Lately I started noticing a disturbing trend. I am living in a monochromatic world. It started with my own wardrobe, which is almost solidly black, grey, navy, and burgundy.
Then I was really struck when I started looking around at my fellow Minnesotans while running errands and I saw the same damn monochromatic trend!
Our weather has been drab for over a month. Almost no sun. And this drabness has infiltrated almost every aspect of daily life. People walk around in nothing but black and grey — especially their outerwear. Sometimes navy blue or brown is spotted, but it’s rare. And it’s everywhere!
Guys at the gym. People in the skyway. People in the malls. People at work.
Example: today at Leeann Chin everyone in line was in black, down to a person! It was like a catering line at a funeral.
“Enough is enough,” I thought. So I decided to resist.
Lately I’ve been bored with my outerwear, and I found myself in the market for a new, lightweight down coat. While I love Patagonia (patagucci), it is omnipresent up here. So I wanted to explore something new.
I still wanted good warmth and high quality, but I wanted a different brand. A more off the beaten path brand, but one that still has a certain cachet.
So I got a Helly Hansen.
The color is sweet lime. It is definitely not drab and my visibility just increased 3000%. And I live the graphite grey accents! (Plus it matches my Pistil wool cap.
So far I like it. It fits more snugly than my Patagonia (especially in the arms), for a slimmer silhouette. And the tail dips lower for more lower back protection when bending and snapping.
The best part is that it is not a brand that one sees here often, so that’s cool. People gonna be like “HH? Who dat?”
The one odd thing? The zipper is “backwards”. Being a euro brand, the zipper is on the left rather than the right which makes for some fumbling.
Other than that, so far so good. I’ll let you know how warm it is when our temps plummet into the single digits.