Call the Fashion Police – I Wore the Same Top Two Days in a Row

same dress twiceIt seems I broke a hard and fast fashion rule today.  I wore the same top two days in a row and one of the teenage girls who rides on my school bus was quick to point it out with a surprised, albeit, flaberghasted,  “You are wearing the same top you wore yesterday,” comment.

Other girls on my bus who attend a school where uniforms are the norm didn’t seem to flinch about my wearing the same thing twice in a row though I suddenly noticed that even though they have uniforms the same combination of shorts, pants, kilts, jersey and blouse is not often worn two days in a row.  Those attending the other high school, never wear the same clothes during a week.

I recall all too well the struggle of my wardrobe juggling, to make sure I didn’t wear the same outfit twice in one week to high school and later into the workplace.  At one point I even wrote down what I wore in my journal so I could refer back and make sure I didn’t wear it again.

When you are living on a tight budget it is not easy to make sure you don’t wear the same thing so I discovered the miracle of “the scarf” and had a collection of silk scarves second to none.  They were purchased easily at the thrift stores and offered a great variety to my wardrobe.  I even had a video which taught me several ways to wear scarves so that I would not be accused of wearing the same one twice the same way.

In this world of double standards, the wearing of an outfit twice, is high on the list of things men can do that women can’t.  Men can wear uniforms every day of the week and look sharp.   Women wear the same shirt two days in a row and we are chastised and shunned. The Duchess and her Crown Prince are shining examples of this.  At least when she or Michelle Obama wear the same dress twice they are seen as “thrifty”.

When it comes to me, as you already know, it’s all about practical.  I have a small collection of clothes which are assigned to “bus driving” so as not to get grease and grime on everything I own.  In the winter when all is covered with the same coat every day it is a non issue what is under the coat but I discovered today that the young women of the world are still on high alert about fashion repeats.  I will be careful to wear a different top in the morning.

For you interest consider reading this article about a woman who wears the same thing every day to her work.  Imagine having time to think about those things that really matter in life instead of worrying about what to wear.  Empowering.


About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (, I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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