When you have a bobble-head replica of yourself in a blue button-down shirt (it was a gift) and you show up to work every day twinning with it, the people who see you most often might poke fun at the fact that you have the most uninteresting wardrobe of anyone in the office. For me, depending on the weather, it’s a light blue, short sleeve, Stafford button down or a dark blue, long sleeve button down. On weekends and days off that’s not my attire of choice, but in the office you know what you’re going to get. 

You’re probably wondering, “Dustin, why the blue shirts? You don’t seem like the type of boring guy who can’t help but make the same wardrobe choice every morning.” It may seem silly to some, but there’s a strategic point to be made by those perpetual blue shirts. There is a principle behind it that could change the way you think about the choices you make every day. 

The first point is an obvious one—having the same professional attire presents a professional impression. No matter what comes my way, I know I can be presentably dressed and do whatever aspect of the job I’m required to do that day. I might walk into the office thinking that’s the only thing I’ve got going on just to get a call that afternoon about a rush order a few blocks from the office. At the drop of a hat I will be ready. Unless I’m heading to a car junkyard after work, a blue button down is a good choice. And even if I did happen to soil one, there are 15 other blue shirts hanging on the rack in my closet that would serve as reasonable replacements. 

The main reason for the choice of similar wardrobe selection has to do with your brainpower and decision making. Someone very successful once told me, “I have too many decisions to worry about every day to have to add one more as little importance of what am I going to wear today?” You have so many decisions to make in a day and there are only so many of those decisions your brain can make well before you get burnt out. Why add to the problem in the morning by having to decide what you’re going to wear? 

Maybe you like the way different outfits spice up your life. But already having that decision made can let you use that brain space for something else. I know it sounds minor. You might be thinking, “is it really that big of a deal?” I would say that yes, it is. Deciding what you’re going to wear doesn’t seem like it will make that big of a difference, but it’s one more decision you have to make. If I can reach up and throw on a blue shirt and reach down and grab a pair of khakis without thinking, I will be able to use that brain space to think about something else. In this way, I can strategically steal time away from something I don’t have to think about anymore. There are problems that need to be solved and solutions that need to be found, and I can start formulating those things in my brain from the very beginning of the day. 

I am self aware enough to realize this seems very ridiculous. But other people have had this identical philosophy. If you have seen Steve Jobs, he always wore the same kind of pants and the same turtleneck. The idea was that he had so much to think about and create that he didn’t want to have to worry about what to wear every day. Your next step to creating value can be the same. For me, it’s an easy thing on a regular basis to simply wear the same wardrobe every day. I don’t have to worry about what to put on and I can focus my mind on more important things.

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  1. I totally agree! I learned some time ago that Steve Jobs wore the same get up everyday for this very reason. I’m not sure if that was the truth, but I took it to heart and my days start w a lot less stress. This is also one reason I like uniforms for employees- saves them brainpower too.
    Good article!

  2. My typical shirt colors, if I plan to see people, are grey, black, or some other neutral color; no red or hot colors that evoke emotion. Blue is symbolic of loyalty. Purple represents royalty. Grey is symbolic of constancy – very neutral. It does not evoke any emotions… An appraiser is unbiased, not advocating for any interested party. I like to wear colors that don’t lead to any subliminal thoughts in my interactions. I also typically wear colors that easily match my pants, making my decision on what to wear an easy one.

  3. I too wear the same pants and shirts every day for work. I also usually make the same meals for the majority of my meals. I agree that I don’t like making little decisions and when I find something that I like, I stick with it. However, I wonder if there is flaw to this logic. I once had a coworker tell me he did not memorize codes for different products that we sell because he didn’t want to waste his brain power or fill up his brain with these numbers. Then I was reading research on brains and they found that people who memorized new things often, had more brain power left than those who did not. The act of exercising the mind to remember more made it able to remember even more. Is it possible that exercising the mind to make more decisions doesn’t reduce the decision capacity of the brain but just improves it? I believe the brain is a muscle that gets better with more use.

  4. My appraisal wardrobe is coded in UAD format
    C1= Bespoke custom suit
    C2= Off the rack suit
    C3= Khakis and collared shirt
    C4= Jeans and t-shirt
    C5= Overalls, or parachute pants with white tank top
    C6= Same C5 pants and white tank top with mustard stain, or my Hazmat suit

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