After three years in California, I got used to not paying attention to weather. I would wake up, work out, and walk out. I didn’t check the weather. It didn’t matter. I never wore socks except for exercising. I wore heels 99% of the time. Now, we fast forward to today in New York City. Despite it being winter time, I still go about my mornings as if I were in California. I wake up, work out, and walk out. I walk out without paying attention to the weather. Probably not the wisest thing to do.
The other day, I walked out and was waiting for Uber and came to find out that it was raining. I shook my head and asked myself “who knew?” You would think it would take just one time for that to happen for it to become a new habit to check out the weather first. However, I still don’t. It’s the east coast. It’s winter. The day is bound to have some crispness. But, since I spend the majority of the day indoors, who cares?
Yes, that means that there have been days where I have left the building (and didn’t bother to change) wearing bare ankles. I haven’t really thought much about my bare ankles. Then I saw an article lamenting the fact that there are way too many people now wearing bare ankles in the winter and apparently that is a no-no. But, let’s be real. Growing up I was told that you are not supposed to wear white in winter. Now that rule is out. I look great in winter white. Why should I deprive myself of such a look? There are for sure some individuals who should not wear white in the winter. But, it shouldn’t be a wholesale rule.
Back to bare ankles. I did a quick google search and there were over 2,570,000 results. There is a bit of attempted shaming. Sure, some of might catch a cold by baring our ankles in the winter. And, if that happens well it’s our own fault. But, again, considering that I am running from one building to the next, I am not exposing my ankles to prolonged cold exposure. Now, I should state for the record, I do tend to wear socks. I just forgot a couple of times to do so as I put on my walking shoes and headed out in a hurry. But there is nothing really wrong with it and no need for the Wall Street Journal to get all upset about it.