Are you longing for a simple wardrobe? As a busy, professional you need a clothing formula that will work for you. Many successful businessmen have taken the step to simplifying their wardrobes so that it is one less thing for them to worry about in the morning. For example:

Steve Jobs – black turtle neck and blue jeans

Mark Zuckerberg – grey t-shirt and hoodie

Albert Einstein – grey suit & no socks

Barack Obama – only grey or blue suits

Michael Kors – Black t-shirt & black jacket

Johnny Cash – all black

In a Vanity Fair Interview Barack Obama recently said – “You need to remove from your life the day-to-day problems that absorb most people for meaningful parts of their day. You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits; I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing, because I have too many other decisions to make.”

He also mentioned research that shows the simple act of making decisions degrades one’s ability to make further decisions…..

These men might decide to limit their wardrobe choices because they want to be more efficient – not wasting time or brain power on having to select a new outfit every day. They may feel comfortable in these styles and if they work in the dress down culture of IT, jeans and t-shirts are probably fine because wearing these garments can make the CEOs appear more approachable. Wearing the same clothes day after day also has the advantage of giving them a trademark look and could make them memorable and distinctive.

As a woman, how could you implement the positives of efficiency, comfort and a distinct look when creating a simple wardrobe?

As working women we have so many different options as to what is “acceptable” attire mainly because there are so many different types of clothes that we can choose from. If you think about it men have the option of suits, trousers, jeans, shirts, t-shirts, knitwear &/or jackets and although there are a variety of different style trousers they could choose from and obviously different levels of quality that they could select there is still a fairly limited number of options available to them.

Whereas for women we have all of the above options as well as skirts and dresses and that is before we consider the different lengths, fabrics and cuts for all of these items – because of all this choice it is no wonder that we feel overwhelmed and confused!!

Some women have adopted this simple wardrobe approach – for example Angela Merkel – buttoned up jackets and simple necklaces; or Hilary Clinton – mainly trouser suits, but both of these women still wear a variety of colours which will hinder their ability to make quick choices.

Many women when limiting their colour choices will just focus on black, which is not always the best solution because head to toe black can create a barrier and be very alienating (Victoria Beckham uses this techniques very successfully!) it is also quite a hard colour and therefore isn’t flattering to all complexions.

However, it is true that the ONLY way to successfully create a simple, workable capsule wardrobe is to limit your colour choice, but I would advocate understanding the group of colours that suit your natural colouring (through an in-depth colour analysis) and selecting a few of these colours as the basis of your wardrobe. When you work within a tight colour palette you don’t need different colour shoes and bags (that only work with one outfit), all your clothes and accessories actually mix and match AND it makes choosing what to wear a breeze!!

After I have completed a wardrobe audit and start to implement these theories with my clients they usually find that they have fewer clothes in their wardrobe but many, many more outfit options!

What would a Simple Wardrobe mean to you….??

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