It started out with just a few errands to run...so I threw on a woman's everyday capri outfit. Like this...
First stop was a visit to a tire shop which does general car repairs too. I had been there before, and was addressed as, and given preferential treatment as last time, as a woman. When I walked in this time, there were four women seated and waiting, with kids in tow. And a man in line waiting to be served. He moved me ahead of him in line, saying "ladies first." Fortunately my repair was simple (patching a nail puncture) so he wasn't delayed long because of his courtesy...
Second stop was at an auto parts store, with burly guys buying parts and non-burly guys perusing the shelves. This was the store where the "guy in the skirt" worked at one time, but I haven't seen him in a while. Nobody raised an eyebrow, including the elderly man at the cash register, who addressed me as "Ma'am." And on the way out two clerks who had been on break (one male, one female) held the door open for me and thanked me for shopping there. And then she said, "have a nice day, Ma'am."
At the shoe shop, the proprietor addressed me as "Ma'am" - just like he usually does. And he did a small job for me right away, while the guy who came in with a similar job had to come back at noon. "Thanks for stopping in again, Ma'am."
Last stop was the pharmacy. The lady clerk used all appropriate female terms, and complimented my sandals
Needless to say, this was one of my best days in a while!