Not sure how it works where you live, but over here the clothing stores start stocking the next season's clothes as the new season begins. So as summer gets nicely warmed up and into the swing of things, they start stocking winter clothes. Which means by the time it gets chilly and you are ready to buy a few warm things to wear, they have either (a) sold out all sizes except XS and XXL or (b) have cleared the winter stock to make space for bikinis and shorts - entirely appropriate gear for a temperature hovering somewhere around fucking freezing. It drives me insane.
If you are a grown up and you have old clothes to fall back on, you are reasonably safe, but god forbid you should lose or gain weight, or need anything new because sorry-for-you buddy, all you have to keep you warm are board shorts and bikinis. As for your 4 year old who needs thermal vests because they have outgrown last year's, forget! Should have thought of that 3 months ago in the middle of summer, you bad bad mother.
Seeing as my father has lost so much weight since he got ill, my mother has been looking for some warm track pants and some new vests for him*. Not a thing to be found. Plenty of short sleeved shirts and shorts, no vests. WTF! It is only July! The coldest, wettest months are still to come. HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND, MR RETAILER??
Someone in retail please explain why clothing stores do this. And let me know who to address my letter of complaint to.
* Father is doing extremely well, even in my most wishing thinking I didn't dare hope he would be doing so well so soon. Carry on Dad, and remember to listen to Nurse Ratchet Mom - she knows best (now, drink that Ensure and get up and go for your walk immediately)
PS Another pic of Max, just because.