if the shoe fits, wear it


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if the shoe fits(, wear it)

If something (typically negative) applies to one, one should acknowledge it or accept responsibility or blame for it. I know you don't like being called unreliable, but if the shoes fits, wear it. A: "Why do teachers always treat me like some kind of troublemaker?" B: "If the shoe fits..."
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if the shoe fits, wear it

Also, if the cap fits, wear it. If something applies to you, accept it, as in These problems are hard to solve, and most people would need help, so if the shoe fits, wear it! This expression originated as if the cap fits, which alluded to a fool's cap and dates from the early 1700s. Although this version has not died out entirely, shoe today is more common and probably gained currency through the Cinderella fairy tale, in which the prince sought her out by means of the slipper she lost at the ball.
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if the cap fits

or

if the cap fits, wear it

BRITISH
You say if the cap fits or if the cap fits, wear it when you are telling someone that an unpleasant remark which has been made about them is probably true or fair. `She seemed to be suggesting I was lazy.' — `Well, if the cap fits.'
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If the shoe fits, wear it

and ITSFWI
sent. & comp. abb. If this applies to you, do something about it. Maybe this applies to you. ITSFWI.
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