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Winter Fashion

Will hand warming sleeves replace the mitten / glove by Winter of 2k12?

Photo by the sartorialist

It seems like this has been the coldest winter ever, probably due to global warming. I feel like sometimes gloves / mittens / Zissou hats / pea coats / hoodies aren't always enough to keep u warm. As the Earth continues to grow colder, we will need to evolve and find functionally designed apparel that will legitimately keep us warm.

The handwarming sleeve is a perfectly designed tube meant to use your own body heat to keep you warm. The zone inside of the tube is a therapeutic sauna which can provide ur hands with the warmth they need to keep your fingers from turning to ice and breaking off ur hand / arm.

It perfectly insulates ur hands, and cultivates ur own warmth to keep u warm. Sometimes, life will require you to momentarily utilize the touch of ur hands / finger tips to accomplish tasks in cold weather.

Seems like even hunting bros who kill animals have utilized this technology.

I think that the handwarming sleeve brings the aesthetic of the fanny pack, but has more legitimate functionality.

Sorta also reminds me of ppl who keep their hands in the pockets of their hoodies in order to look humble / stay warm.

Can't believe NFL Quarterbacks have been into this hand warming trend for 20-30 years. Maybe Brett Favre is an innovator / thought leader on the field, and as a fashionista.

Quarterbacks require maximum hand warmth, even in cold climates. They must have a soft touch on the ball in order to throw tight spirals to their receivers. This may or may not be a metaphor 4 life.

Rlly need to order a hand warming sleeve from a sporting goods store / alternative retailer.

Free ur hands 2 do great things. The soft touch of ur fingertips will guide u 2 do great things.

Are handwarming sleeves the future of alt winter fashion?
Have u ever needed the touch of ur finger tips during the winter to finish some sort of outdoor installation / art project?
Are gloves / mittens 'mainstream'?
R u ready 4 summer?

Is the 'tube scarf' 2k10's first relevant alternative trend?

Photo by facehunter

I've been alive for a while. I have lived through so many different trend cycles and seasonal weather changes. It is always fascinating to see how our global meteorological climate can impact trends. As the weather rides waves of chill winds to winter temperatures, humans must find a way to 'stay warm', but more importantly 'stay in touch with relevant fashion trends.' Just because it is mad cold, doesn't mean u can sacrifice your alternative look.

It seems like the tube scarf is 'gaining steam' about becoming a solid option for alternative ppl who want to wear a scarf, but don't want to seem 'entry-level' about it. The bro in the picture really seems to be protecting himself from the elements, while looking 'like an interesting human being, based on the clothes he is wearing.'  I feel like the modern brand of the scarf is associated with a Jonas Brother/tween or something. Authentic humans must find a new form/function for the scarf, and you can see the flexibility of the tube scarf gives humans ultimate protection.

You can even bring the tube scarf over year head, so you don't have to look like boring ppl who wear 'lil beanies.'

Feel like I have read somewhere that humans want 'options'/flexibility, which is why Coca Cola makes multiple products.

Tube scarves seem to be an interesting, flexible look for both men and women. Like a trend that only 'bohemian consumers' could/would implement. Like some sort of high level band that only people who 'get' the alt scene would even know about.

Scarves are rlly dangerous territory though. I really want to stay warm, but I don't want to seem like I am 'trying too hard.'  Feel like suburban tweens wear scarves to 'look older'/seem like they are 'from the city.'

I will never forget the altstreamification of the keffiyeh/Palestinian scarf. Feel like I watched this trend evolve, much like a proud father watches his son grow into an NFL player.

Sort of wish I could be a mainstreamer/attempted-'hipster' who prematurely wore a scarf on a day when the temperature ranged from 59 degrees to 75 degrees.

Miss the era of girls learning how 2 crochet, then making ppl scarves as gifts.

Always start to 'giggle'/'scoff' whenever I see some1 of any age wearing a keffiyeh, the 'scarlet letter' of an entryleveler.

It is important to note that 'scarves' are simple items for manufacturers to make + get 'huge margins.' Really hope Target doesn't start manufacturing them.

Worried that an entry leveler will wear his Am Appy hoodie, a palestinian scarf, and a tube scarf all on the same day in 2k13.

I am happy that the tube scarf has given me the opportunity to strengthen my personal brand, and distance myself from winter accessory trends that have outlasted their 'useful livez.'

What do u use to keep ur neck protected from the elements?
Does a scarf fit in with ur brand?

Previous winter clothing coverage

Do yall think Old Navy fleeces will eventually 'come back' as an alt trend in a post-post-ironic way?

Turtle Necks: Big in Winter 2k9?

[Photo by Street Clash]

Turtle necks have usually been branded as 'a lil bit douchey' and 'a lil bit uncool dad.' This winter might be different. Turtle necks might tap into the post-post-ironic fashion economy, kinda like child pred glasses, tall tees, and even mom jeans. By being aware of what turtlenecks represent in the fashion economy, wearing one of them will tell people that ur personal brand is self-aware.

Wearing a turtleneck in 2k8/k9 will be a deliberate move.
It will be an opportunity 4 u 2 finally show ppl who u r.

I think we can all agree that the hoodie economy, the scarf economy, the pea coat economy, and the Palestinian Scarf economy already have too much competition/won't leave u enough room 2 'set urself apart.'

However, investing early in the turtleneck brand will pay off in the next several blog years.

Is the turtle neck an example of a 'perfectly' designed functional product?
Do u think the same people who designed the iPhone designed trtl ncks?

Is there any way that American Appy can make some sort of 'convert my v-neck into a turtle neck' kit? Just trying 2 stay current/ahead of what's current.

////trtl ncks /////////////

help. What r u gonna wear this winter?

Phallic Symbol Sweaters: Big in 2k8.8 - 2k9.2 [WINTER WATCH]

[Photo by The Facehunter]

s00 excited about winter. I remember in my post about Pea Coats, I blggd abt how winter gives you the opportunity 2 express urself in a way that u can't for 75% of the year. SRSLY though... not even sure what the thingies on this guy's sweater even are. Just know that they are phallic symbols (A.K.A. "peen-shaped symbols").

I hope this winter isn't too much about cryptic symbols on popular clothing items. I'm not sure if I'm ready to move beyond solids & stripes into a more abstract space. Just feel like those represent my personal brand really well without 'saying 2 much.'

SRSLY tho...what's on his sweater, yall?
Power Tools? Art Supplies? A makeup kit? Electric toothbrushes? Non-Crayola magic markers?


Fruity Loops (necklaces): Big in 2k10?

Or are trashbags+leggings the future of female fashion?

[Photo by Hel Looks]
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