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Posted by Ken on May 28, 1998 at 14:05:20:
In response to The fashions and the weather`, written by Helen on May 28, 1998 at 12:12:33
] This is all very interesting... but if it was such a cold decade, why did they have those thin little frocks with short sleeves? Or did the fashions change to keep up with the climate? (If they're anything like today's, probably not... ;-) )
Every time I see an adaptation, though, they look pretty bundled up by today's standards, what with gloves, long dresses, overdresses or coats or whatnaughts. . . . Then, all things are relative: I find Europe quite chilly in any season today--when I lived for a year in Paris, I counted exactly 6 days in which the temperature crept over 80.
I was certain the next Ice Age was just around the corner (-: Especially in December, when the sun never crawled above the height of the buildings. Of course, this was 1972, an unusually cold year. But 20 years later, I found Canterbury just shy of fully comfortable in June, and was glad to make my appearance at the go-ban in a blazer I brought over for the purpose. . . . Then, last summer seemed cool to me, even though by record it was the 5th warmest this century--we had very mild springs & falls & the humidity was extra low; while actual heat spells were lengthy, there were few of them.
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