Mark Zuckerberg’s Favorite Shirt: Proof That The Facebook CEO Wears This Gray T-Shirt Everywhere

Gray t-shirts are the new gray flannel suits.

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With Facebook‘s stock down 29% from its IPO price a year ago, it’s clear CEO Mark Zuckerberg needs to change something. He could start with his wardrobe. Just as Steve Jobs famously favored black turtlenecks, Zuckerberg is known for donning dark-colored hoodies and gray-t-shirts over jeans, even at important events like his own company’s initial public offering.

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While Wall Street suits panned his casual attire as “a mark of immaturity,” it’s become his signature look — and certainly nothing he’s embarrassed about. In one of his first TV interviews after the IPO, Zuckerberg told the TODAY Show’s Matt Lauer, “I wear the same thing every day… My drawer is about 20 of these gray t-shirts.” He’s so busy that wearing the same clothes every day just gives him “one less thing to think about,” he explained to Facebook interns in summer 2011.

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While you may have seen photos of him wearing his trademark tee at various tech events, do you remember when he wore it while riding a water buffalo in Vietnam? NewsFeed decided to round-up the best pictures of Zuckerberg in his gray tee, whether he’s rubbing shoulders with celebrities or taking a stroll à Paris.

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Zuckerberg applauds in front of a giant photo of his dog Beast at Facebook’s annual f8 conference in San Francisco on September 22, 2011, where he introduced the Timeline feature. The Puli, a type of Hungarian sheepdog, lives in Palo Alto with the CEO and his wife Priscilla Chan – a doctor who loves the two-year-old pup so much she walked down the aisle with it when the power couple got hitched in May 2012. Beast’s Facebook page boasts more than 1.5 million fans.

Facebook website founder Mark Zuckerberg rides a water buffalo in northern resort town of Sapa in Lao Cai province, Vietnam, Dec. 26, 2011.

Le Thanh Hieu / VnExpress / APZuckerberg’s gray tee matches the water buffalo he rode in the resort town of Sapa in Lao Cai province, Vietnam, during a Dec. 26, 2011 vacation with Chan before they got married.gong
Bloomberg / Getty ImagesZuckerberg hits a gong to celebrate the debut of “Places,” a feature that allows users to check in to the social network wherever they go, during a press conference in Palo Alto, Calif., on August 18, 2010.

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Dressed from head to toe in gray, Snoop Dogg must be doing a Zuckerberg impersonation! The Facebook CEO hung out with the hip-hop artist (center) and Napster creator Sean Parker (right) at the Celebration of Music festival in San Francisco on September 22, 2011.

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Speaking of Zuckerberg impersonations, you’ve got to watch the one Andy Samberg did at the 2011 f8 conference in San Francisco. “Under this t-shirt are rock-solid, cut and greased abs,” the Saturday Night Live star joked.

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Zuckerberg is again spotted wearing a gray t-shirt while strolling along the world famous Rue de Rivoli (home to the Louvre in Paris) on May 25, 2011, a couple of days before he went to the G8 summit in Deauville and gave a talk about the dangers of government regulation of the web. For that occasion, he wore – gasp! – a suit and tie.

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Honestly, I think that most investors and business leaders dealing with Zuckerberg would be more interested in his past and present performance as a CEO than his t-shirts.  Bottom line is that he built a business from nothing into a multibillion dollar enterprise in his twenties and the t-shirts that he wears are just window dressing in comparison that probably even appeal to his target audience.  It should also be considered that the single outfit philosophy did not hurt Albert Einstein or Steve Jobs who also swore by it.