A Tale of Two Seasons

I was taking the 6 uptown yesterday when the chicest girl stepped on. She was wearing what I can only describe as a short-sleeved trench coat dress (
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I was taking the 6 uptown yesterday when the chicest girl stepped on. She was wearing what I can only describe as a short-sleeved trench coat dress (

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I was taking the 6 uptown yesterday when the chicest girl stepped on. She was wearing what I can only describe as a short-sleeved trench coat dress (it was not this cute Doo.Ri one that we found, but that's your basic idea), with flats and an orange scarf. I was cursing myself for not having a camera with me, when a totally different thought struck me - isn't she overheated wearing that? We keep hearing about, and seeing, girls wearing tights this summer. And we're even really digging the ones that Vogue UK wrote about today. A trench and a scarf in the middle of a New York summer, especially underground, seems even crazier.

What's with the blurring of lines between seasonal dressing? Is it a sort of grass-is-always-greener syndrome: when it's warm, we want to dress like it's cold, and when it's cold we want to dress like it's warm? Or maybe it's because the weather has been so wonky. If Mother Nature is only giving us winter and summer, we need to work in our spring and fall dressing somehow, even if it's a little weird and unpractical. File this under: "the lengths we'll go for fashion." --AMANDA JEAN BOYLE