If you are female, your morning can hardly be imagined without a question “What am I going to wear?” We’ve all been there, trying on different outfits until running late, and only adding lots of stress to the day. Matilda Kahl, an art director at Saatchi & Saatchi advertising agency, came up with a solution for this problem that may not be as original as it is effective: She has worn the same work outfit daily for three years. A white blouse paired with black pants became her signature work uniform, although she had complete freedom of what to wear to the office. Most of her colleagues didn’t understand why she would willingly opt for a uniform-like style.
This gutsy move has saved her more time and money in the long run than she could have imagined. What’s even better, it gave her the freedom of not worrying about what to wear. It also made her feel great about what she wears; how many of us can claim the same, even after hours spent in front of a mirror?
“That dreaded Monday morning, you know what I mean. In fact, every workday morning I used to spend over an hour on perfecting my outfit. It was such a frustration and waste of time,” Matilda says.”
“I decided to just take the clothing aspect out of my working days.”
Matilda Kahl has noticed that her male co-workers don’t seem to care about what they wear because their work outfits look like uniform. This is why she chose classic black pants and white blouses as fundamentals for her work wardrobe.
To simplify wardrobe choices, she purchased 6 pairs of black pants and 15 white silk blouses for wearing the same outfit every day.
“Remembering that my mother loved to put bows in my hair, I chose to wear a black leather rosette around my neck,” Kahl adds when describing her idea.
“I face many creative challenges at work, so I don’t really need to express myself through what I wear. I’d rather direct my creativity to work projects, not picking out clothes and reevaluating my outfit throughout the day,” Matilda says.
Her colleagues were puzzled at first, and her supervisor tried to get her a raise, assuming that she simply couldn’t afford buying new clothes.
The style of Matilda Kahl has attracted a lot of attention. She even started getting many negative comments on Instagram from those who couldn’t understand why such an attractive girl decided to, “restrict herself to a uniform.”
People have often asked her: “Don’t you feel like looking feminine or wearing something exceptional and extravagant?”
Matilda’s answer was surprising for some and inspiring for others:
“This new take on my work wardrobe allows me to save time and energy. Creative people have so many decisions to make throughout the day. Removing clothes from the daily decision process means I have one less thing to worry about, and I’m never late to work again!”
A few months into the experiment, Matilda gave an interview for Harper’s Bazaar, describing her capsule wardrobe. She noted that her working day style doesn’t mean she’s fallen out of love with color and variety.
On weekends, Matilda Kahl wears bright-colored sweaters and skirts, as well as light and flowing feminine dresses.
Due to Matilda’s popularity, a special “Dress Like Matilda Day” has been introduced in her office: On April 23, everybody dresses just like her!
After three years of wearing the same outfit to work every day, Matilda is still happy and comfortable with it. She isn’t going to change anything.
I think it would be nice to have one great work outfit instead of many, just like this creative girl has. I’m definitely going to give it a try. I’m wondering, what will my colleagues say?