Dale Irby is a creature of habit. The Dallas, Texas physical education teacher wore the exact same polyester shirt and knit sweater vest for the past 40 years of yearbook photos.
The 2012-2013 Prestonwood Elementary School yearbook marks the outfit’s final appearance. According to the Dallas Morning News, Irby retired after a 40-year career.
Irby’s work wardrobe consisted mainly of athletic clothes. With few formal options, he chose the shirt and sweater combo for his first yearbook photo in 1973. The following year, he accidentally repeated the outfit, he told the Dallas Morning News.
“I was so embarrassed when I got the school pictures back that second year and realized I had worn the very same thing as the first year,” he said.
His wife, Cathy, a language arts teacher, dared him to repeat the outfit for his third yearbook photo. Irby thought it would be funny to extend the prank for five years. “After five pictures,” he said, “It was like, ‘Why stop?’”
This video, compiled by the Dallas Morning News, depicts the 40 nearly identical yearbook photos. Irby says the shirt still buttons if he “sucks it in a little.” Without any yearbook photos in his future, Irby says he’s ready to retire the ensemble!