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I heard that phrase recently on a PBS documentary about Norwegian education. The segment was looking at learning exercises that took place outdoors. “No bad weather…” puts in a nut shell the whole foundation of Western Washington life support. The Great Big Hiking Co-op says it another way, “Cotton kills.”
It drives me nuts to hear local weather reporters talk about bad and good days, as if sun were the only valid factor. The boon of Northwest life is our mild gray average. One can wear the same wardrobe ten months of the year, with a sweater and jacket in reserve for the Fourth of July, just in case.
This is a good time to consider clothing for the cold, damp months ahead. Money spent on threads pays for itself when the heating bill shows up. Being decently clad is green, makes one mobile and resilient, and supports pastures rather than chem labs.
Writing this, I feel like a shill for the GBHC, but I have found they’re consistently three years ahead of ordinary retail, so shopping there is very good value. The dark side of this climate is hypothermia: damp chill coupled with a light wind will hurt you bad, really bad, in minutes. I find it essential to have a wool layer, silk in a warm month, next to my skin. I just can’t get warm in anything else.
It’s foolish to set fashion ahead of function in clothing, especially since the first rule of fashion, as I understand it, is to dress for the weather.
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