Ever wonder why we often find ourselves wearing the same (if not similar) items to work? Or have you ever caught yourself admiring a workmate's pair of trousers, only to recognize you actually own the same thing? Yes, accidental twinning is not an uncommon sighting in the office, and it turns out that there's science behind this!
Loosely anchored on Darwinism, matching with your colleagues is actually linked to evolution. Just as animals flock, humans herd together to survive. This is also true when it comes to the workplace. In order to pull through and become successful, one must learn to belong first.
In an interview with The Independent, psychologist Dr. Karen Pine explains, “People feel safer when they dress alike. They are signalling their need to belong to the group. A team that chooses the same style of dress for work is indicating their cohesiveness, which may reflect a wider collaborative culture.”
Being sartorially in sync with the team indicates acceptance and positive relationships within the group. Clothes are an extension of our beings. Thus, how we dress is what we are like. And seeing reflections of ourselves in other people draws us closer to them, fostering a healthier work environment.
So the next time you come in to work accidentally twinning with a workmate, don't feel annoyed or awkward. Accept that something looks great on both of you. Save time and energy from mulling over it and instead, take an #OOTD and post it in your office group chat!
This story originally appeared on Preview.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.