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<p>I'm trying to figure out if this is specific to my state or if people everywhere do this.</p>
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<p>Once the temperature drops, I start noticing that there are people who are decidedly NOT dressed for the weather. I'm not making a gender comment, but I have never seen a woman do this (someone please correct me if you've seen it). It is always men dressed in basketball shorts and some sort of jersey, short or no sleeves. No coat. No jacket. Nothing. IT IS 10 DEGREES OUTSIDE.</p>
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<p>My neighbor has a 16yo son, and we were out playing in the snow when he came outside one day dressed like this. I said "Brrr....you're not cold?" "Nah." Like it's no big deal.</p>
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<p>I'm sorry, but I just don't see "macho" when I see people dressed like that. It's moronic to go out that way. I can understand different levels of warmth, since some people run hotter than others, but this seems like a statement to me. And one dad I saw dressed like that last night also had a toddler dressed that way.</p>
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<p>I live in Utah, and I've noticed this every winter since I was in high school and I had a boyfriend who claimed he was "never cold". Uh huh. Is that even possible? That when it's below freezing, you're just not cold? Do people in other cold climates do this too?</p>
 

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<p>I'm somewhat close to you and it's been freezing!  Several degrees below zero.</p>
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<p>I have seen a few people out and about in tank tops and other warm weather clothes.  I don't get it either.  I don't see how you could possibly not be cold when it's 10 degrees outside. </p>
 

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<p>I don't think it's just guys, I often see women (well mostly teenagers!) wearing tank tops & short shorts in the dead of winter.</p>
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<p>I don't get it.</p>
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<p>I do often wear short-sleeve shirts in the winter -- only if I'm going to be inside all day though. I'm one of those people that's too cold in a/c & too hot in heated buildings lol. That's the only logical reason I can think of for people to dress like that, maybe they didn't plan to be outside much?</p>
 

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<p>Yeah, I get that. I often wear short sleeves in winter and layer up before going outside. But pants? At least wear pants.</p>
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<p>Of course, my toddler can't be convinced to wear clothes of any kind, even during the dead of winter, so I suppose some people just never grow out of it. <span><img alt="lol.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/lol.gif"></span></p>
 

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<p>I'm never cold. I live in Michigan and the warmest I can ever stand to dress is a sweater and an unlined hoodie, and that's, like, to go on a nature walk in the total freezing dead of winter.</p>
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<p>I also find it a huge waste of time and effort to get all bundled up just to go from house to car to work, or to someone's house or whatever, I can't stand to drag a big bulky hot winter coat around. Yech.</p>
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<p>I've been like this since I was a kid. People tell me my feet and hands feel cold to the touch, but internally I'm a furnace. Always losing my hats and gloves, ripping off my shoes and refusing to wear socks <img alt="biggrinbounce.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/biggrinbounce.gif"></p>
 

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<p>I remember our Club Days and seeing the girls in itty bitty minis and no jacket....lol I knew the clubs had a coat check and made use of them.....A nice stylish winter coat will keep you warm standing in line....I found the others just looked plain cold and clearly had frozen a few brain cells.</p>
 

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<p>Women do it also.  </p>
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<p>I break out in hives when I am to cold.  So I have to be very careful.  One thing I see people do that is counter productive is they over dress.  When you grab your hat and coat at the slightest chill you make it harder to deal with the cold.  So you have to wear more layers.  </p>
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<p>Also, you stated he was playing.  If he was working up a sweat/body heat the cold might not have bothered him. </p>
 

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<p>If I'm just running to the drug store or something where outside time is less than 5 minutes I often won't grab a coat.  Finding a coat, hat and gloves is more of a pain to me than being cold for a few minutes.</p>
 
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<p>My husband often wears shorts and sandals, regardless of the weather. He isn't spending a great deal of time outside like that and he just doesn't mind being uncomfortably cold for a few minutes as he walks from the van to the store or house. If he's going outside to spend time with the kids, he'll put a jacket on but he still often wears sandals unless there's snow.</p>
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<p>Since this last pregnancy, I get hot very easily. I've been wearing tanktops and tshirts still when everyone else I know is wearing long sleeves and a jacket at the very least.</p>
 

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<p>My son never wear cold weather clothes when he is playing outside, travelling from home to car, car to school/store etc. He gets too overheated. I am sure many moms <span><img alt="nono.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/nono.gif" style="width:22px;height:19px;"></span> or <span><img alt="disappointed.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/disappointed.gif" style="width:15px;height:15px;"></span> me when they see my son outside thinking that I am the worse mom ever.</p>
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<p>Frankly, I dont care what they think since it will be me, not them, stuck lugging his coat, hat, gloves around because he is too hot. And it will be me who has to retrieve/replace said coat/hat/gloves when they get left on the playground, forgotten in a grocery cart and the like. </p>
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<p>Since he was old enough to talk I have not forced the "Its cold-wear a coat" philosphy.  So not worth the power struggle.  By now he is smart enough to grab a few things to leave in the car or bring to school/friends house in case he needs them and more often than not will remember to bring them home too (finally!!).  I let him decide if he is cold, hot or just right.</p>
<p>So I don't judge how people are dressed for the weather.  Even it it makes me <span><img alt="cold.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/cold.gif" style="width:26px;height:32px;"></span></p>
 

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 I don't judge parents whose kids are not wearing a coat/hat/scarf/gloves/whatever. Being outside in only pants, long sleeves, and closed shoes is fine. My DD won't wear a coat or a hat. But there is a foot of snow on the ground and it is 10 degrees and it's dark out - I guess I just don't get how you could not be freezing wearing only basketball shorts and a sleeveless shirt.</p>
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<p>I've also seen people out with their infants with spring looking attire and no socks or shoes. I'm really not one to judge - I hate it when nosy people tell me to put socks on my kids, but I am not taking them out in below freezing weather with no shoes on either.</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>HollyBearsMom</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1282542/what-is-this-cold-weather-phenomenon#post_16082648"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>My son never wear cold weather clothes when he is playing outside, travelling from home to car, car to school/store etc. He gets too overheated. I am sure many moms <span><img alt="nono.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/nono.gif" style="width:22px;height:19px;"></span> or <span><img alt="disappointed.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/disappointed.gif" style="width:15px;height:15px;"></span> me when they see my son outside thinking that I am the worse mom ever.</p>
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<p>Frankly, I dont care what they think since it will be me, not them, stuck lugging his coat, hat, gloves around because he is too hot. And it will be me who has to retrieve/replace said coat/hat/gloves when they get left on the playground, forgotten in a grocery cart and the like. </p>
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<p>Since he was old enough to talk I have not forced the "Its cold-wear a coat" philosphy.  So not worth the power struggle.  By now he is smart enough to grab a few things to leave in the car or bring to school/friends house in case he needs them and more often than not will remember to bring them home too (finally!!).  I let him decide if he is cold, hot or just right.</p>
<p>So I don't judge how people are dressed for the weather.  Even it it makes me <span><img alt="cold.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/cold.gif" style="width:26px;height:32px;"></span></p>
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<p>infants are different.  They can not communicate directly that they arehot or cold so I always dressed him in layers,  But even then he would heat right up and end up in nothing but onsie once we got inside LOL. Again I saw many a mom shake thier head at me. I wanted to say "trsst me I have sweater right here!  honest!</p>
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<p> I don't bother with a coat until it's pretty cold. Seems like way too much work. I'll often throw on a hat and a pair of gloves/mittens, but not a coat or jacket. </p>
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<p>We got funny looks in Wisconsin when DS1 was out and about in his sherpa-lined heavy hoodie (and a hat) and it was like 40. I wanted to write "It's OK, I'm from Alaska" in Sharpie on his forehead.</p>
 

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<p>Maybe they are in denial?   Or they have a warmer internal furnace?  My internal furnace is broken and doesn't produce nearly enough heat.  That is why I despise the cold since it is very hard for me to warm up and stay comfortable unless I have access to a direct and continual heat source.  I know people who are always burning up and are the opposite of me.  </p>
 

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<p>Eh, maybe they really aren't cold! We moved here to Kentucky a few years ago (from Michigan). As soon as it hits like 50 degrees people are busting out their winter jackets. I'm still wearing shorts and a tank top. At 40 degrees I may put on a light sweater. At 30 degrees a light jacket. 20 degrees and lower I might bust out my actual winter jacket. I'm used to cold, and my version of cold is different than the people around me!</p>
 
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>StephandOwen</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1282542/what-is-this-cold-weather-phenomenon#post_16083473"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Eh, maybe they really aren't cold! We moved here to Kentucky a few years ago (from Michigan). As soon as it hits like 50 degrees people are busting out their winter jackets. I'm still wearing shorts and a tank top. At 40 degrees I may put on a light sweater. At 30 degrees a light jacket. 20 degrees and lower I might bust out my actual winter jacket. I'm used to cold, and my version of cold is different than the people around me!</p>
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<p>OP, my son is rarely cold. He hates jackets and it drives me nuts. I'll be freezing but he insists he's fine and only needs a hoodie.</p>
 

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<p>I wear shorts and t-shirts in the winter.  It's about comfort.  The "statement" we are making is that we're going to dress to our own comfort... not what other people perceive our comfort should be.  Why is it even an issue others care about?  Seriously.  My dd is warm-natured, too.  Live and let live, I say.  I'm not going to ask you why you're wearing a sweater in a room that is heated (and in the summer would be complaining that it's too hot while wearing a tank top), why ask me why I'm wearing shorts when it's 40F?  To each their own.</p>
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<p>ETA: and if there is no snow on the ground, I still wear my Keens, which are not totally enclosed.  My dd prefers sandals, as her feet get really hot.</p>
 

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<p>I notice this more in the spring, when it has been freezing cold all winter.  As soon as it goes up to like 5C in the spring, people are all like "It's so WARM today!" and they start to break out the shorts.  But in the fall, no one thinks 5C is shorts weather unless maybe if they are going running.  Personally, I run pretty cold, so even in the spring when 5C does feel warm, I may unbutton my coat, but I am probably still wearing long underwear.    </p>
 

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<p>My dh was like that until he hit about 32.  He was the guy in short sleeves and shorts in Chicago in January.  </p>
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<p>I tend not to wear a coat because driving in one makes me claustrophobic and I get all stressed out.  I'd rather be cold.  Dd is still in a 5pt harness, so we layer her up rather than have her wear a coat.  If your head and hands are warm it's a lot different than no hat or mittens.  You stay much warmer.  </p>
 

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<p>Oh, I totally think it's a "thing". I do know some people who run hot and really are more comfortable in shorts and a tank when it's cold outside, but I also think it is sort of a ... I don't know if I would say "macho", but a being "cool" thing. I first noticed it many years ago in college. Kids (mostly boys) in high school wore jeans most days in the winter, but when I got to college all these guys who wore jeans in the winter in high school would wear shorts. A lot of times they would wear shorts with a sweatshirt so there was some concession made to cooler temps, but it was like a uniform for the frat boys.</p>
 
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