A coat quandry

The weather we’re having these days has me totally and completely stymied as to how to clothe myself. Heading out today around 11:30 am, I put on my long down coat that has been my go-to outer layer for weeks. I live on the 20th floor of a high rise, so stepping outside to figure out how the weather feels is not an option. I do have a small thermometer that hangs in my living room window, but when it told me that the temperature was 50 degrees, I discovered that I had lost the ability to judge what that meant in terms of coats. So I put on the heavy coat and headed downstairs. When I got outside I discovered that I was impressively overdressed, as the shining sun made the day almost balmy. But not quite balmy enough to be outside with no coat whatsoever.

As I walked to Penn to meet some friends, I started sweat inside my unzipped coat, causing a heating and cooling system that was most uncomfortable. When I arrived at lunch and took off my coat, I discovered that my arms and back were completely damp. One of my friends looked at me and asked if I had been splashed by a truck going through a puddle. That’s how sweat-soaked I had become.

So heading out for class tonight, I thought I was being smart by wearing just a hooded sweatshirt and a down vest. Except that once I got to campus and started walking away from my car, I realized that the temperature had dropped significantly and that I longed for the down coat that has caused my discomfort earlier in the day.

There is no moral to this story other than the fact that I am ready, oh so ready, for spring to really be here so that I can stop making so many outerwear mistakes.

1 Comment so far

  1. Jeff (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 11:54 pm

    My friend had the same problem today, because she wore a heavy coat yesterday when it was in the 50s and sunny, and thought it would be okay to just wear a hooded sweatshirt when we went to Rita’s ;-X



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