My first pair of pants were my brother’s snow pants; big puffy snow pants with elastic suspenders. They were huge on me but warm in midwestern winters and a lot better than tights. A culture shift had happened during my mother’s lifetime and many women wore pants. I remember it being a big deal when I wore my first pair of pants and certainly jumped on board to the pants for girls culture shift.
Fast forward to life in California as an adult. One day, I went directly from work to the trail wearing a skirt. I headed out for a 7 mile hike where I’d usually wear pants. I now know why Utilikits, Seattle WA, advertises: “We Sell Freedom…We are committed to pioneering a comfortable alternative to trousers …” And a StumpTown Kilts, Portland, OR testimonial states “(my kilt) gave me a freedom I have never felt before.” Are we in the midst of another culture shift?
My one day hike in a skirt, led me to a 3 month culture shift experiment. What if I wore a skirt hiking for all my hikes? [Read more…]