Snowy with a chance of fashion faux pas
Libby Haagensenn, 33, sales associate, Chicago:
"I like being cool and cold," said Carrazco. Mission accomplished. This ensemble is fine, he said. "Until we get a blizzard. I might consider a sweater. Gloves? Maybe. I do wear a sweater sometimes," he said.
Yes, his mom lectures him. "She says, 'You're not cold? It's freezing. You need a jacket.'" But he doesn't listen. As for his friends, "They always have a flabbergasted look on their face. They always ask me if I want a sweater or a jacket or something." He always says, "No thanks."
19, Chicago college student,
"What were you thinking?" I asked Vasquez, pointing to her flimsy fabric flats with no socks. "I wasn't, I guess," she laughed. "It wasn't snowing when I went to class," she weakly explained as the flurries flew about. It's her second Chicago winter but she still hasn't quite accepted that she's not in Texas any more, acknowledging that her cloth shoes are "more like slippers." The scarf is a nod to winter, but the skimpy fleece she's wearing over a T-shirt isn't exactly right for winter misery.
"My friends call me crazy," she said.
"Just put 60," homemaker, Springfield, Va.
59, retired, Lorton, Va.
71, retired, Springfield, Va.
This trio of East Coast friends acquired their $20 animal hats (with attached scarves and mittens) shopping at the Christkindlmarket. All said they had brought their warmest clothes anticipating a freeze here. "Isn't Chicago known for cold?" Taylor asked.
Regan revealed that she was wearing long johns and had brought boots but said the gym shoes she was wearing were keeping her feet warm enough. Her two friends said they, too, were fine in their sneakers. However, a wardrobe change loomed for the three friends.
Said an excited Taylor: "Tonight we're going to see Donny and Marie."
57, retired Chicago public school math teacher and president of Lem's
"You've got to make sure you've got a warm hat," explained Lemons, who is wearing a knit rabbit one. (She left the matching scarf in the car.) Her toasty down coat is made from lambskin.
Lemons regretted not wearing tights beneath her jeans and was wavering about whether she'd made the right choice leaving her shearling-lined boots at home. A lifelong Chicagoan, Lemons knows how to stay warm. "You need to layer!"