What Cold Weather?

Even in frigid temperatures, if you want to look good, you forsake the coat.  Leica M9, Summarit-M 90mm f/2.5.
Even in frigid temperatures, if you want to look good, you forsake the coat. Leica M9, Summarit-M 90mm f/2.5.

In one of the coldest days of the year in Washington, DC I ventured into town to see whether there were any brave souls willing to challenge the bone-chilling temperatures from the previous couple of days.  After all, this is a city where a mere one-inch of snow pretty much shuts down the entire metro area (OK, any excuse to leave work is good enough, but still).  To my surprise, while most of the crowds were huddled inside the museums along Constitution Avenue, true fashionistas were out in force, proving that even when your fingers are turning black from the impending frostbite, it is still possible to look good.  Of course, this seemed to apply mostly to to a certain age group (see the photo above).  For those in my age group (no, I’m not telling), quadruple layering was the order of the day.  Patagonia on the first layer, REI on the second, 300-thread fleece on the third, and a windbreaker on the fourth.  Oh, and I almost forgot about that fashion statement thing.  Simple: there was none.