Winter stereotypes in the Golden State (6 photos)


Katie Sones

Credit: Aysen Tan/The Foothill Dragon Press

Daisy Dukes, bikinis on top.”

Katy Perry has nailed one of California’s most well-known stereotypes, but it’s not the only one. Since California is the Golden State, Californians have developed several unique winter wear stereotypes over the years.

Winter attire is very different in California, and could be considered strange to outsiders. In the Golden State, you’ll often see people at the beach on Christmas day rocking their bikinis or swim trunks with a Santa hat.

One classic California winter outfit is the combination of Ugg boots and shorts. Although this seems counterproductive, “winter” in some regions of California tends to be bipolar. It can be very cold in the morning and much warmer in the afternoon, so this odd match-up of clothing makes sense.

The stereotype that Southern Californians don’t really know what cold weather is like is proved here in Ventura, where anything below 60 degrees is considered freezing. When the temperature starts going down, the Patagonias start coming out. Venturans love their Patagonias, and jump at the chance to wear them. In almost every classroom, there’s a sea of different colored Patagonias.

While Californians overdress for the cold with their Patagonias, they underdress for the rain. Californians always have flip-flops on their feet, and this doesn’t change in the rain. On a rainy day you can see people sloshing through puddles and mud in their Rainbows or Reefs without a care in the world.

A non-native of the Golden State may think that everyone here practices yoga, because of how many people wear yoga pants. Yoga pants have turned into the sweat pants of California because they’re cute, comfortable, and affordable. You’ll often see a girl who has never even taken a yoga class walking around in yoga pants with a Starbucks in hand.

Two other trends that originated here in California are the “skater” and “surfer” looks which have been around and evolving for decades. The closer you get to the beach, the more scruffy hair, beanies, “man-tanks,” baggy pants, and torn up shoes you’ll see. This “radical” look is another California stereotype that is very prevalent at Foothill.

The warm weather skews Californians perceptions on what to wear during winter months. Although these stereotypes are very prevalent, there are some people who go against the grain and dress in more traditional winter gear.

What do you think?