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Thursday, June 09, 2005

To the women of San Francisco

We're all excited that summer is finally here. The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and you can finally wear the new skirts and sandals you've been hoarding since March. Forget the A-line, this season is all about pretty flowing circle skirts, lightweight cottons with a gypsy flair that swish around your ankles. It's different, it's fun, and you've embraced the new style with enthusiastic abandon. You probably don't remember the last time this kind of skirt was in fashion, it was in the mid-1980's and that's a good twenty years ago now. But I remember, and there are just a few things that I'd like to point out.

1. San Francisco is windier than most cities. We get cold northwest winds from the Pacific, warmer Diablo foehn winds from the East Bay, day time onshore winds, night time offshore winds, etc. Suffice to say that a windbreaker is never a bad idea.

2. Flimsy cotton is very lightweight, it swirls and flows with even the slightest movement. That's why you like it, right? So feminine.

3. Those loose peasant-style skirts are made from yards and yards of fabric, usually two full circles of fabric that are split on a radius and sewn together to produce endless folds.

Which brings me to my point. There is one distinct disadvantage that these skirts have, one sadly discovered too late by the woman with the black cotton high cut briefs walking down 21st towards Folsom at 5:35 pm, or the woman in the adorable white bikinis with tiny blue flowers at 18th and Valencia at 5:40 pm, or the teenager in the bright yellow tanga with red trim at 18th and Church at 5:43 pm. London and France, ladies.

London and France.

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