• Turns Out Your Non-Diverse Wardrobe Probably Makes You a Better CPA

    By | February 13, 2014

    Guys in public accounting, how many blue shirts do you own? For the ladies, how many of the same cardigan in different colors do you own? I get it, I rotate the same few suits when I actually have to appear in public for work in Washington, with the scarf I tie around my neck the most exciting and varying part of my sensible outfit.

    As it turns out, those of you with fewer wardrobe choices might actually be at least as smart as our own president, at least according to this Fast Company piece:

    As he told Vanity Fair:

    "You'll see I wear only gray or blue suits," [Obama] said. "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."

    This is because, the Commander in Chief explained, the act of making a decision erodes your ability to make later decisions. Psychologists call it decision fatigue: it’s why shopping for groceries can be so exhausting and judges give harsher rulings later in the day.

    Managing decision fatigue calls for the high-value, low-effort systemization that entrepreneurs swear by. Whether or not our offices are oval, we need to find ways to reduce friction in our days.

    Granted, President Obama does live in DC and if you dare wear a color other than Prison Bar Grey and Rotten Heart of a Lobbyist Black, you will definitely be shunned by the all-important Black Suiterati (I say this as a Washingtonian who dares to wear neon orange Nikes in public, so just trust me on that).

    All this time I incorrectly assumed you guys are just boring and uncreative, but it turns out you are actually brilliant; by taking the guesswork out of what to wear that day, you are saving up your brainpower to make important judgment calls like what to grab from the vending machine at 8pm at the peak of busy season and whether or not the client is completely bullshitting you. Well done!

    • Big4Veteran

      Also, if Obama wore anything other than blue or gray, people would call him a communist.

      • SouthernCPA

        Lord help us if he ever wore a red suit. I think he should, maybe the last week of his presidency. And grow a beard. Why not.

      • EXB4ANON

        Bush Senior has always been one of the best dressed presidents, then and now.

      • Guest

        I’d like to see him in a clown suit. Let the dress match the character.

    • Chipman69

      Everyone at GT is required to own at least one DYNAMIC purple tie and one DYNAMIC purple shirt! It is the mandatory DYNAMIC uniform of GT’s CHOSEN MARKETS!

      • Another exKPMGer

        Every time I see the word “dynamic” somewhere now I envision it in capital letters screaming at me. Thanks for that.

    • Big4Veteran

      But seriously, that Vanity Fair article is really, really interesting. Long read though. Could use more pictures.

      • Anon

        To make it more interesting, they could glue some crayons to the back cover and have some “color-your-own outfits” exercises. You know, just for practice – apply what you learned.

    • Jim

      I must be a genius for choosing only white pointed collar wrinkle free dress shirts and black or Khaki dress pants for my office attire. My wife begs to disagree, though.

    • Guests

      The GT dynamic crap is getting annoying.

      • Chipman69

        But DYNAMIC crap is one of GT”S CHOSEN MARKETS!

    • AccountingNinja

      I must be great at making decisions when I work at home then and my attire consists of a bathrobe.

      • Nasdaq

        That is way too stuffy for working at home. If I can answer the door for Chinese food, I am wearing too much clothes. My home office is a no pants zone..

        • AccountingNinja

          What part of wearing a bathrobe implied that I had pants on?

          • Nasdaq

            You’ve got something much heavier on. Just go with socks..

            • AccountingNinja

              It’s cold in the Northeast.

            • Nasdaq

              Embrace the shrinkage My friend…

    • Mr. Cerealbox

      Efficient and lazy seem to cross paths in my daily life again, it would seem.

    • Dapper Auditor

      My wife curates my wardrobe and makes decisions on what I will wear. She likes doing that and I don’t end up looking like a slob with square toe shoes and baggy suits.

    • EXB4ANON

      So what we are saying is that Obama isn’t capable of picking out what he will wear and considers it to be “effort.”

    • Guest

      Here you go!

    • EXB4ANON

      See example below…

    • guest

      wasn’t this Einsteins rationale for wearing what he did? feel like this was ripped off.