When Mark Twain wrote that 'clothes maketh the man' he probably wasn't thinking of someone like Mark Zuckerberg, but then again the internet hadn't been invented, and neither had the sweatshirt for that matter.
When the Facebook creator posted the image of his wardrobe his profile with the dilemma "First day back after paternity leave. What should I wear? — feeling undecided" he clearly wasn't looking for style advice. Seemingly the point was to highlight that he has more to worry about fashion, and time spent deciding between the Tom Ford suit or the Yeezy track pants is time simply mis-spent when he could making billions or looking after the baby.
The image of the neatly-spaced row of grey marl hooded sweatshirts and T-shirts certainly spoke volumes about his own personal style, the man loves grey and he loves T-shirts. This is not new information as there are few shots of the man living his life not wearing this particular look, it is his uniform.
It is only when you see the rail of items all perfectly lined up that one begins to questions the man behind the marl. Perhaps he is advertising his sartorial simplicity in order to fully cement himself as the entrepreneurial genius he is? After all, Steve Jobs had his black turtleneck, blue jeans and New Balance, and Einstein replicated the same suit over and over again so Zuckerberg is just falling in line in a new and more relaxed millennial fashion.
There are many pyschological opinions on the art of dressing with deciding, as Florida State University social psychologist Roy F. Baumeister told Techtimes: "The more choices you make throughout the day, the harder each one becomes for your brain, and eventually it looks for short-cuts, usually in either of two very different ways. One short-cut is to become reckless: to act impulsively instead of expending the energy to first think through the consequences... The other shortcut is the ultimate energy saver: do nothing."
Zuckerberg has addressed this in the past and reinforces this idea that small decisions are too tiring.
"I really want to clear my life so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve this community." He told an audience at Facebook's first public Q&A in 2014 and we applaud his earnest and honest opinion and whilst there is no reason that powerful and successful individuals cannot look great, it is a great time saver.
Some people think that this means that Zuckerberg could be an underlying psycopath but in a way he is our work wear fashion icon. If you look at your own wardrobe you probably only wear 30% of your clothes, and have at least 10 items that you bought on a whim and never wore.
An office or daytime uniform is ideal, whether it is a white shirt and jeans or a cut of suit that works best for you, the uniform or capsule wardrobe is a great fall back for the days when you simply can't be bothered to choose. While we're not suggesting you throw out everything else in you wardrobe, maybe if you're panicking about what to wear to the office tomorrow, perhaps you should just Zuckerberg it for a while?