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Do you have a psychological criterion as to when to wear or stop wearing a particular style or type of clothes based off the time of year temperature notwithstanding?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (21974 points ) November 4th, 2012

Here it is going into November and people around here (The Bay Area) are still in short sleeve. No sleeves, no jackets, shorts (great for gals who do them well), minis, and sandals, etc. The weather less a few lousy days of clod weather and rain has been fairly Spring like; even warmer at this time of year than I remember in 2008, 2009. Regardless of the weather when I was a child people had certain criterion that after certain months of the year you started to wear or not wear certain clothes even if the temperature swung up or down, or had thoughts like no wearing white after Labor Day, (never did figure that one out). When I was a child no one could fathom going sleeveless in a mini with sandals in November, it was much cooler this time of year back then than now, but still, even if it were a very warm November day they would bundle up because it was winter, and that is what you did. Do you have such a criterion that you don’t BBQ after Labor Day, wear white, wear shorts in mid November, etc because it just was not done or said to be proper for psychological, or personal reason nothing more?

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AmWiser's avatar

Regardless of the weather when I was a child people had certain criterion that after certain months of the year you started to wear or not wear certain clothes even if the temperature swung up or down, or had thoughts like no wearing white after Labor Day, (never did figure that one out). When I was a child no one could fathom going sleeveless in a mini with sandals in November, it was much cooler this time of year back then than now, but still,......

Yeah, yeah, yeah, that was back in the day. Times are evolving and so are people. What we use to do, people now realize they don’t have to do, etc. etc…. Take each day as it comes, if it’s 80 degrees in November, bar-b-que. Wear white in December if you so choose. If it’s a cold day in July, turn on the heat.

I never did figure out that Labor Day thingy either. So wear white whenever it suits you. :-}

cazzie's avatar

I dress for comfort these days and live at about 63 degrees north latitude, so the wool socks and underwear and never far out of reach and I actually had to have my seal skin boots on last week because it got to below -8C with over 20cm of snow. So… I don’t wear shorts in mid-November, because I would freeze my ass off.

Regardless of the date, we will take advantage of any freaky-nice weather and BBQ our food on the grill outside, but most likely eat it indoors because after June-July-August, we can’t really eat out on the deck because it is just too chilly.

It makes no sense to wear warm weather clothes when there is no warm weather. I see new imports here with their fashionable high heeled boots their first week on the snow and ice and then laugh on the inside when I see them on crutches the next week. (These girls are inevitably Russian or Thai)

JLeslie's avatar

It depends where I live. In FL by November I still wore shorts, short skirts, sandals and sleeveles if it was very warm days, but usually there were some cooler days and cool nights and the big thing was the color pallet of the clothing for the most part went to a darker winter color and hue. I would not where white shoes even in FL during the winter months, unless it was flip flops on the beach or by the pool.

In Memphis, where I live now. I go with the weather, and still no white shoes during the winter months nor white pants.

Up north I follow the after labor day rule pretty much, give or take a few weeks.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@JLeslie In Memphis, where I live now. I go with the weather, and still no white shoes during the winter months nor white pants. Is that because you don’t want to blend into the snow and get run over or because if you slip on the snow and ice and fall on your arse it don’t show as badly?

gailcalled's avatar

I tend to dress according to the antithesis of all the bizarre and illogical rules my mother established when I was young. After Labor Day? Going to sit in a hot Synagogue all day with no food. It’s 85˚ outside? Wear your woolen suit, please.

rooeytoo's avatar

I spent 8 years in the tropics so the only seasonal change in dress was whether I wore a raincoat over my shorts or not!

livelaughlove21's avatar

I live in South Carolina and, around this time of year, weather fluctuates and wardrobe tends to fluctuate with it. One day it’ll be 56 degrees and people are wearing jeans with boots and sweaters or hoodies. The next day it’ll jump up to 78 degrees and people are on shorts and flip-flops.

I don’t really see why someone would bundle up on a warm day just because it’s November. I decide what I’m wearing based on the weather forecast. I find jeans and a t-shirt works most days, down here at least.

JLeslie's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central Are you being sarcastic? Assuming you aren’t I don’t where white white slacks and shoes in Memphis in winter because it looks odd to me. Probably a mix of being raised with no white after labor day (although in Memphis I wear it through October I would say) and having worked in fashion it just looks really odd, and living in FL tourists came down in the winter in summer clothes, but people who lived in FL switched to more wintery looking attire even though the weight of the fabrics were fairly light. I do where winter white sometimes during holiday time, kind of an off-white/light beige, usually with some gold woven in.

Just to be clear, if it was 75 degrees tomorrow I might whear shorts in Memphis, well I am out in the suburbs, I probably wouldn’t downtown. Downtown in cities like NY I almost never wear white shorts or pants at all any time of year, because they are too likely to get dirty.

bookish1's avatar

No. I grew up in the tropics and I still haven’t learned that even when it’s sunny outside, it might not necessarily be warm facepalm

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@bookish1 I’m in NYS, I’ve seen -35 degrees F. I never assume.

JenniferP's avatar

II dress for myself not for others. I don’t care what anyone else thinks of me (within reason of course). If I want to wear white shoes on January 8 I will unless I might decide that the snow would make them dirty or boots may be more practical. I don’t follow conventions just to please other people. If I am cold and it is July 8 I will dress for the temperature. If I am hot and it is December I will dress accordingly.

Coloma's avatar

Yep, I wear what I want, when I want, no protocol, no psychological programming.
Here in the Sierra foothills we are having a warm few days, going for 80 tomorrow and then rain and snow showers by late Thurs. into the weekend.
Mix and match the weather this week.

I have my fleece boots and my river sandals side by side in the garage right now.
Today was a sandal day. ;-)

FutureMemory's avatar

I didn’t read the details, but can anyone tell me how many times he used the word “mini”, please?

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@FutureMemory You are too cool dude, you never disappoints, but let’s face it, minis are super duper tremendous; (they even have you notice if ever I mention them) ;-)

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