Skirt-wearing weirdo!

@liquorice (3901)
January 11, 2009 6:34pm CST
I've been away on my holidays, yay!! Me and the family had a lovely time in sunny Florida, (it was a big contrast to this frosty-cold British weather, I can tell you! ). We did Disney and saw some relatives and it was all good. And as a result of my American experience, I have a few burning US-related questions, which I'm hoping some American people (or anybody else really), can help me with. As I'm still rather jet-lagged, it might take me a while to ask all my questions. Finding it a bit hard to string a sentence together and think coherently at the moment... But here is the question I consider to be the most pressing!! Knowing that it would be nice weather there I packed a selection of summer clothes, including some skirts. However, I found myself to be the only woman in Disneyworld wearing a skirt (except for Minnie and Daisy of course!) Every other female there, including kids, was wearing trousers/shorts/cropped trousers, together with a t-shirt. It was like a uniform. Even my two-year old daughter picked up on this, without any prompting from me, and after a day she refused to wear anything other than trousers and a top. I couldn't work out what was going on. So why do people not wear skirts to Disneyworld?? Is the temperature (in the mid-20's) considered to be cold by Florida standards? Do people perhaps think that that they'll be doing so much bounding around, that they need to wear their exercise clothes? Is there some kind of Disney dress-code that I just don't know about? (Did I break some state law?? ) Is this just a Disney thing, or do people in America not wear skirts very much? Well, not one to conform, I rebelled and continued to wear my skirts . But I'm curious to know why I was the only one...
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@redhotpogo (4398)
• United States
12 Jan 09
yeah mid 20's is a bit cool i guess. but no one here really wears dresses, unless its a wedding or church. girls just don't do dresses.
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@liquorice (3901)
14 Jan 09
Mid 20's seemed like pretty hot weather for us, especially at this time of year! But I know that it depends what you're used to. I do wear trousers and shorts (got nothing against them) but I just think that skirts are much more comfortable than trousers when it's hot. And it seems a shame that girls don't do dresses any more, because maybe it means that even if someone did want to wear one, perhaps they'd choose not to because it's not fashionable, or the "done thing". I think that it's nice to have the choice!
• United States
15 Jan 09
i guess. girls look nice in dresses really, but well that's just the way it is now. girls don't want to be girls anymore.
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@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
12 Jan 09
Glad you had a good time in Florida. I think people weren't wearing any skirts because usually when you go to an amusement park you wear pants. This is because you never know what condition you'll be in on the ride. Meaning if the ride takes you up high and your legs are hanging out then everyone will see up your skirt. If you go on something upside down then you'll have a problem. It's really just a matter of wearing active type clothes for being active I think.
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@liquorice (3901)
14 Jan 09
Hmm, yes that's a very good point! I didn't really envisage that happening with the small kids' rides, but I could imagine it being a bit disastrous with some of the bigger rides. Thanks for your answer.
• United States
12 Jan 09
I think that when people are visiting Disney they are dressing with comfort in mind. Its kind of embarassing when your riding the roller coaster and your skirt flys up to show every one your bloomers and there is no way for you to reach down and put it down. As your about to loop the loop and are holding on for dear life. I wear skirts when I know I am not gonna be going upside down or when I want to dress up. I will also wear a skirt if I want to please my hubby. I mainly wear pants and slacks due to my job. Its just easier when your a nurse to wear pants when you need to help a patient or there is an ER. Well that is why I wear pants or shorts and not skirts or dresses.
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@liquorice (3901)
12 Jan 09
Thanks Autumnrose, I guess that makes sense! As we went with small kids, we weren't going to go on any roller coasters or anything where we were upside down, so I didn't really consider this. The rides we did were quite tame, but fun anyway . I don't really consider wearing skirts as dressing up as most of mine are casual ones. Maybe it's a cultural difference, or maybe we're just so unused to hot weather here in the UK, that when it happens we fully embrace it and wear the lightest clothes we can find! I understand that it makes sense for many people to wear trousers because of their jobs, especially in a job that requires lots of running around and physical stuff.
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@cher913 (25891)
• Canada
12 Jan 09
skirts almost seem gone to the way of the dinosaur here in north america. i am in canada and while you didnt even think of going to church in a pair of dress pants, many women are going in jeans at my (baptist) church (which is something i just cant get my head around as of yet) i wear nice pants or (gasp) skirts still!
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@liquorice (3901)
12 Jan 09
Thanks for your reply cher. That's interesting to know, I didn't realise that skirts were a bit outdated in North America. That's interesting that people wear jeans to go to church. I'm glad you're sticking to your principles and still daring to wear skirts regardless!
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@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
18 Jan 09
To be honest I don't know why. Perhaps American women prefer rousers than skirts? I would wear whatever I feel confident in without taking care of what the others might think. I hope that someone quenched your curiosity and provided some valid answers
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@liquorice (3901)
18 Jan 09
Thanks ronaldinu. Yes, I agree with your viewpoint. I stuck with my skirts and felt happier that way, even though I was a bit curious about why I was the only one! I've had lots of insightful answers, from which I've learnt that American women just don't wear skirts much any more. As well as being a fashion thing, people said that for theme parks one tends to wear leisure-wear, which consists of shorts/trousers and tops rather than skirts and dresses. Plus the fact that if you're going on rides where you go upside-down it might not be too advisable to wear a skirt! Someone also suggested that mid-20's might be considered a little chilly for your average Floridian, and so they dress up warm!
• United States
14 Jan 09
well im from florida and usually when it hits 20 degrees people start dressing like eskimos lol.. skirts just dont seem that popular anymore anywhere unless its with a punk outfit or by a celebrity.. i know in florida the majority seem to stick with shorts.. heck i didnt even own jeans till i moved to tn
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@liquorice (3901)
14 Jan 09
That's really funny . Actually I did notice a lot of people wearing jumpers and light jackets, and this surprised me a little! It's funny that skirts aren't popular any more. I suppose they're not quite as popular here as they used to be, but lots of people (of all ages) still wear them. Shorts did seem to be a very popular choice, although I found the short shorts, sweater and jacket combo a bit mystifying! It's funny that you didn't own jeans before moving away from Florida.
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
12 Jan 09
That is pretty much the casual "uniform" of the average American. I think skirts in general are rather out right now. I see mainly slacks on the women at my church too. I even see them at weddings. They will come back around again, I'm sure.
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@liquorice (3901)
14 Jan 09
Thanks for your answer rocket. That's strange that there's a uniform like this, what happened to individuality? It sounds like it's a bit of a trend to wear trousers to church as well. I suppose it is all a question of fashion, and like you say, they will probably become popular again before long!