Month: March 2016

Monday Morning Memo – A Little Advice for Mellody Hobson

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"If we can learn to deal with our discomfort and just relax into it we'll have a better life." - Mellody Hobson

I just love Mellody Hobson. Much like First Lady Michelle Obama, she to me is evidence that if you "do just the right things" - go to the right schools, work hard to climb the corporate ladder, and generally just keep a sunny outlook and positive attitude - eventually you will get your fairytale. In Mellody's case, it was marrying billionaire and movie industry visionary George Lucas and later a baby. Not bad for a good girl, eh?

Wear the Same Thing Every Day?

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Lately there's been a lot of buzz around the concept of wearing the same thing every day. Successful leaders from President Obama to Mark Zuckerberg wear virtually the same outfit every single day and tout that as part of the key to their success. Well, not exactly. I mean, it's not like someone saw them and said, "He wears the same thing everyday...I'm gonna vote for/promote/support him!" Rather, by sticking to a daily "uniform" they allow themselves to focus on other, more important decisions...and that, in turn, contributes to the successful execution of their work duties.

[caption id="attachment_10523" align="alignright" width="300"]Source: Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook Source: Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook[/caption]Now, lest you think this is a trend reserved just for men, many women in the business arena also wear the same thing every day. One example is Matilda Kahl, an art director at a creative ad agency in New York. I repeat, an ART DIRECTOR at a CREATIVE AD AGENCY in NEW YORK wears the same. thing. every. day. (Cue the Alanis Morissette.) Kahl actually started doing this after realizing that the decision of what to wear every day caused her so much stress in the mornings that she ended up being late - either figuratively or literally - to work. Of course, in my mind, the solution to that problem is simple - select your outfits the night before! But even if you don't suffer from daily what-should-I-wear panic attacks, some cite wearing the same thing - most notably the color black - as a way to command power and respect in the office. Finally, there are those who embrace wearing the same outfit every day as part of a general movement towards simple living in a world that is far too complicated.

Now, as a fashion blogger, you know that this idea distresses me to no end. Wear the same thing? EVERY DAY???

*clutches faux pearls*

But, when I stop to think about it, I actually do wear the same thing every day, in a sense.

We've talked before on the blog about the concept of a style uniform - your basic "go to" ensemble. In the past, I used to live in a sweater dress and flats. These days, as I'm striving to dress like a boss, it's usually a bit of soft suiting in the form of a fitted or belted cardigan, pencil skirt, and flats. While I have a variety of sweaters and skirts in different colors, textures, and patterns, at the end of the day, they are all just cardigans and pencil skirts. Now, of course, I also adorn myself with whatever baubles and makeup that most complement the look. And on days when I find myself staring at my closet in a "What Should I Wear?" frenzy, I typically take a step back and grab...you guessed it...a pencil skirt and a cardigan.

Huh. Maybe this "wear the same thing every day" concept isn't so bad after all.

What do you think about this idea? Do you have a "style uniform"? Share in the comments section or on social media!