Is this what fashion has come to????

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Registered: 10-11-2003
Is this what fashion has come to????
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Fri, 12-19-2003 - 6:46pm
It is freakin' cold in my part of CA today. Okay by some standards I realize it is not that cold BUT the mid to low 40's is cold for where I live.

Anyhoo...I was driving home after working a half day (don't ya just LOVE the holidays) when I saw a mother putting her 3yo-ish DD in a mini-van. Mom is wearing, a knit cap, a scarf, ultra low-rise jeans, boots AND a VERY belly revealing jacket (not midrif ladies,I am talking the from below the navel to the bottom of the breast bone) so one must assume that the shirt she is wearing is also equally revealing on this cold winter day.

So after I got done laughing at the contrasting seasonal styles it dawned on me that not only did that look like a winter jacket (just less of it) BUT some designer somewhere in the world created and marketed that thing as a jacket. Aren't jackets supposed to keep you covered from the elements?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 12-19-2003 - 7:40pm
It does sound rediculous. Keep your neck stylishly warm, but your vital organs exposed to the cold? I guess it worked for the people who designed the Chippendale's wristwarmers though...

LOL

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sat, 12-20-2003 - 1:21pm
I get a kick out of the "I'm too hot. No! Wait! I'm too cold" fashions. Last winter I saw somebody in flip-flops and a parka. And then there are the very long scarves worn with a t-shirt.

I haven't yet seen a bathing suit and mittens, but I'm waiting.

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Sat, 12-20-2003 - 5:32pm

I haven't seen a bathing suit and mittens yet, either....but I have seen a FUR bathing suit.

Hugs,

Bridget & Ethan (5)

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Registered: 08-16-2003
Sun, 12-21-2003 - 1:42pm
I live in Northern California and I don't wear a jacket outside during the "winter" most of the time, in fact my heat has been on once so far this winter. Some of us have "climatized" ourselves, I spent 18 years in Central New York where winter begins in October and doesn't end until April so I am quite used to the colder temps we have here. If people think I'm nuts that's fine, they're not paying for the clothing I wear so if they don't like to see me in what I do wear (tee shirt and jeans, sometimes sweats) then they don't have to look.
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Registered: 11-12-2003
Sun, 12-21-2003 - 4:13pm
Yikes... you obviously don't live in the same part of Northern CA that I do!
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Registered: 08-16-2003
Sun, 12-21-2003 - 8:35pm
I live North East of Sacramento, 10 minutes from Placerville. Like I said I have kept myself climatized 30 degrees at this time of year is nothing for me.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sun, 12-21-2003 - 9:14pm
My California "winter" parka didn't make it past October here in the Northeast. My first winter here, I *froze.* Now I own stock in LL Bean (kidding, but I should) and own wooly socks, mittens, long underwear, sweaters, turtlenecks, flannel lined pants, and a parka good in -10 degree weather. Plus BOOTS. Not some flimsy ass boots either. Real boots.

I love winter. Real winter. Not that fake winter you Californian's get. :-)

outside_the_box_mom -- born and bred California native :-)

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Registered: 08-16-2003
Mon, 12-22-2003 - 1:58pm
I spent 18 years in Central New York before returning to California last year...



Last year where my Ex lives they got almost 6 feet of snow...I think that would qualify as a "real" winter. One of the things that made me decide to move back here was waking up Mother's Day morning 2002 and finding almost 2 feet of snow on the ground...and yes I am quite aware that Mother's day is in MAY. I have seen it snow in JUNE in Central New York. I do not own a parka any longer, have no need for it. I have one wardrobe for year round to which I add sweatshirts and sweaters instead of having to purchase two separate wardrobes, one for fall/winter which lasts from Mid August until late May. Another for spring/summer which is as far as I'm concerned far to short in Central New York. I am 50 years old, tired of shoveling 4 feet of snow off the driveway in order to get the car out so I can spend an hour on the road getting to my job which is 10 minutes from my home because of the snow. I am not a "winter sports" enthusiast" I prefer warm weather sports and I tend to "hibernate" when I see snow. Now my winters consist of a few weeks of rain and fog before the temps start climbing and I LOVE it. I prefer to remaing barefooted and in tee shirts to snow boots and having to wear half my closet just to go to the grocery store...:-)