Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Who let West Des Moines out dressed like that?

I'm back to judging my fellow west-siders' clothing choices — for workouts, that is.

On Sunday, sometime in the middle of the afternoon, I spotted a runner wearing a pullover jacket. Three-quarter-length sleeves, but a jacket nevertheless.

I admired her strength for running in the sun, during the hottest part of the day, in the humidity, in June in Iowa ... but my T-shirt-clad torso broke out into a sympathy sweat.

Sure, sometimes one can underestimate the weather conditions, but I'm pretty sure we'd been in at least the 80s, if not 90s, for a few days. Am I a tough northerner? Or are my neighbors just trying to sweat off all their excess weight?

Then, on Monday, I found myself behind a teenage boy on the bike path; he was wearing a T-shirt and shorts, like me, but unlike me, he had his entire rear end hanging out of those shorts.

Never mind walking with your pants halfway down your legs — how do you balance on a bike like that?

I'll say this, though: I've made some questionable wardrobe decisions for workouts and beyond, but these folks have me feeling pretty smart.


  1. You had me at the headline. No way I could do a jacket, but there have been times in blisteringly sunny conditions that I've willingly chosen to wear long sleeves for sun protection. I'm one of those. I burn real easy. I also learned traveling in parts of the world where women have to cover heads, arms, and legs, that sometimes a light gauzy fabric keeps you cooler than bare skin. But a running jacket? Nope. White long sleeve tech shirt is where I draw the line.

  2. You do raise a good point about preventing sunburn — if that was what pullover woman was doing, though, someone should talk to her about lighter-weight fabric!