Thursday, November 29, 2012
City Streets: Pretending it's not winter.
It's cold, but we're in denial. I suppose depending on if you're in Miami Beach or Chicago you might feel differently, but it's freezing here in New York, and I've still got "warm weather clothes" out on display. Fall layering is fun and trendy, but all the bulk has me bummed. I'd say particularly when it comes to not being a size two, the idea of adding to my width, not that I'm a giant either, just leaves me a little self conscious. But that's just me speaking for myself. What about all the size two's? They could add layer upon layer and still look thin...they're still rocking their summer trends too. What about all the lace? What about all the skirts? Certainly, I'm not the only one having this issue. I don't think it's a matter of size for most of the fashion obsessed either. I think it comes down to just one thing: if we like it, we're going to wear it,
weather whether it's comfortable slash appropriate or not.
We've long slated our nonsensicle idea that although high heels are incredibly stupid and painful, we'll still wear them because they look cute. My very new obsession with platforms has me limping around the house when I get home at night, but "they make my chubby little legs looks so much longer" is my irrational rationalization. Bugger the orthopedic issues I might be unable to errase twenty years from now. Well, long story short, I think we're applying this same silliness to non-winter apparel, thinking we'll just freeze and look cute in the process.
My other theory goes a little deeper than that. I think we had such a fantastic fashionable summer we're afraid to undo it somehow by covering up all those trends we've fallen in love with. It has been quite a romance, I'd have to say, and now we don't want to break up. It's that summer fling that lasted much too long, and now you've gotta get serious. This week I finally, and begrudgingly pulled my winter coat from the deepest, darkest part of my closet. Just short of crossing my arms over my chest, and repeatedly stamping my foot on the floor screaming "I don't wanna"! I violently threw it on, half defeated, and half wimpering. I felt as the though the cold air and the coat were both smug and mocking when I looked in the mirror before heading out. However, I got the last laugh because under my drab necessity I had on an amazing outfit and no sooner was I back inside, I removed my coat- just as violently as I'd put it on- and strutted around in my awesome, not so wintery outfit, looking as fab as ever.
After all, fashion creativity is one of the only things that allows us to throw practicality out the window. Who cares if, what some, might see as a priority; staying warm, we see as a set back. My necessity to look good will always outweigh my necessity to be comfortable. If being comforable happens, that's just an added bonus.
Do you have the warm weather bug? Or do you have an actual cold bug from walking around with not enough clothes on? Some of us have been lucky enough to have the best of both words and put stylish summer/ winter wardrobes together and come up with some great fresh new looks! Check out these less than warm outfits, that have us longing for the sun.