In the past, Zuckerberg explained why he chooses to wear the same hoodie and tee every day.
“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 … 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,” he said back in 2014. And though we at GQ hardly think looking great is a “silly” pursuit, we do know the man has bigger things to think about than matching his tie and pocket square. (Though, it should be noted, one of his employees does have that kind of time and he looks damn good as a result.
As claimed in an article , Zuckerberg doesn’t wear the same clothes but wears similar one. He’s bought T-shirts of same color which he uses to wear every day. He is a busy man and it’s easy and convenient to him.
Every decision you make during the day degrades your capability to make a subsequent decision. By eliminating most of the meaningless decisions from your life, you can focus on the ones that matter.
Think about it this way. You are on a vacation in new york city and you have to decide what place for breakfast, tourist destinations, how to get from one place to the next, where to eat for breakfast, where to find a snack, what souvenier to get. Even though you are on vacation having a great time, by the time you have to decide where to eat, everyone on your trip has a hard time of making a simple decision!
Try it out for a week with your clothes and meals all predecided and see if your decision making process improves.
I find it is more of a uniform. Most people have an underlying professional style that they stick to.
It isnt just top level leaders, even lower level staff will do the same thing.
Though his collection may appear to be dull.But here’s a worthy reason for getting dressed such way.It’s like,he feels that getting dressed in the same manner helps him devote his energy more beneficially on more important matters rather than wasting it on silly stuffs.
It might be worth a mention that, Zuckerberg is usually spotted wearing a gray color T-shirt in most of his public appearances or media conferences.
According to Zuckerberg, even the smallest of decisions like what to eat for breakfast, or what should you wear consume your energy and is a tiring activity”.
“one less thing to decide” and “more choices you make, the harder each one becomes for your brain” are such a hyped-up excuses. Is selecting a shirt so hard. If you are fine with wearing same shirt every day, I don’t think you would care much about fashion. Trying to buy same shirt in the store is more time consuming than buying “any” shirt. I believe it is more to create a brand and keeping it simple, than having one less thing to decide.
If you listen to Mark presentations, he even uses “One last thing” at the end of them.
All that being said, you can actually see him wearing different clothes from time to time:
Steve Jobs only wore black Issey Miyake turtlenecks and jeans. “both because of its daily convenience (the rationale he claimed) and its ability to convey a signature style.” (from the Walter Isaacson biography).
When you think about how many decisions it must take to run a constantly evolving multi-billion dollar corporation, it’s understandable not wanting to have to make one more about what to wear in the morning.