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Monday, October 03, 2005

Common Sense Cover Up

Here in Wisconsin today it is 85 degrees. For October 3rd, that's very warm. All around me are signs of fall, but the weather most definitely says it's still summer. I'm wearing a t-shirt and shorts, even though we still have our air conditioning on. In summary: Dammit, it's hot.

Well, that doesn't stop my 13-year old daughter from wearing jeans, a long-sleeve t-shirt, another t-shirt under that and a track jacket. I think her only concession to the weather was a pair of flip-flops. All of this, even after I told her at least 3 times: "Honey, it's going to be really hot today." What I should have said is: Don't forget that you go to school in one of the oldest and most poorly-ventilated buildings around and every day that you leave school you whine about how hot it is there.

It wouldn't matter, she'd still wear the same thing. I talked to a friend today and she said that the kids walking by her house to school were also wearing the same thing. What happened to comfort? What happened to not aiding and abetting sweat? What happened to common sense?

I know what's happening, but I really don't want to acknowledge it: This is how they dress in and on Laguna Beach. My daughter mentioned it in passing one day and I noticed that it was true. It could be raining lava and she's still wearing jeans. I realize that this makes me sound old and crabby, but I just don't get it.

Think there will ever be a day when sensible clothes are popular? As if!


At 7:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My teenage daughter has me hooked on that stupid show!

She begged me to watch it with her and now I am a fan.

I am a pathetic loser!

My kids dress that way too but their schools are FREEZING!

We live in the south and trust me, most of our taxpayer dollars go toward electricity to pump that air!

Jeans and flip flops are THE thing here too.
Hoodie sweatshirts too.


I wore a polo shirt under an oxford yesterday and all the boys on my son's team were like "Ms Mary, POP your collar!"
I did and they got a kick out of it.

(that means to stand up the collar of the polo shirt by the way)


At 4:11 AM , Anonymous Flargin said...

hahaha. i like the idea of 'raining lava' and wearing jeans. i have to admit ive never seen the show in question. but id also say that doing something because a show told you its cool usually leads to trouble... remember the three stooges?

At 6:34 AM , Anonymous mar said...

I don't know the show but I have a teenager son... !!! Here via Michele

At 10:44 AM , Blogger Dirk the Feeble said...

I had the exact opposite problem - my parents used to give me shit because I'd dress like it was 90 degress outside when it was really the middle of winter. The bottom line is: kids are going to do whatever makes the least sense.

At 3:02 PM , Blogger Juliabohemian said...

just be glad she is covering up! these days 13 year olds dress like little hookers -especially in Laguna Beach where, thankfully, it has never rained lava.

At 8:09 AM , Blogger Pieces of Me said...

LOL that was the funniest post...What you should wear will NEVER be either freeze in the winter or die of heat when it is warm outside...ugh! here via michele

At 8:45 AM , Blogger Terry said...

I can totally relate. I have a teenage boy who wears a sweatshirt two sizes too big for him no matter what the weather is like. Goodness. Yes, what happened to common sense?
I'm listing you on my blog. :)
At Terry's house

At 2:16 PM , Blogger Jennifer said...

I have a seven year old who hasn't yet learned to dress appropriately. She has been dragging sweaters out this week. It IS cold in the mornings, but she's always sweaty by lunchtime. You'd think she'd catch on after a few days of it...?!?

At 2:28 PM , Blogger Christi said...

As a fashion major I can totally understand where you're coming from. It's true, it seems the more sensless a trend, the more popular it will be. Anybody remember when sweatbands were popular to be worn as accessories as opposed to a workout necessity? Or how about sunglasses being worn indoors.

Unfortunatley while there are such media icons such as Laguna Beach and the OC, styles such as these will forever be in place. After all, our kids need to go someplace for inspiration right? Leave to MTV to provide that inspiration.

Someday when I'm a famous fashion designer, I'll coin sensible clothing and put it on all of MTV's reality vixens. Then I promise, you're children will finally where what they're supposed to, when they're supposed to =)

But a PS side note. As for kids wearing something because a television show "told them to wear it", I really don't think that's the case. It's more that these kids are drawing inspiration for their clothing choices from things they see every day. And right now Laguna Beach is the hot show!

Maybe we should re-introduce Leave it To Beaver or the Brady Bunch into the media. I guarantee conservative styles would defintley return!

Hang in there, winter's almost here and I'm sure you're daughter will latch on to some new trend and you won't have to worry about track jackets in this weather anymore.

But a PPS..that whole popping the collar thing has GOT to go. I blame Abercrombie for that one. ICK!

Thanks for stopping by my blog by the way!!! =)

At 6:17 AM , Anonymous Raindrop Fairy said...

Hello, Michele sent me.

I agree with Juliabohemian. At least she's covered up.

At 9:16 PM , Blogger Michele said...

Stopping by to say hello....

Shh, don't tell anyone but I still do not dress in weather-wise fashion, however, I do in the oppisite season that your daughter does. It could be freezing out BUT if my outfit looks good with open toe shoes, that is what I will wear.

Sensible? Hell no! Fashionable? Hell yes!

Now, I MUST blogroll you. Proving once again how fashionable I am. (wink)

At 5:54 AM , Anonymous mar said...

Hi, Michele sent me. I was here earlier.

At 10:29 PM , Blogger yellojkt said...

My son stays in shorts and t shirts until there is frost in the morning. Then he switches to jeans and hoodies for six months.

At 8:50 AM , Blogger panthergirl said...

That's so funny... I had the opposite problem with my daughter when she was in High School. No jacket, EVER, no matter how cold!

And it seemed like none of the kids wore jackets. (We live in the Northeast, so it gets really cold!!!)

Thankfully she wasn't part of the "flip flop crowd" who wear those all winter long.

At 7:00 AM , Blogger Yoggy Adams said...


Michele sent me!

I remeber wearing what ever made you fit in with whichever crowd was 'in' at the time regardless of what the whether

At 10:10 AM , Blogger TC said...

Too funny. I can't imagine dressign that way in that heat! Kids.

Michele sent me.

At 1:01 PM , Blogger Carmi said...

I've always wondered why logic and emotion are such polar opposites in the fashion world. When I was a teenager, I wore whatever made me feel comfy. That wasn't what was considered in style at the time, however, so I was seen as an aloof doofus by most of my classmates. Oh well, popularity was never my thing anyway.

Which proves the point: either you fit in by wearing what others wear and doing what others do, or you risk being ostracized. It is as true at 13 as it is at any other age.

The consumerist society knows no bounds.

Visiting from Michele's today. Great post!


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