Matilda Kahl ignored fashion trends, creative choice and adopted a ‘work uniform’ for three years.
Could you get up and put on the same thing EVERY day? Admittedly, it eliminates a wardrobe spin during the morning hustle but could you really ignore a new sweater or that favourite silk shirt and opt for the SAME ensemble day in, day out? For years?
Matilda Kahl has done just that. A creative at Saatchi & Saatchi New York, Kahl decided to abandon all choice when it came to her wardrobe and wear the same outfit to work every day for more than 1000 days.
The art director developed her own personal ‘uniform‘ after she spent too much time deciding what to wear one Monday morning and was subsequently late for an important meeting. Kahl said she invested in 15 white shirts and several pairs of the same black trousers to make things easier washing-wise (just imagine the nightly laundry hell if she hadn’t…)
Then, with school-girl type precision she woke up every day for three years and dressed in the same outfit to go to work. The simplicity of the outfit allowed for the addition of some personal flair now and then with shoes or a jacket but otherwise? Kahl eliminated the ‘what will I wear?!?’ conundrum from her daily routine.
Kahl wrote about her decision in an op-ed for Harpers Bazaar magazine and said it was all about simplifying her life so she could focus on her job.
“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 in fact, these black trousers and white blouses have become an important daily reminder that frankly, I’m in control,” Kahl said.