Practical Clothing: Your Mother was RIGHT

I was chatting with a friend about the cold weather when it dawned on me: although it is regularly more than 20 degrees cooler here in Vermont, winters in Manhattan felt much colder. I realized this was because I was usually wearing skirts and heels, (practically naked by Vermont standards) a chic but flimsy jacket, and no hat whatsoever. Teetering back and forth to the subway in this ensemble, I'd curse the cold under my breath. And I wasn't the only one -- all the women at my office dressed like this. Some days I was so cold it actually hurt, but at least I didn't look ridiculous.

snow shoe duck feet
Things change. I now wear snow pants on a regular basis. That's correct, suspendered, puffy snowpants...the same variety worn, albeit larger, by drippy-nosed first graders on the playground at recess. I also wear snow boots every day, and my hair is permanently flatted by my pom-pommed ski hat. Long underwear is another standard. And no outfit is complete with out a pair of Darn Tough wool socks. I am a thermal, stay-puffed, down-insulated snow beast. In poor lighting, it's probably difficult to guess my gender.

But I feel warm! Which means I enjoy more of the winter. Skiing, snowshoeing, sledding...just like a kid. And I'm not the only one, all the women in Vermont dress like this. Some days I miss wearing chic but flimsy jackets and stylish heels. But I stick to my snow clothes.

Wearing anything else would be ridiculous.

Sarah (February 7, 2011 at 9:20 AM)  

So true! All winter long my husband and I wear our long underwear inside--we look like bandits all in black. But it makes it easier to add the layers for heading outside. I'm at a loss now when I have to put on "real" clothes.

ashley (February 9, 2011 at 6:37 PM)  

this is so incredibly true. i used to be horribly under/poorly-dressed, until hubs showed me how to dress properly. now i'm toasty season-round.

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