By: Antoinette Simonetti, Practicum Writer
Both smiles and shivers fill the newly white-covered streets. Pedestrians fill the streets near Regis.
Two women catch my attention. They walk along the lighted road wearing matching teal hats, yellow coats and purple snow pants. At first it appears as if they are on the same ski team, but as they draw near, there’s an unexpected surprise.
A stroller beams with a yellow light, so blinding that it’s hard to make out what’s inside. It’s not a baby; in fact, it’s quite the opposite of what you might expect: Two German shepherd puppies, and they’re wearing the same teal hats and yellow coats as the women.
Is this a new trend?
This sighting was the highlight of my day a few weeks ago. Not wanting it to be my last encounter with a quirky winter wear, I drove to downtown Denver to explore and discover more interesting styles.
Heavy snowflakes blocked half the road and made visibility difficult, but I managed to catch a glimpse of another unusual fashion style: The Grinch, of the popular children’s Christmas story, yet with a twist. This man wore a green costume under a maroon coat while riding a massive circus-looking, one-wheeled tricycle.
To say the least, I didn’t think this snowy day could get any more entertaining, but then –again – I was blown away.
While visiting with a fellow Regis University college student at a nearby coffee shop, we were shocked to see a 5-year-old Australian shepherd dog tied outside near the store. That’s normal. People leave their dogs for a few minutes to pick up drinks inside. What was unusual? This beautiful dog was wearing a brown Carhartt beanie hat and stylish booties – yes, on all four paws.
I guess that’s the advent of winter in Colorado, but is it also the beginning of a new winter fashion trend? My friend and I are convinced that quirky is in, and we can’t wait to figure out how to join in.
Winters in Colorado are anything but ordinary – snowfall in September is evidence of that – but animals dressed up in human winter clothing and a man in a full-blown Christmas costume is evidence of something more.
Are Colorado’s winters about to take a trendy turn?
If so, the Regis community will be filled with smiles and laughter as we approach the holiday season.
It snows in September in the state of Colorado, so anything is possible.