Three years ago, successful NYC art director Matilda Kahl began wearing a "work uniform" to the office, consisting of a white shirt and black pants.
And while most people don't understand why someone so creative would wear the exact same thing to work every single day, her reason for doing so is actually kind of brilliant.
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"I'm given complete freedom over what I wear to the office, but that still left me questioning each piece that I added or subtracted from my outfit," Kahl writes in a blog for 'Harper's Bazaar.' "I knew my male colleagues were taken seriously no matter what they wore."
After showing up late and unprepared to a meeting because of too much time spent pondering in front of her closet, Kahl realized she needed a change. "This was not the first morning I'd felt this unnecessary panic, but that day I decided it would be the last," she says.
So after stocking up on at least 15 silk white shirts and a few pairs of black trousers, Kahl's work uniform was set — and she was immediately plagued with questions about it, including whether she had joined a cult!
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"Other than the burning, 'why?' the most common question I get is whether or not it gets boring in the long run," she writes on 'Harper's Bazaar.' "The simple choice of wearing a work uniform has saved me countless wasted hours thinking, 'what the hell am I going to wear today?'"
And, she adds, "These black trousers and white blouses have become an important daily reminder that frankly, I'm in control."
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