I have moved to a cold-weather state from the South. From a major city in the South, to a small, industrial city in the upper Middle-West/Northerny area.
First, dressing for cold weather sucks. I haven't yet figured out how to not look like a vagabond and stay warm. Plus I have static witch hair 24/7.
But what I stumped by, is that a noticeable majority of the girls and women here wear leggings tucked into boots. Boots I get. Its snowy and slushy and generally sucks right now. But the universal leggings are just weird to see all the time. Is this an upper Middle-Western/Northerny thing? Cause I am here to tell you that leggings are not fashionable and certainly not 'in'' where I come from--and this place seems about a decade behind if that's the case.
Here's proof: I was at dinner the other night and a teen gal was showing off her new EAR CUFF to her folks. And one of them said: so that's what all the young people are wearing these days--(I swear to God I'm not making that up)--to which the teen nodded her assent.
Ear cuffs? Really? But, in 2013 really? So I'm thinking my little town is actually about 15 years off. Like maybe early 90s? So, maybe more like 20? But still up-to-date with technology and cars and stuff.
So this isn't like a freaky Brigadoon.