December 31, 2008

Four Seasons

It is still December (if only for today), which means that winter is far from over. If you live in Chicago, you know that our coldest months are yet to come and that our winters can stretch well into spring. Why, then, did I receive an e-mail from Old Navy advertising "New Spring Styles for the Family" today? Anyone else find this disturbing? I mean, what would I do with a lace-knit cami or mid-rise Bermudas this time of the year? Seriously!

Anyone else feel like this phenomena seems to happen earlier and earlier each year? It's along the same lines as selling Christmas decorations in October (which happened this year). Why are we always in such a hurry to get to the next thing?

Maybe it's wishful thinking, but I feel like winter is practically ignored when it comes to clothing. The fall line is revealed, a couple of sweaters are added to the mix, and then the spring line is introduced. I was still waiting for the really warm stuff to be revealed. Did I miss something?

Certainly, I recognize that there are parts of the country that do not freeze over into a winter wonderland, but I feel somewhat slighted that these massive clothing chains have dismissed winter before it truly arrives. Would it really be that difficult to sell winter clothing all winter long? When I finally get sick of digging out my car in ballet flat shoes, it would be nice to walk into a store and actually find snow boots still on the shelves rather than flip flops. I'm just sayin'!

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