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Art director Matilda Kahl doesn't worry about what to wear to work every morning, because she's worn the same work outfit for the past three years. Kahl's essay in Harper's Bazaar titled "Why I Wear The Exact Same Thing To Work Every Day" seems to have struck a chord: the story has racked up nearly 80,000 shares so far.
In the piece, Kahl explains the stressful day that inspired her to buy 15 white silk shirts and three black pairs of pants and call that her work uniform, with a signature black leather rosette she wears around her neck. "I shopped all the pieces in one day. It burned a hole in my wallet to say the least, but in the long run, it has saved me—and will continue to save me—more money than I could imagine," she wrote.
It's not that radical an idea, considering a man could wear the same suit every day and few of his co-workers would notice. Even though Kahl's been asked if she's doing this on a bet and one of her supervisors tried to get her a raise so she could buy new clothes, she's not sick of her work uniform yet or the freedom it represents. In her essay, Kahl writes: "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."