It 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.