Special Sub-Topic: Going into the Wind
|The wind can wreak havoc on a carefully coiffed hairstyle. Which of the following would NOT be useful for making sure your hair is NOT whipped about by the wind?|
Yarmulke. Of course it would depend on your hairstyle, but a floppy hat, an accordion hat and a beret all provide coverage of most of the head, and will at least cover your tresses. A yarmulke is a Jewish head covering that covers the very top of the head and is only about four inches in diameter. It is worn by men for religious reasons and would not provide coverage or warmth in windy weather.
|The wind can also be very damaging to your face when you are out on a windy day. Which of the following would offer the best fashionable protection from the wind and cold for your face?|
Moisturizing sunblock. Though windburn is not caused by the sun, it can feel like sunburn. It is important to use a moisturizing protective cream on any exposed parts of your face when you are in the wind. The advantage of cream is that you can see and be seen, but you are still protected. Though the most effective protection from the cold might offered by a winter hat that masks the entire face, it would not be considered fashionable at all. Though it might be possible to choose a fashionable Halloween mask, it would not offer much protection from the cold, and is not as good as the moisturizing cream. The scarf would protect the lower part of your face, but you would still need protection for the skin not covered by the scarf.
|It's important to be prepared to touch up your make-up and hairstyle at a moment's notice when you've been out in the wind. What fashionable accessory can women use to hold a hairbrush, a comb, hand sanitizer, hairspray, perfume, make-up and other sundry items?|
A handbag. The most common carry-all used by fashionistas is a handbag, also often called a purse, and it can come in a variety of colors, shapes and materials, to go with any outfit. They also come in any price range, from the accessible to the expensive!
A paper bag would be both impractical and not fashionable. A backpack would be useful and might be resistant to the elements, but it would not be as fashionable as a handbag. A duffel bag would be too big for carrying the sundries mentioned, and is more suited to a trip as luggage.
|If you're concerned about fashion, yet need to brave the elements, like wind and rain, you'll need light-weight outer gear that will allow you to move freely and will still protect you. Which of the following would NOT be a great choice?
Cashmere cardigan. A cashmere cardigan might be a fashionable choice, but it is not very much protection from the wind, and would be virtually useless in the rain. Any of the other items would be both fashionable and resistant to wind and rain. The difference between a windbreaker and a windcheat is purely semantic. The US favors windbreakers, while in the UK, windcheat is more common.
|Sometimes a jacket isn't enough to brave the wind and cold. There is a fashionable type of overcoat made of thick woolly cloth with buttons made of oblong pieces of wood or horn, that shut the coat by fitting into large leather or cloth loops. What is a common name of this type of coat, which also sometimes called a "Monty coat"?|
Duffel coat. The Duffel coat got its name from a Belgian village near Antwerp which started producing tightly woven woolly fabrics in the 1400s. The village name came to be used for the fabric itself. The English navy ordered hooded coats with a very easy fastening to be used in stormy weather. Someone came up with the oblong pieces of wood to put into large leather loops. The wood is often replaced with horn or (whale)bone because these materials are less prone to decay when used in wet weather. Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery was frequently spotted in a Duffel coat during the Second World War. Hence the alternative name of "Monty Coat".
Lederhosen are leather breeches used most often by Austrian or South German men during their free time. A negligee is a loose-fitting women's garment of diaphanous transparent fabric, usually without need for any fastening implements. It would not be appropriate for outdoor wear, especially not in the wind and rain. Hennins are medieval hats for women resembling cones longer than the wearers' heads.
|The wind can be deadly to our eyes, especially when skiing or snowboarding. Which of the following would best protect the eyes when participating in these activities? |
Goggles. Snow goggles are the best protection for the eyes when skiing or snowboarding. They hold tight to your face and don't allow wind or any bits of debris to get into your eyes. The good news is that there are several styles of goggles that are quite fashionable and come in interesting tints and hues. The downside, however is that goggles invariably have a strap that holds them onto the head so they will definitely mess up your hair (if you have enough of it!) but you'll probably be wearing tight-fitting head protection anyway so your hair will be ruined no matter what. *Sigh*. Time to run to the restroom and perform a quick makeover with the tools in your handbag after a day of sports!
Sunglasses help protect the eyes from UV light, but their open design is does not provide the full protection needed by skiers and snowboarders. Safety glasses come in so many different varieties to protect the eyes from many different harmful things, most often in the workplace. They are not meant to stay on, though, and wouldn't be of much use when skiing or snowboarding. A balaclava is a head covering that protects most of the head and face, excluding the eyes.
|The wind and weather can also damage your hands, so protecting them with gloves is essential. Of the following fashionable fabrics, which would NOT offer the best protection from wind, rain and cold?|
Lace. Leather, wool and fur gloves would help to both keep out the cold and block the wind and rain from reaching the skin of the hands. Lace gloves, while they look pretty, aren't going to offer much protection in the way of warmth or blocking out the elements.
|Even the best of coats can't protect everything that is underneath. Any self-respecting fashionista seeking a beautiful yet truly weather-proof outfit would seek something to protect her legs on a cold, blustery, windy day. Which of the following would be the best choice?|
Jeans, leather or lined heavy pants or trousers. Jeans or other heavy pants (or trousers) would best protect the legs from the wind and cold. A skirt and woolen stockings may offer a measure of protection from cold and wind, though probably not as much as the heavy pants. Hotpants, even fur ones, would probably be best worn to a nightclub and wouldn't offer the required protection. A skort is a cross between a skirt and shorts, and it is perfect for playing golf or other outdoor activities in nicer weather, but it would not offer protection for the legs in the cold.
|Many pants or trousers need a bit of help to keep them in place. Which of the following would be the best insurance against sagging on a winter day, keeping in mind that fashion is paramount?|
A belt. "Sagging" is the practice of wearing pants (or trousers) below the waistline and revealing the underwear. According to urban legend, this practice came about from prison fashion where prisoners weren't allowed to wear belts due to their being able to be used as weapons or for inflicting harm (both to others or to one's self). The fashion was adopted by hip-hop artists in the 1990s before making its way to mainstream fashion. The best option, fashionwise, to avoid saggy pants is a belt. Though suspenders can be used to keep pants up, they are not often considered fashionable. Panty hose and safety pins would not do the job and would not be very pretty either.
|Galoshes, Wellingtons, cowboys and Uggs are all used as protective foot covering in inclement weather, and most come in fashionable styles. Keeping the feet warm and dry, what type of foot covering are they?|
Boots. Boots are a type of shoe that covers the foot and ankle, sometimes as far up as the knee or hip. The thing that sets them apart from other foot protection covering the ankle (such as sports shoes) is the fact that they usually have a heel that can be clearly distinguished from the sole, providing more traction in slippery situations.
The incorrect answer options will also protect the feet in different ways yet none are appropriate for the windy and wet weather we are contemplating here.
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