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The benefits of wearing the same thing, every day

Kai Ryssdal Apr 8, 2015
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Art director Matilda Kahl works in an office where women often wear heels and have “fixed” hair.

But one day, after Kahl was late and unprepared for work, she realized she was wasting too much time on choosing her outfit.

She was fed up.

“You know what? I’m just gonna opt out of this,” she recalls saying to herself.  

So Kahl decided to adopt her own work “uniform” of sorts: black pants and a white blouse. She recently wrote about her decision in Harper’s Bazaar.

“This doesn’t mean that I don’t love to dress. I go crazy over the weekends,” Kahl says. “I simply just choose to put this choice and time and love for clothing into nights and weekends instead.”

Kahl says she has noticed changes since donning her minimalist garb.

“My life has just become so much more efficient, in so many ways,” she says.

Her sartorial decisions are by no means a religion though.

“I wouldn’t have any problem with giving it up, if I felt like it. But it works great for me so, yeah, I have no plans of stopping,” Kahl says.

Kahl says she even (almost) got a raise by wearing the same thing every day. When one of Kahl’s previous bosses noticed that her outfit was a bit redundant, she misinterpreted the uniform as a sign of need.

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