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Thursday 8 December 2016

Is Mark Zuckerberg's wardrobe that of a genius?

Published 26/01/2016 | 14:04

Photo: Facebook/ Mark Zuckerberg
Photo: Facebook/ Mark Zuckerberg

We don't often get the chance to peer inside a billionaire's wardrobe, so when Mark Zuckerberg posted a photograph of his online, the world's attention was piqued.

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"First day back after paternity leave. What should I wear?" Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page.

One might have expected to see a varied collection of sartorial choices, but instead what was seen was a small, tidy line of identifcal grey t-shirts and charcoal grey hoddies.

For a man that could afford to personally fly Giorgio Armani himself into his home, Zuckerberg's rather simple wardrobe seems, well, strange.

But Zuckerberg, along with US President Barack Obama, has long been known as an advocate of puritanical simplicity when it comes to his wardrobe.

Why?

Well, Zuckerberg reasons that he simply doesn't have the time and energy to pick a new outfit every day. He says that by stripping his day of this needless decision, he has the headspace to make more important ones.

“I really want to clear my life to make it so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve the community,” he said.

Obama has also been quoted as saying his decision to strictly streamline his wardrobe is deliberate.

"You'll see I wear only gray or blue suits," [Obama] said. "I'm trying to pare down decisions. I don't want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make."

"You need to focus your decision-making energy. You need to routinize yourself. You can't be going through the day distracted by trivia."

Is it a genius move, or is it just that, only a choice that a privileged genius could afford to make? Or is simplicity in the wardrobe a key way of reducing one of life's many stresses?

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