Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Fashion Trend for Autumn? 

I was walking through Copley Square one morning this week, en route from the Green Line to the bus, when I spotted a woman running across Dartmouth Street, towards the Boston Public Library. She wasn't crossing at an intersection, but in the middle of the block. After she had committed to crossing, the light changed and cars began speeding towards her, so she responded by waving her arms in a motion somewhere between "Stop" and "Look, a pedestrian - don't hit me!" She made it safely across and continued running on up the steps and into the library, waving at the library employee who was outside sweeping up the steps. He looked at her with what I interpreted as puzzlement. I was a bit puzzled as well, simply at the fact that no one else seemed to think anything strange was going on.

What's so odd about jaywalking and running into the library? Normally, not much. It was what she was wearing that set her apart. Newspaper in hand, sneakers, jeans, a backpack, and a black bra. Just a black bra. Not a sports bra, mind you. A basic, plunging, Victoria's Secret type black bra. It did coordinate quite well with the straps on her backpack, but other than that I didn't see the advantage in not wearing a shirt. It was cold that morning - it's October in New England. Most people had jackets on. But not our little trendsetter, nosireebob.

Although can it really qualify as a trendsetting style if no one notices? Which no one did!!! Did Boston become New York overnight?

Although to be honest, there's a good chance that some of the drivers who stopped to let her get the rest of the way across the street may have noticed. That's the only explanation I can come up with for why she was neither mowed down nor left stranded in the middle of the road, waiting for a break in the traffic speeding all around her.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 2:06 PM