Mark Zuckerberg is back from paternity leave and, similarly to others in the same position, he is facing the same wardrobe conundrum – what to wear on your first back to work.
So far, so normal, until you see the picture of his ridiculously ordered wardrobe, which features a collection of identical grey T-shirts and hoodies. Even the distance between each hanger is the same – the man is a marvel (or a maniac, it’s hard to decide).
It’s an impossibly challenging situation, and one that Victoria Beckham first highlighted in 1997’s Spiceworld – a film we often turn to in times of stress and difficulty. As Mel C said sympathetically, ” It must be so hard for you, Victoria. I mean, having to decide whether to wear the little Gucci dress, the little Gucci dress, or… the little Gucci dress.”
Same goes for Zuckerberg, he’s just the normcore version. In 2014, he explained why he always wears the same grey T-shirt.
“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 this community,” he said, thus making us all feel like frivolous underachievers.
There we have it Zuckerberg, a fashion inspiration – a man who has his fashion uniform nailed.
Apparently, many of the most successful people in the world use the same strategy to cut down on the burdens of making choices.
The picture was shared by Zuckerberg during his paternity leave for the birth of his first child, Max.
In November, 2014, Zuckerberg held his first town-hall-style meeting at Facebook headquarters. Among the challenging questions about product changes and how the company decides what to work on (or not), one enterprising questioner asked about the ever-present grey t-shirt.
The Facebook CEO answered, “I feel like I’m not doing my job if I spend any of my energy on things that are silly or frivolous about my life, and that way, I can dedicate all my energy to building the best products and services and helping us reach our goal and achieve our mission.’”
He added, “There’s actually a bunch of psychology theory that even making small decisions around what you wear, or what you eat for breakfast, or things like that, they kind of make you tired and consume your energy. And my view is, I’m in this really lucky position where I get to wake up every day and help serve more than a billion people. And I feel like I’m not doing my job if I spend any of my energy on things that are silly or frivolous about my life, and that way, I can dedicate all my energy to building the best products and services and helping us reach our goal and achieve our mission.”
After all these years of amusement and curiosity over the CEO’s wardrobe, the picture posted on his Facebook has proved once and for all that the billionaire founder really does just buy grey t-shirts and hoodies in bulk and wears them every day.