And the hot side, hot

From The SartorialistLynn spent some of yesterday surfing through The Sartorialist, and happened upon several outfits she deemed worthy of note, or at least snark. Whether she’s analyzed this particular ensemble correctly, I don’t know, but I’m willing to throw the question open:

I have never understood why anyone would wear shorts with a sweater. If it’s warm enough for shorts it is too warm for a sweater; if it’s cool enough for a sweater it’s too cool for shorts, therefore it always looks silly when you put the two together. All I can think of is she’s thinking, “It’s a bit cool outside but my legs are too awesome not to show off so I’ll suffer.”

Sounds plausible enough. And besides, this was in New York, where it can be a touch on the chilly side in the morning, and then you roast alive in the afternoon, or so I’m told.

Update: See also this Seattle incident.



  1. Laura »

    3 August 2011 · 8:43 pm

    I never understood sweaters with shorts or any sweater for that matter in the summer months.

  2. McGehee »

    3 August 2011 · 8:45 pm

    Years ago when I was still grinding my way to a college degree in Sacramento, I used to drive to a light-rail station so I could park free off-campus and take the university’s free shuttle to my classes. There was a couple that also rode the shuttle and always wore shorts, even on the coldest winter mornings.

    Nor did they dress warmly above the belt loops when the rest of us were bundled up against near-freezing cold (it may have been northern California, but it was still California).

    The only sense I could make of it was they were recent arrivals from North Dakota. Or they were direct descendants of one Victor Fries.

  3. Gina »

    4 August 2011 · 1:05 am

    You should see MN. We got yahoos running around in the middle of winter wearing sweatshirts and shorts. I think the weather we have causes brain damage. But that’s just me.

  4. Tatyana »

    4 August 2011 · 10:56 am

    Evidently, half of newyorkers descended from MN. An usual picture in the middle of winter freeze (with wet wind…) is a young woman in fur coat and sandals, hose-less.

  5. Kim »

    4 August 2011 · 11:49 am

    Regarding the “Seattle Incident” ~ in my defense, I was on vacation, had limited luggage space, had no idea it could be that cold in the summer, etc. … Yeah, OK … I admit it. I was a clueless tourist. (And, oh boy, did I EVER look like a tourist.) But, hey, when I’m in NY … now then I KNOW how to pack ~ and dress! :)

  6. Tatyana »

    4 August 2011 · 4:23 pm

    …forgot to add: and reversely, in the scorching summer heat girls wear doll-size shorts, a top that is 3″ long and starts at nipple level and Uggs.

  7. McGehee »

    4 August 2011 · 6:08 pm

    Kim, Mark Twain’s complaint, “The coldest winter I ever spent was one summer in San Francisco,” might have been instructive — especially considering Seattle is many hundreds of miles farther north.

  8. CGHill »

    4 August 2011 · 10:19 pm

    In conversation with a lovely lady from San Francisco (in case you were wondering what possible use Twitter can be), I questioned whether Twain ever said anything like that, inasmuch as he grew up in northern Missouri, not known for its benign winters. Said she: “Believe it.” If Twain didn’t say it, he probably should have. Snopes, of course, has its own take. Besides, Thomas Jefferson warned us about believing everything we see on the Internet.

    Speaking of lovely ladies, I showed the photo of the questionable ensemble to someone about my age who hasn’t shown anywhere near enough leg this summer. She found the combination a bit odd, but the color scheme was quite acceptable.

  9. McGehee »

    4 August 2011 · 10:48 pm

    Twain was, of course, practicing hyperbole — but when the Giants promoted their home games at Old Candlestick by showing people half-frozen despite wearing parkas (to show why they were playing more home games during the day instead), the locals didn’t rise up in righteous indignation.

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