Cold and sunny. A perfect day for a trip to Ikea in Burlington, Ontario. The only reaction I received was from two over-weight girls shopping in the kitchen department; both smirked and giggled slightly. That's not really conclusive feedback, but I can say that the Ikea visit was illuminating. You have to remember, Canadians dress in dreary subdued winter fashions. In bright sunlight and under Ikea's halogen store lighting, my black Moncler jacket looked incredibly shiny and slick. Unfortunately, these very qualities that I love about Moncler jackets made me self-conscious and uncomfortable around the staff and customers. It's easy to write about it now, but at the time I started to feel like I was wearing something forbidden. I can probably attribute this to the strong connection I have with women wearing these jackets. It was not the experience I was expecting, and it was a bit unnerving. After today, I have serious doubts that I can wear this jacket confidently in public.
I'm scoring these experiences as Positive, Neutral, or Negative. Today however, I'm scoring it Fail.