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The Ultimate “How To Save” on your Work Outfits

by Diane

It might seem odd… Me, of all people, talking about how to save money on your work outfits.

Fashion is definitely not my forte, I’ll admit that up front. I am, how should I put it…? Ambivalent about fashion. I see it as the ultimate disposable commodity, clothing has a function and anything beyond that is just varying degrees of ego and vanity. I’m especially ambivalent about the fashion expectations placed on women in the workplace.

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Keeping it simple, Matilda Kahl has worn the same outfit to work every day for three years. [Picture: Instagram/Lilltrill]

Not surprisingly, a headline like this: Why I Wear the Exact Same Thing to Work Every Day caught my attention. How often do you see people choosing to wear the same work outfit each day, like Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs or Albert Einstein?

And, to put an even finer point on it, how often do you see a woman making that choice?

I was intrigued and dutifully clicked the link.

The article describes how Matilda Kahl, an Art Director at a NY advertising agency, made the decision to create a work uniform and how that decision has saved her time, frustration and (most importantly for us), money over the last few years.

“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.”  Matilda Kahn

When I first joined the workforce, I was required to dress appropriately for management. That meant a skirt suit, heels, make-up… I spent a lot of money on clothes in those first few years. I did it as cleverly (I thought) as possible by buying quality garments in classical styles and never at full price but it still amounted to a considerable investment. I’m sure I was considered boring and perhaps dowdy compared to the rest of the female office population who, to my eyes, seemed never wear the same work outfit twice, ever.

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I can’t even begin to imagine how much these women spent on their wardrobes but it must have been a small fortune. After reading about Matilda, I have to wonder what the reaction would have been if I’d worn a uniform like she does?

Luckily for me, I moved into the IT industry where office attire is generally casual and my dream of wearing jeans to work every day came true. I work from home now (work outfits = PJs or sweats), but if I were to return to an office environment, I’d give serious thought to refining my work outfits to a uniform. Perhaps not as stark as Matilda’s but definitely as simple. A minimalist wardrobe is definitely a great way to save money and reduce stress. One less decision to make every day. Sounds good to me!

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What do you think, could you wear the same work outfit every day?

How do you think your workmates or bosses would react? Would they even notice?

Images: Pexels & Instagram/Lilltrill

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Kirsten April 18, 2015 - 10:33 am

My boss would notice. He’s a well dress guy and I can tell he expects his staff to follow suit (which is sort of interesting, since he’s an engineer. Engineers are not known for their fashion sense). Having said that, I have one pair of black pants that I wear 3-5 times a week (depending on how they fare and if they are in the wash). I have a pair of gray pants that I wear frequently, too, and I mix it up with a skirt or dress here or there.

Diane April 18, 2015 - 12:36 pm

That might be a fun experiment… see how long it takes him to notice. 🙂

There’s those black pants again. They are a fabulous work outfit staple!

Sarah April 18, 2015 - 3:33 am

I would definitely wear the same thing every day haha!! When I had an office job, I had two pairs of black pants that I rotated and a couple of nice shirts. I never spent money on work clothes. I would much rather have purchased jeans or more casual clothes. Luckily now I can wear whatever I want since I work from home too!

Diane April 18, 2015 - 12:35 pm

I think that’s about as uniform-ish as I’d ever get. What would we do without black pants?!

Joan April 17, 2015 - 5:51 am

The article truly reflects my personal beliefs, lol I like the thought of a mostly office uniform with a few/couple of switch up i.e. dresses or pops of color as a change of pace. new season hello, etc!

Diane April 17, 2015 - 8:19 am

Scarves can be a great way to add colour for very little cost. They don’t take up much room in the closet either!

Saving Sanely April 16, 2015 - 11:40 pm

I always have an incredibly hard time buying clothes. I have a price point for items in my mind that is from back when I first started shopping for clothes in high school. It is very difficult for me to justify spending more than $10-20 on an item of clothing so when I see pants for $100 it throws me for a loop! Since my wardrobe at work is always covered with a jacket anyway, I don’t see a need to buy cute clothes but I have all comfy items for the most part now and would love to spruce it up for when I’m not at work. It’s just too much unnecessary money from the budget right now.

Diane April 17, 2015 - 8:24 am

I have a hard time spending more than $10 on a t-shirt – they all seem to twist after the first wash regardless of the price. There are some items I’ll spend more on like blazers/jackets that are well cut and constructed of quality material. They are an investment. I have two I still wear today that are over 15 years old and still look new.

Comfort is a priority for me, too! Jeans and t-shirts all the way!!! 🙂

Stefanie @ The Broke and Beautiful Life April 16, 2015 - 10:24 pm

I work at home so it’s mostly yoga pants and tshirts. I recently went shopping for clothes though (which I never do), because lunches, events, and media are becoming a bigger part of what I do.

Diane April 17, 2015 - 8:27 am

Your next book needs to be about yoga… then you have an excuse to wear yoga pants regardless of the event. They might even be tax deductible?!

Congrats, by the way. I watched a TV interview (on the net) and you were awesome!


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