Most of us would never want to be seen wearing the same outfit in the same week, let alone the same day. But art director Matilda Kahl wasn't worried about violating some kind of fashion law. She didn't even worry about what people at work would think about her. She just decided to go ahead and wear the exact same thing every day for three years. But it didn't make her a pariah in the fashion world. It made her trendy and iconic and her story has resonated with so many people, that she's gotten thousands of shares.
Matilda Kahl wrote an essay in Harper's Bazaar on why she wore the same thing every day.
In the article, she explained that she wasn’t wearing the exact same article of clothing, just the same style, in much the same way as men do when they wear the same suit, and not one bats an eyelash.
So Kahl decided to alleviate the stress of figuring out what to wear every morning.
She bought 15 white silk shirts, three black pairs of pants, and called them her work uniform, along with a black leather rosette that we wore on her neck. It wasn’t easy either. It actually cost her a great deal of money, but in the end, she claims it was worth it.
At first, her co-workers didn't get what she was doing, but for her this meant freedom.
Her supervisors tried getting her a raise so she could buy herself some new clothes, but Kahl found that creating a work uniform and sticking to it saved her hours of trying to figure out what to wear and what not to wear every morning for work.
For Kahl, the work uniform combo she created served as a reminder that she's in control.
It’s allowed her to save time and energy because frankly, she was growing tired of running late every morning because she was too busy trying to figure out the right outfit for work and whether it was appropriate at her advertising agency.
Being part of an ad agency, which is a creative field already brings plenty of decision making.
This was the last thing that Kahl wanted. She preferred to have a life where she could make less choices, at least, during the week. Her job already produced enough creative challenges. She didn’t feel that her wardrobe needed to be this difficult either.