One of the perils of global fashion dominated by countries in the temperate climate, is that from October onwards every year, I am, for some insane reason plagued with a desire to own and wear woollens, sweaters and God-forbid, boots in the hot tropical sunshine. It does not help that being global fashion, the fashion in the international clothing chains boast coats, sweaters, scarves, boots and any number of clothing styles to keep the warmth in and the cold out.
When you live in a tropical climate that hardly ever gets really cold unless you head up to one of the local hill resorts, the last thing you want to do is to keep the warmth it. You just want to let it out, baby!
But I’m suggestible that way, so when I was in Uniqlo last week, I was suddenly seized with a longing to buy a woollen beanie hat. Yes, it was irrational. Yes, I would have looked pretty dumb but I still wanted it. I didn’t get it of course. Not THAT irrational. But I did succumb in other ways
Are you this suggestible? If you live in a warm climate, do you sometimes get that irrational desire to wear something warm and soft and fluffy?
The only saving grace I’d say, are 2 things. The recent rainy weather isn’t letting up any, and during and after the torrential rains, the temperature drops significantly. It is then cool enough to perhaps, pull on a light cardigan and be perfectly comfortable.
The other thing is the mad tundra like temperatures in shopping malls and office buildings. In the tropics, air-conditioning has become pretty much a necessity if we want to get any work done and not just lie sloth-like, draped over our desks batting away weakly at dust mites while the heats saps our remaining reserves of energy. So, like a conspiracy, most office buildings and shopping malls keep quite a low temperature which makes it comfortable to work in, but sometimes, freakishly cold.
Which is how I justified the purchase of 2 very lovely and comfortable sweaters
These were on offer for RM39.90 each, with a wide cut to the arms and body and a cowl neck. It is warm but not warm enough to go shovelling snow in. It might even be a wee bit hot to wear and walk outside in the tropical heat. But if you stay indoors and are in one of the tundra simulated shopping malls or offices in town, you will appreciate it It’d also come in handy when travelling – airports and airplanes tend to be cold, and there’s always Spring and Autumn travel destinations
Ah heck, just call me a slave to fashion. Bring on the winter clothing!
Are you drawn to warmer clothing when its all the stores stock towards the end of the year? Do you think it irrational yet go ahead and wear/buy them anyway?
I naturally do think it irrational but as I said, it is possible to wear warm clothing here in Malaysia despite the heat, thanks to air-conditioning I bought me a fleece jacket a while ago that made me look like Cookie Monster. It was chilly 2 nights ago so I took it out and it was the most comfortable thing ever! Not too warm, and so lovely and soft and fuzzy! Loved it… even if I was wearing shorts underneath