As the New York Times reports, assembling a standard "work uniform" allows you to streamline your routine and eliminates one more potentially stressful choice from your daily life.
Experts say that making lots of small decisions like what to wear and what to eat throughout the day saps your mental energy for when you need to make more pressing decisions, a phenomenon called "decision fatigue." This mental fatigue makes people more likely act impulsively or do nothing at all when more important matters come up.
Designer Karl Lagerfeld (L) and Silvia Venturini Fendi greet the audience at the end of the show for fashion house Fendi during the Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 04: Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo (L) gives to Karl Lagerfeld the 'Medaille Grand Vermeil de la Ville de Paris' after the Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show as part of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week on July 4, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 04: (L-R) Katy Perry, Karl Lagerfeld, Cara Delevingne and Claudia Schiffer attend the Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show as part of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week on July 4, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: (L-R) Singer Rihanna and Member of the Jury, stylist Karl Lagerfeld attend the 'Young Fashion Designer' : LVMH Prize 2017 Edition at Fondation Louis Vuitton on June 16, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MARCH 18: (EDITORS NOTE: NO TABLOIDS) - Princess Caroline of Hanover and Karl Lagerfeld attend the Rose Ball 2017 Secession Viennoise To Benefit The Princess Grace Foundation at Sporting Monte-Carlo on March 18, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Gaetan Luci/Palais Princier/SBM/SC Pool - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MARCH 18: (EDITORS NOTE: NO TABLOIDS) - Charlotte Casiraghi, Mona Walravens and Karl Lagerfeld during the Rose Ball 2017 To Benefit The Princess Grace Foundation at Sporting Monte-Carlo on March 18, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Pierre Villard/Palais Princier/ SBM/SC Pool - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 07: (L-R) Sebastien Jondeau, Stylist Karl Lagerfeld and Pharrell Williams attend the Chanel show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017/2018 on March 7, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 07: (L-R) Vanessa Paradis and Stylist Karl Lagerfeld pose after the Chanel show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017/2018 on March 7, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 07: (L-R) Cara Delevingne, Stylist Karl Lagerfeld and Pharrell Williams attend the Chanel show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017/2018 on March 7, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 02: Karl Lagerfeld and Delphine Arnault attend the Cocktail Reception For The LVMH PRIZE 2017 on March 2, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor Boyko/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 02: Kendall Jenner and Karl Lagerfeld attend the Cocktail Reception For The LVMH PRIZE 2017 on March 2, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor Boyko/Getty Images)
German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld (R) acknowledges the audience next to French and US actress and model Lily-Rose Melody Depp at the end of the Chanel during the 2017 spring/summer Haute Couture collection on January 24, 2017 at the Grand Palais in Paris.
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Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour attending the British Fashion Awards at the London Coliseum, St Martin's Lane, in London.
Karl Lagerfeld (right) arriving for the wedding of Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock at the Place du Palais.
Karl Lagerfeld and Courtney Love arriving at the AmfAR Gala, during the 64th Cannes International Film Festival, at the Hotel du Cap, in Cannes, France.
(L-R) Karl Lagerfeld, Diane Kruger and Denys Arcand arrive for the closing ceremony during the 60th annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. Picture date: Sunday 27 May 2007. Photo credit should read: Anthony Harvey/PA Wire
SHANGHAI, CHINA - DECEMBER 19: German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld attends the 2016 Digital Fashion Grand Ceremony on December 19, 2016 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 06: (L-R) Stylist Karl Lagerfeld and Lily-Rose Depp attends the 'Chanel Collection des Metiers d'Art 2016/17 : Paris Cosmopolite' : Show at Hotel Ritz on December 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 06: (L-R) Pharrell Williams, journalist Anna Wintour and stylist Karl Lagerfeld attend the 'Chanel Collection des Metiers d'Art 2016/17 : Paris Cosmopolite' : Show at Hotel Ritz on December 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
Princess Caroline of Hanover and Karl Lagerfeld attend The 62nd Rose Ball To Benefit The Princess Grace Foundation at Sporting Monte-Carlo on March 19, 2016 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 26: (L-R) Stylist Karl Lagerfeld and Actress Diane Kruger attend the Chanel Spring Summer 2016 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 26, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Rindoff/Le Segretain/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 26: (L-R) Model Cara Delevingne and Stylist Karl Lagerfeld attend the Chanel Spring Summer 2016 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 26, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Rindoff/Le Segretain/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - DECEMBER 01: Karl Lagerfeld and Franca Sozzani attend the Chanel Metiers d'Art 2015/16 Fashion Show at Cinecitta on December 1, 2015 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld attend the British Fashion Awards at The Coliseum. (Photo by rune hellestad/Corbis via Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - NOVEMBER 30: Baptiste Giabiconi and Karl Lagerfeld are seen at dinner before the Chanel Party on November 30, 2015 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Agostino Fabio/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE: Gloria Von Thurn und Taxis and Karl Lagerfeld attend a fashion week Party at Les Bains Douches in the 1980s in Paris, France. (Photo by Foc Kan/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE: Victoire de Castellane and Karl Lagerfeld attend the Victoire de Castellane Birthday Party at Les Bains Douches in January, 1992, in Paris, France. (Photo by Foc Kan/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 30: Riccardo Tisci, Ciara, Karl Lagerfeld, Carine Roitfeld and Kim Kardashian attend the CR Fashion Book Issue No.5 Launch Party hosted by Carine Roitfeld and Stephen Gan at The Peninsula Paris on September 30, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Designer Karl Lagerfeld and actress Tilda Swinton attend The Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit: A Tribute to Tilda Swinton reception at Museum of Modern Art on November 5, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Diane Kruger and Karl Lagerfeld arrive at the re-opening party for the Chanel Soho store in New York September 9, 2010. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT FASHION)
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Check out your closet before you go on a shopping spree
"Take note of your favorite go-to pieces," she tells Business Insider. "Those will be the basis for what you need to purchase to make the full uniform."
Most likely, you'll need to buy at least three to five bottoms and no less than five tops.
Be prepared to splurge
"When purchasing, you need to think quality first," Geers says. "If you typically wear t-shirts of a less-expensive, lower quality, you will need to invest in some that will withstand constant wear and laundering. Also, this collection is your work uniform only and should only be worn for that purpose."
Breathable, easy-to-care-for materials like wool and cotton blends are also a must, as are wrinkle-resistant tops. Geers says to avoid incorporating hyper-trendy items into the ensemble. Those are perishable, as far as style goes, and you can always get your trendy fix by investing in accessories.
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Don't limit yourself
"Just because it's a work uniform doesn't mean it has to be boring or dull," she says. "Add your own style through the accessories and the color of the items you choose. Shoes, belts, scarves, jewelry all play a major part in you creating and proudly showing your style and who you are."
Consider your uniform's influence
If you decide to go the route of adopting a work uniform, just remember that clothes are important. What you wear can alter how you think and feel. A California State University study found that formal-wear may make men feel more powerful, The Atlantic reports. What's more, your choice of garments can also affect how others see you. As "Flex: Do Something Different" author and University of Hertfordshire professor Ben C. Fletcher wrote in Psychology Today, "Our clothes say a great deal about who we are and can signal a great deal of socially important things to others, even if the impression is actually unfounded."
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'I'm a kind of fashion nymphomaniac who never gets an orgasm." (1984)
Pictured: Karl Lagerfeld poses with models on July 23, 1984 at the end of the autumn-winter 1984/1985 Haute Couture collection in Paris.
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“To say that there is no fashion anymore is ridiculous. The fashion of no-fashion is still fashion. And fashion is a train that waits for nobody. Get on it, or it’s gone.” (1991)
Pictured: Karl Lagerfeld, flanked with models, acknowledges the public after the Chanel autumn-winter 1984/1985 ready-to-wear collection show on March 27, 1984 in Paris.
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“When I was four, I asked my mother for a valet for my birthday. I wanted my clothes prepared so I could wear anything I wanted at any time of the day. I was a clothes freak. And I was mad for dressing differently at least four times a day.” (“WWD Profiles”, 1999).
Pictured: Karl Lagerfeld acknowledges the public after the Chanel autumn-winter 1984/1985 ready-to-wear collection show on March 27, 1984 in Paris. At left, French model Ines de la Fressange .
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“When people talk about the good old days, I say to people, 'It's not the days that are old, it's you that's old.' I hate the good old days. What is important is that today is good."
Pictured: Karl Lagerfeld and his models (Jerry Hall lying down) at the 1984-1985 Fall/Winter Chanel collection in Paris .
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“There was once a designer in Paris who said, ‘My dresses are only for intelligent women.’ She went out of business, so maybe there were only idiots. In fact, it was not clever for her to say that. I design for the people who like. There is no age group because age group is a racism in a way, too.” (“Made in Manhattan”, 2005)
Pictured: Vogue Editor Anna Wintour and designer Karl Lagerfeld attend Paris Haute Couture Fashion Show and Cocktail Party on September 5, 1990 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
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"Life is not a beauty contest, some [ugly people] are great. What I hate is nasty, ugly people. The worst is ugly short men. Women can be short, but for men it is impossible. It is something that they will not forgive in life—they are mean and they want to kill you." (Vogue)
Pictured: Caroline de Monaco, Karl Lagerfeld et Claudia Schiffer lors du défilé Chanel, collection haute-couture autome/hiver 90, Paris le 24 juillet 1990, France.
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"I think I am a much more superficial person than you imagine." (The Independent, 2011)
Pictured: Channel Mega Show At Yebisu Garden Place In Tokyo, Japan On May 12, 2000 - Devon Aoki (right) and Karl Lagerfeld.
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"'Improvise. Become more creative. Not because you have to, but because you want to. Evolution is the secret for the next step." (Harper's Bazaar, 2009)
Pictured: Designer Karl Lagerfeld accompanied by the bride waves 11 July 2000 after Chanel's Fall Winter Haute Couture 2000-2001 collection in Paris.
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"I’m a designer, I do photos, I do books, I’m a publisher, but I don’t have the self-proclaimed label “artist.” I hate that. Very pretentious. If other people say it, it’s very flattering, but if you start to say it yourself, you better forget about it." (New York Times, 2015)
Pictured: Fall Winter 2001/2001 'Haute Couture' : Chanel Collection On November 7Th, 2000 In Paris, France. Karl Lagerfeld
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"I am like a caricature of myself, and I like that. It is like a mask. And for me the Carnival of Venice lasts all year long." ("The World According to Karl", 2013.)
Pictured: Karl Lagerfeld attends Chanel Paris to New York Runway Show and Private Cocktail Reception Hosted By Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel on December 8, 2005 in New York City.
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"Why should I stop working? If I do, I'll die and it'll all be finished. I'm lucky to work in the most perfect of conditions. I can do what I want in all kinds of areas. The expenses are not expenses. I would be stupid to stop that. Work is making a living out of being bored."
Pictured: Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel attends the Chanel fashion show at the Peninsula Shanghai Hotel on December 3, 2009 in Shanghai, China.
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"My professional life is about forgetting. I make big efforts to forget. Not because I wasn’t happy but because I have to find something else. I cannot stop at what I did." (The Telegraph, 2016)
Pictured: Karl Lagerfeld with models on the runway at his ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2010 collection, during Paris Fashion Week
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"What I do Coco would have hated. The label has an image and it's up to me to update it. I do what she never did. I had to find my mark. I had to go from what Chanel was to what it should be, could be, what it had been to something else." ("The World According to Karl", 2013)
Pictured: Karl Lagerfeld (R) is pictured during the Chanel Metiers d'Art Pre-Fall collection show, entitled 'Paris-Bombay' on December 6, 2011 in Paris. Since 2003, every year, Chanel launches a parallel collection to their Pret-a-porter and Haute Coutute collections: the annual Metiers d'Art collection which is this year inspired to India, with its huge artistic and manufacturing inheritance, its jewels, its colors and its precious fabrics.
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“Is there something healthier than competition? If not, you fall asleep and think success, and what you did, is granted. Nothing is granted in fashion, and this is what I love about fashion.” (WWD CEO Summit Leadership, 2013)
Pictured: Karl Lagerfeld, Fashion Designer, Photographer, Publisher, Designer and Film Director speaks at LeWeb Paris 2011 at Le 104 on December 7, 2011 in Paris, France. Since beginning in 2008, LeWeb Paris 2011 is the largest technology conference in Europe where Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and the tech world gather while often announcing new products.
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"I'm rather pro-prostitution. I admire people who do it. It can't be much fun. Thank goodness for it. People need relief or they become murderers." (Vogue)
Pictured: Karl Lagerfeld arrives at amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS Gala 2011 at Hotel Du Cap at Hotel Du Cap on May 24, 2012 in Antibes, France.
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"If you throw money out of the window throw it out with joy. Don’t say: 'one shouldn’t do that'—that is bourgeois."
Pictured: Fashion Designer Karl Lagerfeld and pregnant model walk the runway front of (L-R) Suzy Menkes, Carine Roitfeld, Grace Coddington, Mario Testino, Anna Wintour, Baz Luhrmann, his wife Catherine Martin, Korean K-Pop singer CL, guest and Jung Ryeo-won at the end of the Chanel show as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015. Held at Grand Palais on July 8, 2014 in Paris, France.
"Kate Middleton has a nice silhouette and she is the right girl for that boy. I like that kind of woman, I like romantic beauties. On the other hand, her sister struggles. I don't like the sister's face. She should only show her back." (HuffPost)
Pictured: Karl Lagerfeld, winner of the Outstanding Achievement Award, attends the British Fashion Awards in partnership with Swarovski at the London Coliseum on November 23, 2015 in London, England.
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"I don’t do selfies. But other people do, and they all want to do selfies with me. No, no, no. Thank God, Sébastien, my assistant, he’s mean to the people in the street, mean and rude. I’m a nice person." (New York Times, 2015)
Pictured: Karl Lagerfeld arrives to the 'Volez, Voguez, Voyagez - Louis Vuitton' Exhibition Opening at Le Grand Palais on December 3, 2015 in Paris, France.
(Photo: Rindoff/Le Segretain/Getty Images for Louis Vuitton)
Pictured: Karl Lagerfeld walks the runway at the end of the 12th Chanel Metiers dArt show 'Paris-Rome', an annual event to honor craftsmanship that artisan partners bring to the houses collections, on December 1, 2015 at the Cinecitta studios in Rome.
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“When I was a child, my mother always told me that you could wake up in the middle of the night and be deathly sick, so you always have to be impeccable. I laugh about it now, but I think everyone should go to bed like they have a date at the door." (Vogue)
Pictured: Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld and Hudson Kroenig (godson of Karl Lagerfeld) during the Chanel 'Trombinoscope' collection Metiers d'Art 2017/18 show at Elbphilharmonie on December 6, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany.
German designer Karl Lagerfeld (C) walks the runway during the Chanel Metiers D'Art 2018/19 Show at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on December 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Most of all, make sure that your work uniform reflects your style and makes you feel comfortable.
"The trend towards a work uniform makes sense to me," Geers tells Business Insider. "I believe that what you wear strongly affects how you project yourself whether in the workplace or socially. If you feel great in what you're wearing that immediately comes through in how you carry yourself."