In defence of the work wardrobe

If it's good enough for Zuck, it's good enough for me


Last week Mark Zuckerberg shared a picture of his wardrobe on Facebook that sent my heart into a flutter. A closet full of identical grey tshirts and equally identical grey sweatshirts. The holy grail of work wardrobes. A non-uniform uniform. My kind of thinking, Mark. 



Last year Senior Fashion Editor, Michelle Duguid, asked me who my style icon was, perhaps expecting a Jane Birkin/ Lisa Bonnet type answer. To her slight horror I said Steve Jobs. Giving my outfit the quick once over, I think she understood why. Jobs was the original pioneer behind the work wardrobe: black roll neck, blue jeans, white trainers. In my own fashion version of 'A Few of My Favourite Things', that is the ranking order. Forget brown paper wrapping and whiskers on kittens. 


It just makes sense. Instead of agonising over what to wear in the morning, the work wardrobe ensures one less mind-addling decision in a decision-heavy day. I open my wardrobe and to my delight there is a plethora of white/blue shirts: some pleated, some bowed, most oversized; an array of black roll necks in a range of thickness and four pairs of the same jeans. Over to the shoes: Stan Smiths in a variety of battered stages, Converse of equally grubby appearance and two pristine pairs of Céline trainers housed in their original boxes. 

Boring, you say? Lack of personality, maybe? I don't think so. This way of dressing expresses my personality, my own sense of identity. My way of being me. Phoebe Philo and Marc Jacobs are both incredibly creative people and they do exactly the same thing. 

And my dad: a wardrobe bigger than mine filled with 30 plus white, pressed Gieves and Hawkes shirts, 5 identical suit trousers and a draw of cashmere black socks. But more than that it's about a routine every morning, the getting ready process - even down to the same three twists of his pocket watch (because he's so bad ass he still wears a pocket watch).

Of course if I am going somewhere or trying to look like I have done a load of washing I might throw on a leather skirt or cream blouse and occasionally I think of rocking up to the office Eddy from Ab Fab-style in a velour orange tracksuit emblazoned with 'Lacroix', but then again that just isn't very 'me'. 

So, thanks Mark. For lots of things but mostly for making a banal daily uniform credible and totally cool. 

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