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Karl Lagerfeld. Steve Jobs. Barack Obama. Mark Zuckerberg…these are but a handful of successful men who’ve attributed a small portion of their success to having a ‘work uniform’.
Although society grants men the luxury of dressing plainly with no questions asked, it hasn’t always been so kind to women in the workforce (just ask any female politician), however, there are theories to suggest it may well be one of the hidden keys to career success. Why? It all comes down to a concept known as ‘decision fatigue’.
The Marie Antoinette director is all for simplifying her wardrobe, so she can get on with work, previously stating that having “a kind of uniform helps”.
“There are a few things I wear all the time – Acne jeans, the staples that you just know you like and don’t have to think about too much. And then it’s fun to dress up for special occasions,” she told The Telegraph.
Colour-wise, Coppola relies on classic navy blue.
“My friend who designs shoes at Louis Vuitton, he’s always laughing at me. ‘Do you want it in navy blue, Sofia?’ and I’m like, ‘Um, yes, I do’. My memoir will be called: Does This Come in Navy?” she said.
And it’s not only powerful men who’ve adopted this mindset, with many female founders and celebrities citing the work uniform as a fundamental part of their daily life.
Here, we take a look at 10 famous women who’ve developed their signature work look over the years and exactly why they love it.