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I am so out of touch that it sometimes scares me. This morning, I went out for my daily ritual: coffee and people watching. I read an article about Piers Morgan testifying during the Levenson enquiry on the phone hacking scandal. 
Piers Morgan used to be the editor of the defunct tabloid News Of The World. He said something like: “I was not directly involved in phone hacking.” I was wondering what he meant: maybe he was indirectly involved? Or maybe he was not involved? It is one of those sentences: you can understand it any way you like. I am afraid I will never have such a (useful) talent.

It was, once again, very cold. I drank my coffee almost mechanically and went out, hoping that the caffeine would kick in soon.
I was wandering, half asleep and freezing despite my four layers.  That’s when I saw them. I managed to take a picture in case you don’t believe me. 


It is the latest fashion in London this winter. Basically, you need to wear a short on your bare legs or a summer pair of tights. Oh, and the shorter the short is, the better. If you can see the pockets below the short, dangling on your thighs, you have got the look spot on!
It is not the first time that I have seen it. Teenage girls dress like this, adult and middle-aged ladies do it too. You can’t get out without seeing a woman dressed like this. I promise.
I feel old. I just can’t do it. First of all, I would look awful. You see, I love winter because I don’t need to wax my legs as often as in summer. Winter is, for me, the time to regenerate –and keep warm. But it was minus 2 Celsius this morning! When did showing your legs in the middle of a cold winter become fashionable? When did freezing to death become the last cool thing to do?

I feel out of touch. Why do women have to torture themselves to follow the latest craze? I just don’t get it. What’s next? 

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Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London
  • You should try going to Newcastle and having a look at the ladies up there. In the North of England the girls battle even colder temperatures with even less clothes on! It’s a staggering feat of endurance, risking hypothermia in the name of fashion.

  • I was waiting for Stevie Wonder to get the truck the other day and shaking from the cold, and then she went by…zip-up hoodie and shorts, bare legs and tennis shoes. My mouth dropped open and I just gawked. Unbelievable.

  • I am not shocked by anything else nowadays, after living 5 years in Ireland.
    In the middle of the winter night when you are with your big coat, boots, scarf, hat and gloves, Irish girls are in ultra-mini skirts, high heels, cardigan in the best of cases and purse. Some wear tights but definitely not all of them. I think it’s the amount of alcohol they take that keep them warm, and if not they have definitely a totally different skin!

  • Teenagers dont feel it. That is the truth. Middle aged women – just fashion victims I suppose

  • “Kids! What’s the matter with kids today? Why can’t they be like we were – perfect in every way? What’s the matter with kids today?”

    Actually – I don’t get it either.

  • Isn’t it strange? I’ve been living in London for years and Winter or Summer I’ve never noticed these scantily clad Amazons roaming around! And while I’m at it I believe in Santa Claus and the fairies at the end of my garden who keep it beautiful!!

  • Try it in Canada! Our version is to wear thick tights with a slightly longer sweater, and sometimes thick socks inside ones short boots. It’s kind of a ‘pixie’ look that teenagers and anyone size 1 can carry off well. My daughter does it with a warm short coat, hat, gloves and scarf and longer boots. Merry Christmas!

  • Ugh. I feel cold just looking at them. The things people do for fashion 😛

    Happy Holidays, Muriel! Stay warm! 🙂

  • MuMuGB

    I will stay warm Sam…I am off to Dubai this Sunday. Can’t wait!

  • MuMuGB

    The Canadian version seems a bit more pragmatic to me Elizabeth…Merry Christmas to you too Elizabeth!

  • MuMuGB

    I can’t believe that you didn’t notice anything David. Not possible. Where have you been!

  • MuMuGB

    I certainly wasn’t perfect…but actually i didn’t show my legs in winter. You are right, times have changed!!!

  • MuMuGB

    Where does this leave us Jenny? Old ladies? That CAN’T be possible, can it?

  • MuMuGB

    We are indeed different. Maybe that’s what a French education does to you?

  • MuMuGB

    What has happened to us Cath? Where doe we take a wrong turn? What have we missed? i sometimes wonder…

  • MuMuGB

    It sounds like fun. I have never been to Newcastle but a while back I was going to Birmingham every other week. I am not sure that the girls were risking hypothermia in the name of fashion, because I always thought that they were getting ready for a swim in the local swimming pool, hence the bikini tops. Mind you, I think that I may have been wrong!

  • I am lucky to live in southern California where most women don’t really follow fashion the way they do in Paris or London. Aren’t French girls doing the same or is this a British only fashion? I wonder what your on daughters will do when they’re teenagers. You might be in for a shock.

  • MuMuGB

    Well, so far my daughters remain very French on this and don’t follow silly fashion trends…but you are right: I might be surprised one day!

  • Penelope J.

    Muriel, What I find shocking, the same as you, is bare legs in winter. Even here in Southern California where the weather is mellow, I see people in shorts, bare legs, and flip-flops and shiver.

    Having said that, I suddenly thought back to when I was young in London in the 60s and mini-skirts first came in. In those days, we wore nylon stockings that were almost as bad as bare legs though shortly, tall boots and tights became fashionable.

    I don’t know what is happening with today’s generation of young people and the way they dress, but I know that my grandmother’s generation said the same about mine and our fashions.

    So just stay true to yourself. If you need four layers, wear them. (I wear 4 layers in this warmer climate.) Remember, someday those same young people who go outside half-dressed in the middle of winter are going to be older and feel the cold more, and they may well look back and wonder at the craziness of their youthful fashions.

  • MuMuGB

    Thanks for your comment Penelope. I am starting to feel old. Sigh. But you are, once again, right : the important thing is to stay true to myself…

  • I remember when I was a child and wanted to get rid of the itching woolen tights (always horrible colours, too) and put on knee socks, my mother used to say “Avant la fin d’avril, n’en ôtez pas un fil!” (before the end of April do not take off a thread). How I hated to hear that, specially since we did not speak French at home and it sounded like one of these non-negotiable do-nots.

    I do not mind silly fashions but I could never understand why women of a certain weight class would insist on wearing leggings with supersize t-shirts, do you?

    Re. Piers Morgan reminds me of Bill Clinton, did he not have something similar to say?

    Happy and warm holidays to you, Muriel, would not mind being in Dubai right now!

  • Joy

    Yes that is just crazy and I don’t get it either. I can MAYBE understand freezing for the sake of really looking good. But to freeze and still look awful..ahhahhaha….So maybe in their minds they look amazing?….hmmm….denying the cold and thinking that what is awful is amazing…… = CUCKOO!

  • MuMuGB

    I am the same -whether I freeze or not doesn’t make any difference as to the way I look – hence I wrap up. Maybe we just don’t care any more, which can’t be good!

  • MuMuGB

    Hello from Dubai! I think that -within reason – I will be able to show my legs!

  • HAHA! This is exactly what I thought in Japan! They did the most opposite things in terms of the weather when it came to fashion! Girls would wear shorts in the freezing winter and fur coats in the summer. =P

    P.S. Loving this Disqus system! It’s so much more inviting! =)

  • MuMuGB

    Glad you like Disqus- it is so much easier to reply to comments! I love it too…

  • Marie from Rock The Kasbah

    I dodged that fashion trend once back in the 80’s (unfortunately I fell victim to 80’s hair though). I agree leggings are awful and universally unflattering.