Simply Dress like a Millionaire: A Guide To Efficient Style
Updated: Sep 21
Does your day start with staring into the abyss that is your closet or dresser? Maybe you mutter something like, I have nothing to wear. Well fear not, you are not alone. If you want to become the ultra-productive person you have always strived to be, simplifying your style may be the perfect place to start.
There are many examples of successful people utilizing this lifestyle. Think about Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. They are the extremes of this concept, but you don't have to go that far. For the people who aren’t CEO’s or leaders of countries, a more relaxed approach can be taken. Here is a quick way to simplify your wardrobe:
The reverse hanger method is simple and easy to do. Take your clothes and put them on hangers facing the same direction and hang them up. Now, go a month with dressing up using your clothes. When you hang your clothes back up after they have been worn, hang them facing the opposite direction. This will give you good idea of what you haven't worn and finally give you a reason to declutter and donate to those in need.
Sorry to disappoint, but the reality is you don’t wear 88% of your clothes. Worse than that, the extra clothes are making your life harder. Every morning you go to the closet to find an outfit where you're trying to mix and match from a wall of clothes and your brain starts playing Where’s Waldo to make sense of everything. Somehow with all the options you still decide to wear the same 12% of clothes. Thin out your closet and it’s as simple as rock paper scissors. This will greatly reduce the decisions you make before you even leave the house.
The most extreme technique would be to adopt a style similar to Steve Jobs. Find a color scheme and stick to it. Now pick out one outfit for warm seasons and one for cold weather seasons. Then you buy seven of each outfit. Now the only decision you make regarding clothes happens twice a year when it's time to change out your wardrobe. When you switch from warm to cold outfits will depend on where you live but it's just that simple! Okay, this isn't going to fly for most people, but it goes to show how far some people will go for efficiency and productivity.
With over 35,000 decisions to make a day, decision fatigue is a real struggle that can weigh you down throughout the day. Simplifying your style and making fewer decisions in the morning gives you more brainpower for everything else you need to tackle.
Let's face it, a killer fit feels great. Unfortunately, the chances of it making a long-term impact on your life are slim to none. Starting your day without the decision making and stress from making an outfit every morning will save you time. as well. It’s a given, more time in a day is a good thing. This efficient routine stands a better chance of positively impacting your life. Your bank account will benefit from it because you'll save money not buying clothes you won’t wear, or even get a raise at work because you are now more productive and efficient.
Get rid of the unnecessary clothes in your life and make everything else easier. Just don’t give away your green scarf.