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Once again it is Sweatpants Season in the Northeast. Sweatshirt Season even more so, although they are worn all year round if it is chilly.

The official Sweatpants Season begins somewhere between the first frost and the first snowfall of the year. The date varies from year to year, so there aren’t greeting cards yet.

But there should be.

Sweats for My Sweaty?
Don’t Sweat It?
How Sweat Are You?

Okay, maybe not … but I never claimed to be a card writer.

So when my friend Linda invited me over for some of the crock pot creation of the day … this one featuring chicken and carrots … and offered to throw in some of my laundry with her last load, I jumped at the opportunity.

What did I take over to be done?

Sweats, what else?

And in an odd twist of fate, I turned on the radio to catch the All Things Considered show on NPR … just to see how today’s announcer did the show as opposed to how I did it

The feature today was about … Sweatshirts and Sweatpants.

Do they look in my window to do these things?

Seems the Experian Marketing Services has determined that Philadelphia leads the country in the per capita consumption of sweatshirts and sweatpants. This is not too many hours from where yours truly is currently living.

According to Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish there was a reason … and they explored the reasons why — is it the weather, college students, Rocky Balboa?

And there have been quotes about Sweats in the past … most notably the one on Seinfeld … 

Jerry: “Again with the sweatpants?”

George: “What? I’m comfortable.”

Jerry: “You know the message you’re sending out to the world with these sweatpants? You’re telling the world, ‘I give up. I can’t compete in normal society. I’m miserable, so I might as well be comfortable.'”

– Jerry and George, in “The Pilot”

But another well-known quote was by Karl Lagerfeld –

Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.

I disagree.

In this area of the country … especially with the casual work environment often found … sweats can be worn, at least by women, with the right accessorizing.

Not the cutesy country sweatshirts, or the “I went to the shore and all I got was this crummy shirt” sweatshirts of course. But the monochromatic black sweatpants and sweatshirt.

Done correctly, the LBS can almost be as versatile as the LBD … at least in more casual settings.

Like with a turtleneck or shirt underneath … a large vibrant scarf making a solo statement … large chunky jewelry begging to make a statement … and/or the ever-present UGG boots.

But then there is always this