can happen in a networking group, online community or a local Meetup. Thriving in every area of life is depend on you knowing where you belong and being celebrated there. Don't wait to be invited, go actively seek out people and places that support your dreams and desires.

6. Accept you can have it all.

Women have been fed a lie for generations that says, you can have love or money. Decide you can have it all and allow it to flow to you. You can have a successful career and an amazing mother. You can balance motherhood and loving marriage. Don't let anyone write the rules for you. This is the time to create the life you desire on your terms.

7. Celebrate everything!

The fastest way to leave the haters in the dust is to celebrate everything! At the end of each day lay in bed and recall the best moments. At the end of each week, publicly acknowledge and celebrate what's good in your life. Once a month, have a celebration dinner and share it with those who have helped you in the journey. If there's something good happening, talk about it with everyone who will listen!

May you be a woman who chooses to shine so that others may be reminded of all they can be and do.