A Case For Wearing Your Favorite Outfits Over and Over Again

Fight the feeling of being judged and reap the many benefits of your uniform.

It’s no coincidence that many successful people tend to wear the same outfit day in and day out. Most popular examples include Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, but you can find these people from all industries and professions, all over the world.

Why do they do this? It’s simple. The benefits are clear and there are many of them.

And as with having a minimalist wardrobe, no real downsides exist. Our natural reaction is to fear people judging us, as we’ve grown so accustomed to changing outfits every day. Truth is, some could be judging you — but the feeling is probably exaggerated.

Let’s take a look at the benefits, after which you can decide for yourself if they’re worth it to go against the norm of constantly changing your look.

Benefits of Wearing the Same Outfit Over and Over Again

1. Reduce Decision Fatigue

People who make lots of decisions on a daily basis — which is pretty much all of us — face decision fatigue, which refers to the deterioration in quality and willpower that occurs after making lots of decisions.

We can all benefit greatly from removing a single decision from our daily life that perhaps weighs us down the most: choosing our outfit.

By removing such a taxing decision, we’re left with more mental space which makes us more productive throughout the day.

2. Save Time

Raise your hand if you have ever spent hours (or at least an unhealthy amount of time) choosing your outfit for the day.

Choosing from a hundred different articles of clothing is a lot more time-consuming than picking one out of two or three ready-to-go outfits.

So wearing the same outfit (or one out of a few) regularly can save you a lot of time.

3. Reduce Stress

Do you often find yourself doubting the outfit you chose for the day by asking yourself questions like:

  • Is this too formal?
  • Is this too out there?
  • Is this too long or too short?

All those little questions ringing in your head cause stress and anxiety.

Choosing an outfit that makes you feel confident and comfortable can reduce stress and help you focus on your work, rather than your clothes.

4. Boost Your Confidence

Unfortunately, mixing and matching before going out does not always work.

As we mentioned earlier, you may find yourself doubting your choice later on and instead of feeling confident, you may end up feeling self-conscious.

On the other hand, when you have already selected an outfit that makes you feel confident, you don’t have to worry about how you will feel in it.

5. Spend Less

Compared to 1930, when the average American woman owned only nine outfits, today, the figure has risen to 30 outfits — one for every day of the month. It’s a similar story for many individuals regardless of where they live.

Our closets are filled with clothing items that are rarely, if ever, worn.

Having a capsule wardrobe with only a few selected items significantly reduces your clothing costs — not to mention the countless hours you’ll save by cutting back on returns.

Even though wearing the same outfit over and over again has a boatload of benefits, as said, some people might judge you for doing so. Some could argue that it’s unstylish, but is it really?

It’s Not Unstylish, It’s Mature

Alice Gregory, a writer from New York puts it well. According to her, wearing the same outfit every day is a way of asserting yourself as the protagonist of your own story.

She further goes on to say that this is exactly why characters in books never change clothes. Their outfit is a part of their personality.

More and more people are starting to see the benefits of wearing the same outfit every day when it comes to asserting their personality. So it’s not unstylish anymore — it’s mature.

Should You Wear the Same Outfit Every Day?

For the vast majority of us, wearing the same outfit every day is just not practical. Most people will see this as an extreme step. That being said, the only person who can make this decision is you.

If you want the simplest and most inexpensive wardrobe possible, and you can live with the lack of any choices, then perhaps a single outfit is the level of minimalism you’ve always been looking for.

On the other hand, if you want to experience all the benefits of minimalism without limiting yourself to a single outfit, then you can simply declutter your wardrobe and let go of all the non-essentials.

You’ll see similar benefits from cutting it down to a couple different outfits for different areas of your life. It’s not an all or nothing game.

Good luck!

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