Pay and promotions arenâ€™t the only gaps between men and women in the workplace, says Arianna Huffington. Sitting on a panel last year she realised her fellow female panellists â€“ despite their remarkable accomplishments â€“ are still â€œlabouring under the cotton-silk-rayon-make-up-and-heels ceilingâ€.
â€œBeing able to spend only a few minutes getting ready versus an hour or two is a serious competitive advantage,â€ says Arianna.
Itâ€™s a concept thatâ€™s gained popularity in recent years. Thereâ€™s Mark Zuckerberg and co in their tees and hoodies, previous Polyvore CEO Jess Lee and her all-black ensembles, and former Saatchi & Saatchi art director Matilda Khan who wore the same style (black pants, white blouse and a leather rosette) every day for three years.
But the new power dressing isnâ€™t about uniforms; â€˜Thrive Styleâ€™ is the simple concept of allowing wardrobe repeats to become normalised. Rooted in the idea that one less decision in the wardrobe is one more in the boardroom, Arianna is encouraging women to embrace â€˜the repeatâ€™ â€“ proudly wearing trusted pieces again and again, leaving shame in the back of the closet.
â€œI donâ€™t hide my repeats, I celebrate them. When Iâ€™m getting ready for an event, I donâ€™t spend time agonising about what to wear â€“ I pick out one of my frequently worn favourites and call it a day.â€