This week’s featured outfit: monochrome layers, technical sportswear, and the Y-3 Sport Approach Boost. I built this outfit entirely around the shoes, choosing DYNE’s spacer fabric sweats to play up the performance angle of the Y-3’s, then filling in the rest with whatever color-matched layers fit the weather. But, considering it’s yet another week of 45 degree sun, the term “layers” is deceivingly plural: a t-shirt under a parka is hardly the frostbitten survivalist image brought to mind by the phrase “Michigan February.”
As if rising sea levels and agricultural destabilization weren’t bad enough, this winter’s warped weather has hammered home global warming’s insidious threat of all: if global temperatures continue to rise, layering is over.
That’s right – over. Done. Melted away.
Considering how much of winter fashion layering comprises, a future defined by climate change is at risk of being supremely whack. Layering has quite literally evolved to create alphets both warm enough and #fire enough for sub-zero temperatures. Now, after 100,000 years of humans solving “these clothes aren’t warm enough” with “I’ll put other clothes on top,” the very notion of winter being significantly cold is facing extinction. With that, goes layering.
I’ll give you a second to process. If you need it, oxygen masks have deployed throughout the cabin.
A 2 degree rise in global temperatures doesn’t just put coral and ozone on the chopping block – more tragically, it threatens flannel and Primaloft. At sample size n = 3 (where “n” = “winters where friends have un-ironically laid out tanning”), the human race faces a statistically-significant probability of inheriting a world without casual jackets.
I shudder to think what meager remains my children’s children could flex on the ‘gram.
Alas, there’s an upshot: by and large, Western societies are finally realizing the effects of their destructive processes. Despite the election of some vocal climate change deniers, the needle is moving towards the majority accepting that we must change.
Facetious fashion voice aside, this is a good thing. The first step to solving any problem is group consensus that a problem exists. Together, we can make progress towards repairing the damage we caused. If we don’t, our grandkids will only experience fire layers through textbooks. So please, for the kids: watch the Thermostat. Climate change means the end of layering as we know it – and global warming is just not fire emoji.