My Fashion Doppelganger Moment

Maybe it has happened to you.  It’s that moment when you walk into your office, a party, or a big event like a prom or your child’s wedding, and you see someone there wearing the EXACT SAME THING.  Eeek, it’s your fashion doppelganger!  Admittedly, this is a bigger problem for women than men. But, nevertheless, you are stuck.   There is not much you can do, so you bravely make the best of it.  I’ve found that humor helps.  I’ve also come to realize that WHO the other person is can make it a funnier or more awkward situation.

red suede cowboy jacketMy own fashion doppelganger moment was comical. I was living in NY, had just started dancing at a country-western club, and recently learned the two-step. I was in a “cowboy” frame of mind.  While at a business conference in Nashville TN, I saw this flashy red suede western-style jacket with fringe.  Thinking it would be the bomb on the dance floor, I bought it without hesitation. That same night we had a group outing to the Grand Ole Opry and I took the opportunity to break out my new fashion statement.  I wore the jacket over my little black dress, preening like a peacock, feeling a bit too proud, and garnering a lot of attention from my team.  Halfway through the show, a very small man with a very big cowboy hat and an even bigger guitar came on stage to sing.  He was probably close to 80 years old, had a high-pitched twangy voice…and he was wearing the IDENTICAL red suede jacket. My group broke out in gales of laughter. The only thing I could do was laugh with them.  It was actually pretty funny.

When I got back home, I sadly discovered that the jacket really didn’t work well on the dance floor.  It was too hot for dancing and, when I spun, the fringe whipped around hitting me and my partner in the face.  The jacket hung in my closet for over 10 years, reminding me of my night of fashion doppelganger hilarity, until I finally gave it to the Salvation Army.

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