My Minnesota fashion statement

I’ve never really been one to follow the fashion trends.

I prefer turtlenecks to those colorful silky scarves in winter, I’d rather wear jeans to work every day than have to dress up for the job and, if I knew I wouldn’t be razzed terribly at the office, I wouldn’t mind buying a pair of leg warmers again.

Yes, those knitted leg warmers were trendy when I was in about the fifth grade, but they’re making a comeback – and they really did keep my legs warm!

Knowing that I’ll be spending much of the afternoon outside on Saturday covering Winterfest activities and the Deep Freeze Dip in Worthington, I’ve been gathering up the warmest of my winter attire, and I can tell you right now, I won’t be making any fashion statements down by the lakeshore.

Right now, my plan is to wear two pairs of my favorite alpaca fiber socks (of different colors of course!) underneath my pair of clodhopper boots. The long underwear will be under the blue jeans and, if I dig out a pair of jeans I fit into a couple of years ago, I have enough extra room to put a third layer (maybe sweat pants) on as well (under the jeans, of course!)

The tops (plural) will be pretty easy – a long-sleeved turtleneck under a sweatshirt, under a sweater, under my winter parka. (It is only supposed to be about 7 degrees, after all!)

I bought new gloves tonight that had better keep my fingers warm. I liked them because they had grippers on the underside – perfect for holding a pencil to take notes. (Did you know pens freeze when the air is that cold? It’s happened to me before!)

Perhaps the most laughable item I will be wearing is my new bomber hat. (It was a birthday present, so no one can make fun of it!) In all honesty, it looks like a bunny rabbit gave up its life for my new hat. Sadly, the fur appears to be nothing more than decoration (although I think it will keep my ears warm). If necessary, I’ll also have a ski-mask along to cover up even more of my face.

Hmm, maybe I should just wear the ski mask anyway – it might serve as a good disguise. If no one recognizes me, I won’t have to endure teasing!

Then again, I’d rather be making a horrible wintertime fashion statement than don a swimsuit and jump in the lake!

If you can come for a little while – or stay for the afternoon – please join me at Chautauqua Park on the shore of Lake Okabena on Saturday afternoon and watch those crazy people take the Deep Freeze Dip. The dip starts at 3 p.m.

I promise I won’t make fun of your Minnesota wintertime fashion statement – if you don’t make fun of mine!

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