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Why you should wear the same thing to work every day. Seriously.

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Smart people are wearing the same thing to work every day. The rationale: Simplifying your wardrobe choices improves your productivity and costs you less in the long run. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg does it – he wears the same grey t-shirt every day. Barack Obama does it – he wears the same suit. Here are eight celebrities who do it, including Angelina Jolie.

Everyday people do it, too. Desirae Odjick of the Half Banked blog began wearing the same thing to work 18 months ago and has been reporting on it all along. She recently talked about the cost aspect, while noting that saving money was never the point. Rather, it was to reduce the effort and stress of deciding what to wear every day.

People who wear the same thing every day call their daily ensemble a uniform. Here's a report from a guy who happily wears the same two pairs of jeans and loafers every day. "I've become a monster of sartorial routine," he says. Further thoughts for women on this topic can be found in this Reddit thread.

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Rob Carrick has been writing about personal finance, business and economics for close to 20 years. He joined The Globe and Mail in late 1996 as an investment reporter and has been personal finance columnist since November 1998.Rob's personal finance columns appear in The Globe on Tuesday and Thursday, and his Portfolio Strategy column for investors appears on Saturday. More


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