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What to Wear to the Drive-In

By August 21, 2013

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Summer is coming to a close, and so are all the activities that keep me off the couch. Sure, ice skating is a thing, but it's a cold thing, so that's out. It's time to grasp for straws as the August days turn into cool September nights; time to squeeze the last drops out of summer while we still can in the Midwest.

Drops of soda that is, and the straws are poking out of an array of big gulps. We're at the drive in! Where raucous kids are free to roam during plot points and gravel counts as a seat. It's a great American tradition, and, oddly enough, one a Japanese car company is currently trying to revive. Drive-Ins have seen better days. If you can remember 50 lb steel speakers that hooked onto car windows, then you know what I'm talking about. From the days of poodle skirts and fedoras, the drive-in has become a rather casual atmosphere. Throw in a cheap ticket price for the whole family and you've got a bonafide zoo.

Along with the jumper cables and other important things you should always bring, I'd like to suggest what to wear to the drive-in:

  • Make it comfortable: The drive-in is no fashion show these days. Think a step above customary Wal-Mart wear. Clothes that are loose, comfortable, but aren't in danger of falling off on the way to the concession stand. A Snuggie is not an outfit, people. Comfy PJ pants (that you can make in a snap)will do.

  • Shoes required... yet optional: Grab a pair of flip-flops or slip-on shoes that you can easily ditch while curled up in your camp chair or on the tailgate.

  • Glowing accessories: These are a must-have for the drive in. Glowing bracelets and necklaces offer entertainment during intermission, and go the extra mile for trying to keep track of the kids as they frolic in the glorified parking lot.

  • Bring a blanket: This is really what you'll be wearing for most of the show. Bring a blanket that you aren't afraid to throw on the pebbles and call a picnic. This is where your Snuggie belongs.

  • Nothing you don't want to stain: Let's face it, you are going to be horking popcorn into your mouth in zombie mode for about two hours... four if you are staying for the double feature. If you're anything like my family, you also stopped for a bucket of chicken on the way. Leave the stainable duds at home so you can properly pig out while everyone's distracted by a 50-foot Christian Bale.

  • Mosquito repellant: You'll have enough of this on that I'm calling it part of your ensemble.

Besides an extra blanket to hide your brother in the hatchback on the way in, I think this about covers it. Have anything to add to the list? Summer Style


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