Thoughts on Shopping and Weather

Yes- a very odd title indeed. What in the world do shopping and the weather have in common? 


Today I spent a few hours visiting some favourite haunts in search of vintage treasures (got some great, coats, a really pretty gown...). The problem is: I live in Canada. It is January, and it is C-O-L-D!

For those of us who live in cold climates, it is important to note that a mere trip to the store can constitute a very long, tedious. agonizing, preposterous dressing process. Is this a fair statement?

As a little girl, I would resent the hours spent dressing for recess and lunch-time outdoor play (I can only imagine the poor teachers who had to deal with the infinite paraphernalia that goes into 'appropriate winter attire'). It took so long to put on snow pants, snow suits, hats, gloves, scarves and, as always, the ever-exhausting snow boots that nine times out of ten would have a lining missing. Reverse the 'clothing on' time to taking it all off again. I clearly remember the missing socks that got stuck in my boots, or (my favourite) the big puddle that I'd often step in on the way to class- guaranteeing a wet sock for the rest of the day.

Ah- childhood is a magical time, isn't it?!

Even as an adult, it is a much longer process to get ready for the day during the colder months.  What to wear out just for a bag of milk can take a while. If it's raining: Waterproof. Snowing and blowing: Down-filled. And the list goes on.The simplest errand turns into more time, making sure the right coat, footwear, gloves, hat and scarf are either on us or with us. I cheerfully call the above items the 'just in case factor.'

Coming back to my day of shopping for a moment. I realized too late that I had worn 3 layers of clothing plus a coat and scarf to the store. Outside, I was as snug as a bug...but when I went inside the store, I very quickly became an incubator. Instead of shedding a layer or two, I couldn't be bothered to take anything off, so chose to ignore it. Problem...I could feel myself on the verge of passing out. 

My 'vintage search' came to an earlier end than I anticipated. My fault completely.

For a long time I was against wearing fur. When I was a very young girl, my Mom had a muskrat coat that I used to snuggle up to whenever she wore it. When I became a teenager, I was against anything fur. As I am now older and have many beautiful coats at the store, (both real and faux fur) I can safely say that when I wear the fur, I am always warm. There is a reason why people for centuries have worn fur- precisely to keep warm. I am not sure about the more modern fur garments- but all my vintage pieces are toasty-warm.

I realize that this is a controversial and somewhat sensitive issue for some. I get it. All I can say is that today, if I had worn a fur coat, I would have only had to shed one layer. 



Rachel Behling
Rachel Behling


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