Washington to Washington

My journey from Seattle, WA to Washington, DC. When we moved here we began to discover the differences from the west coast and the east coast--and I'm not talking about the music. It's a fun look at the differences and prespectives from one Washington to the other.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

There’s no such thing as fashion in 14 degrees

Walking from the office to my car is always an interesting observation in fashion.

My office building is not in the District; however, it is on the Metro line and in a “revamped” city on the boarder. Therefore, there are many hipsters, federal employees, and high power executives walking through the building’s courtyard to either catch the next train or working in the area. Needless to say, there is a variety of fashion coming and going to entertain my walk.

Yesterday, I noticed a pretty girl in boots with her pants tucked into them, a lightweight ‘designer’ coat, and a beanie that was clearly for looks and not for warmth. She was complaining to her walking companion that she was freezing. I had to roll my eyes.

Personally, when the weather is below 30 degrees, I usually try to dress appropriately: warm coat, scarf, gloves, proper footwear, etc. I even have a different coat for different weather conditions, i.e. snow, rain, artic wind. Nevertheless, many women around here walk around in clothes that barely warm keep their coffee warm.

I joked with my mom, “there is no such thing as fashion when it’s cold outside.” Her response was, “well, not when you are on the east coast.” She was right, but I have to disagree. I’m wearing my big, ugly, “Seattle brand” coat, my “snow shoes” (not heels) and a hat that covers my ears!