Forgetting your clothes at 40 below
As a regular reader of my blog, you know that I am a passionate ballroom dancer and that dancing is the only exercise I do. My husband and I practice in a studio owned by the Fairbanks NorthStar Ballet. Of course, during the training I wear gym gear like print leggings with a top or when we are working on a choreography for an upcoming performance a practice skirt. Doing the latter is important to get the speed in turning right. The voluminous skirt of a ball gown – see this post from Dancing with the Fairbanks Stars for a photo – develops sort of a life of its own. It reduces your speed in turning and it still spins when you stop. If you don’t practice the dance with this effect, your performance will look awkward.
Loosing outerwear ins spring or fall
Of course, I don’t arrive in my practice attire. There are dressingrooms that the dancers can use. I can understand that teenagers may forget their jacket in the shoulder seasons when it is still/already chilly in the morning, but already/still pleasant in the later afternoon like it is the case in late April/early May or in early September. I can understand that kids forget their gloves or hats and that their guardians are to busy/stressed out to realize it. However, there is something that doesn’t get into my head.
Each week there is at least one down jacket or other heavy coat that was left behind. At temperatures in the double negative digits (colder than -23.3C) , one would think that you realize that you forgot to put on your outerwear when leaving the building. Even when your mom/dad picks you up at the front door.
Not that I never lost something or forgot something somewhere. But forgetting outerwear when it is so frigid cold outside that a freezer seems to be warm!
Walking thru the snow in ballet shoes
Monday last week, I saw the most incredible abondomned iten in the Lost and Found basket: A pair of heavy duck boots! At -20F and below (-28.9C) and about 5 to 6 inch (12.7 to 15.2 cm) of snow on Sunday, one would think that a person would realize running outside in their ballet shoes!
Not that I have never run out the house in winter bare feet by accident. But I realized it and went back to put on shoes to go to the just 20 yards to the mail box. The cold ground just hurts on your feet. That’s why I wore boots at 40 below for the bikini photo. And yes, I wear one shoes size up in winter to avoid cold feet at frigid temperatures. Shouldn’t s/he feel the freezing cold ground thru the ballet shoes too? What relationship do they have to their clothes and footwear?
My favorite trend
Now to my winter business casual look. One of my favorite trends this season and in the upcoming season is the mixing of prints and pattern. The animal print trend is great to pull this trend off as it acts like a neutral when the piece in the animal’s natural color. When you never wore the mixed print and pattern trend before, start with an leopard print and floral or animal print and something geometric like glencheck or plaid or stripes. See this post on mixing prints and pattern to find out what works and what doesn’t. When you want to try the animal print trend you can find out how to look sophisticated in animal prints in this post.
Business casual winter work outfit with leopard, floral and glencheck
In todays, outfit I mixed leopard with floral for the outerwear. Despite I this puffer coat already several times on the blog, I never showed you its incredible print inside. Too bad that the coat isn’t convertible. The tiger and face print would be so cool street chic. Underneath I wore a business casual winter office look with a solid sweater and wool skirt. What are you wearing to work these days?
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