If you spend most mornings (and evenings) agonising over what to wear, here’s some alarming news: your wardrobe indecisiveness may be harming your career.
According to a (somewhat horrible) study finding by New York’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, our brain can make limited decisions in a day before it reaches ‘decision fatigue’, and wasting that precious mental energy on mundane tasks like picking out an outfit (or deciding what to eat) means we have less brain power left for the big, professional stuff. It seems a lot of successful people are already in on this secret.
Recently, in an interview, when US President Barack Obama was asked about his limited wardrobe, he said this, “You’ll see I wear only grey or blue suits. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” It’s the same reason FB’s Mark Zuckerberg wears the same grey tee each day. Deciding on clothing every morning, he said, is just not something he wants to waste energy on.
This is life-changing stuff, you guys, but we totally understand that asking you to reduce your wardrobe to a series of black pant-suits is asking for too much. So here’s another solution—while you may not be able to chuck stuff, you can organise it better.
Celebrity stylist Sanjana Batra agrees that’s a good idea: “With an extra 15 minutes to yourself in the morning, you can clear your mind and focus on the things you wish to achieve during the day.”
It’s also smart to create a capsule office wardrobe that resonates power and success. The ratio to remember is 60:40. As our homegirl Tina Fey puts it, “B*tches get sh*t done!” Being bloody good at your job is just as important as looking good. So, make sure your career moves are as smart as your clothing choices.
LITTLE THINGS THAT HELP BIG TIME!
Keep your basics—like whites, black, and nudes— together, always.
Hang your clothes instead of piling them up, so you can find them faster.
Just like for shoes, assign separate drawers for different kinds of accessories.