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Thread: Aren't they cold? I just don't get it!

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    Question Aren't they cold? I just don't get it!

    Last week I counted six different guys ranging in age from teen to at least 50 wearing shots and winter coats. It was near zero degrees outside. I was in a large grocery store. My friend commented that she saw several around her little rural town wearing similar garb and even flip-flops in the snow! I spoke with a friend on the phone back in Illinois and she read me an article from Midwest Living magazine that said you know you're in the Midwest when you see shorts with winter coats and flip-flops (fur-lined) in the snow. Surely these men own or could get long pants and shoes or boots. Do they not feel cold? Is this a "fashion statement"? Is this happening where you live too?

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    I've seen teenager in hoodies, jeans and sneakers with their hands jammed down in their pockets trying to keep warm. Apparently it isn't "cool" to dress for the weather?

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    Apparently it's not cool to wear a heavy winter coat in high school. Also, it's hard to fit them into the lockers with all the books, etc. I can sort of/almost understand teenagers going along with the fad. But I've known of men into their 30s and 40s who make a vow to wear shorts all winter except for work and church. I don't get that either. I want to be warm!

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    We get a number of men (over 30) who come in wearing shorts. They've just been to the gym working out and obviously didn't want to shower and change before heading home. I work at a gas station/convenience store.

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    Oh, I thought you were describing the winter appreal for Texas. It can be below freezing and if the sun is out, it's short time with pull over sweater or sweat shirt. lol

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    When we lived in Illinois, my husband used to wear shorts to shovel snow! Now, he's older and colder--must be because his blood pressure is finally under control!
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    When I was in high school, 1966-1970, it was the cool thing to wear wool shorts with knee high socks, and penny loafers. I had about three pairs and wore them on weekends when I went out. I look back now and think I was crazy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EllieGirl View Post
    When I was in high school, 1966-1970, it was the cool thing to wear wool shorts with knee high socks, and penny loafers. I had about three pairs and wore them on weekends when I went out. I look back now and think I was crazy!
    I was out of college and married by then but do remember girls wearing those shorts and socks. At least your legs were covered a bit and you had shoes instead of sandals. You probably wore coats too. Maybe I'm just colder now that I'm older, but I hope they don't get frostbite on their toes!

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    Around here they wear pants with their underwear hanging out - I guess the Native American's wore breach cloths - SIL says they had cheek skin - like your cheeks can stand the cold anything else can, too if you are used to it. When I was a kid we all wore dresses to school and bobby socks - the legs got used to it I guess. Any more, I want to be bundled up.
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    In the early 80' when "preppy" was the style, my roommate and good friend would wear long sleeve oxford shirts with her shorts...in the winter. Seemed weird even back then.

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    My brother used to ski in cut off jeans. Healthy teen metabolism often does not require as much clothing.

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    I see a lot of men with shorts on through the winter. I even saw one the other day with flip flops! Crazy!!!! This past winter I have seen teenage girls with shorts on in the mall. I have to remind myself not to judge. Big time double standard I guess.

    I'm one of those people guilty of only wearing a hoodie or no jacket at all outside unless it's absolutely frigid. I just can't stand big bulky hot coats when I'm shopping. I'm either roasting in it or carrying it around for hours in the stores. I'd rather be cold those 20 seconds jumping out of the car and into the store.

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    Here is Vermont the UPS men wore shorts all winter....

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    Fashion and comfort are often mutually exclusive. However, it makes me think of those old days when we girls all wore skirts and nylons all the time, even in freezing weather, while the guys all wore pants. When I was in college, we were forbidden to wear slacks on campus except when there was a major snowstorm. When an announcement came out on the PA system in the dorm on a snowy afternoon, "Girls, you may wear pants to dinner," you could hear cheering all through the building. This was a Catholic college in Massachusetts, and it was about a quarter mile walk to the cafeteria. It was the same in high school - again, private girls school, and we were required to wear our uniforms (plaid skirt, blazer, coat over that) regardless of the weather. Thinking back on it, I can't believe what we thought was normal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LynnVT View Post
    Fashion and comfort are often mutually exclusive. However, it makes me think of those old days when we girls all wore skirts and nylons all the time, even in freezing weather, while the guys all wore pants. When I was in college, we were forbidden to wear slacks on campus except when there was a major snowstorm. When an announcement came out on the PA system in the dorm on a snowy afternoon, "Girls, you may wear pants to dinner," you could hear cheering all through the building. This was a Catholic college in Massachusetts, and it was about a quarter mile walk to the cafeteria. It was the same in high school - again, private girls school, and we were required to wear our uniforms (plaid skirt, blazer, coat over that) regardless of the weather. Thinking back on it, I can't believe what we thought was normal.
    This is bringing back memories. I made my first pant suit in college. It was blue corduroy. I wore the pants one Saturday in the snow and got plenty of looks! About ten years later (you all know how we measure time with our children's ages) when mine were little, my Aunt was the first woman to wear a pants suit to church! She was quite outspoken so nobody criticized her - at least not out loud. My mother used to wear thin cotton house dresses all winter and put slacks underneath to go outside. But they were only for work. Times change of course, but I wonder what these warm guys will think of photos of themselves standing in the snow in shorts when they are older?

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    This must be a normal thing now. My 18 year old grandson was dressed in shorts and coat yesterday in Lowes. It looked strange to me because I was cold head to toe and was covered head to toe

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    I remember standing at the bus stop in the mornings for shool with a mini-skirt, short coat and pantyhose. The wind was whipping and you can bet I was cold.
    I do know now that I couldn't dress like that; men's and women's thermostats are different just like youngin's and older's are.
    I witnessed this dress attire yesterday in Walmart: teenagers mostly in shorts (if you can call them that because they come down well below the knee), tee-shirts and flip flops.
    I was wearing a turtleneck, courderouy pants, boots and my "heavy" winter coat which is good for the wind and snow. Yep, it was spitting snow yesterday. Each to their own?

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    Not in wyoming. the younger people don't wear coats here or they wear light sweaters.
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    It happens here in New Hampshire in the winter, too. I worked with a guy who wore shorts all year round. He said he was always hot, the long pants made him sweat too much even in the winter. I understand about being hot all the time, but wouldn't the repeated exposure to cold, dry air be bad for the skin? As for not being cool to dress for the weather, when I was in junior high school and then high school, we would be caught dead with an umbrella on rainy days. We'd arrive at school sopping wet, though! And wear a hat, no way. Although I did when it was very cold and windy. We do stupid things as kids to be in with the cool people. Hopefully, we grow out of it! LOL!
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    In 2002 my youngest daughter was in her high school performing choir, we went to Time Square in New York to compete the end of February. The first day we arrived I wasn't feeling too well, so stayed in my room to about 11 am decided it was time to get something to eat and there was a Howard Johnson's next door, so it was sunny and I thought I would just go, didn't think about grabbing a coat. While standing on the street corner waiting for the light to change people were looking at me like my hair was on fire. I just smiled wondering what was wrong with me and after I got across the street someone asked me, "Aren't you cold?" Yes - but I was just going across the street - didn't realize it was going to be such a long walk or so shocking to others. Still laughing about it all these years later. In Southern California (I live 7 miles from the Mexican Border) shorts and light sweat shirts are the norm even in the middle of winter so it it hard to remember to put on a coat.

    I may be from Kansas but after living for 40 years in So Cal the bad habits kind of takes over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CindyA View Post
    Apparently it's not cool to wear a heavy winter coat in high school. Also, it's hard to fit them into the lockers with all the books, etc. I can sort of/almost understand teenagers going along with the fad. But I've known of men into their 30s and 40s who make a vow to wear shorts all winter except for work and church. I don't get that either. I want to be warm!
    Since I have a High Schooler, I have to tell you that you hit the nail on the head! Coats are too bulky to put in the lockers. Thankfully, it is pretty "coo"l to wear Northface fleece jackets here in MD so that is what my daughter wears...that and her Uggs

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    Our front yard was Lake Erie so we knew how to dress in every thing that wasn't in the laundry hamper. We would go to town on Saturday and we'd hit the Mall and I remember thinking their Moms must not love them or she would have dressed them in winter coats and long pants. I never was one of the ''COOL'' kids---Now I even keep a couple quilts in the car.

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    I think that what many of you are calling flip-flops are in reality fleece lined Crocs. There is a lot of difference.
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    The wearing of shorts, flip-flops, and no hat, gloves, scarves, and the like in the dead of winter is also amazing to me....but what gets my gall is when a man wears a "baseball" cap in a restaurant........My son-in-law ONE TIME came into my house wearing his cap and I politely asked that he remove it.......I was brought up taught that men remove their headgear inside a house, restaurant........I so would like to ask the lady he is with if he wears that cap in the house too......

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    We have them in northern WI and I do not get it at all. Shorts and flip flops , real not fleece lined crocs) in 6 inches of snow. Dumb and I thought pants hanging down so their underwear showed was bad enough.
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