A Fashion Editor Came Up With the Perfect Office Uniform (So You Don't Have To)

Photo: Original Graphics by Viviana Duron

Work uniforms are more than just a way to ease into your day and look good doing it. As many high-achieving individuals like President Barack Obama and late Apple CEO Steve Jobs famously pointed out, having a work uniform allows you to pare down on choices in the morning, leaving more time for making impactful decisions throughout the day. “You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,” Obama told Vanity Fair in 2012. "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."

If Obama and Jobs swore by a work uniform for greater productivity, why shouldn’t we? Each industry has its own unspoken dress code, so we turned to someone who would be able to shed light on the best work uniforms for each field of work: Who What Wear’s Editorial Director Bobby Schuessler. Having written about work outfits and fashion trends for years, he quickly picked a uniform for all types of industries. Whether you work in fashion, STEM, or finance, we have the perfect work uniform for you. Don’t spend another morning wondering what to wear—this is your road map to avoiding decision fatigue.

If you work in fashion or design

Photo: Original Graphics by Viviana Duron

“You want to have fun with your outfit but also come across polished and chic,” explains Schuessler. “Go for unique styling tricks, like a dress over pants, paired with on-trend items like a duster jacket, one statement earring, V-neck mules, and a cool crossbody bag worn high across your body.”

And now, nine sneakers to walk to work in (that won’t cramp your style).