How Climate Change Is Impacting Street Style, According to The New York Times

Meghan Blalock

The conversation surrounding climate change is one that is still ongoing, with scientists, politicians, and even celebrities offering up opinions and thoughts on the phenomenon's impact on the world. And now, The New York Times has chimed in on the effect it's having on the world of street style specifically.

In a trend piece titled "Fall Fashion: Too Cool to Be Warm," Times writer Miranda Purves waxes poetic about how global warming has affected the way real, everyday people dress. She observes that in New York specifically—where individuals normally spend the fall season in sweaters, trenches, scarves, and the like—she has instead spotted people in T-shirts, sandals, and backless dresses.

"While many people are concerned with global catastrophe—contemplating harrowing images of Greenland melting away and scorched earth in Los Angeles—others are just spinning wildly, like the confused leaves, to figure out what autumn in New York means for their wardrobes," Purves writes.

Personally, we think the problem of Greenland melting is much direr than that of not being able to wear our parkas again! Purves also spoke to Beth Buccini, the owner of iconic NYC boutique Kirna Zabete, who expressed similar concerns.

"I laughed because when I came to work this morning, out of five of us who were standing there, four of us were wearing leather moto jackets,” Buccini told her, “and it seemed preposterous that in the middle of November we’re still able to get away with wearing just a little leather jacket, but in this time of global warming, it seems that’s that the new reality."

Do you think global warming has affected the way you dress? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and shop some of our favorite sustainable fashion pieces too!

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