When I attended that Edward Tufte seminar a couple weeks ago, it was the first time that I'd been around many working professionals of my own age (plus or minus) in a very long time. I was reassured to find that, sure enough, most guys were still wearing polos and chinos.
Women's fashions were similarly familiar, though there were a lot more floral prints than I remembered. What really struck me were the number of ridiculously large handbags carried by those women. These things were gaudy (those floral prints again, or very bright solid colors, or blinged-out black) and HUGE. At one break, I was briefly in line behind a woman of average height who was carrying a bag that was longer than her torso: the zipper was level with her ear, and the bottom seam was below her hip. What's that, about three feet? What does a person put in a bag that big? Another person?
Clearly I know nothing about women's fashions. But then today the New York Times ran an excellent audio slideshow on the prevalence of giant, crazy bags. If the Paper of Record thinks this phenomenon is worth noting, surely this blog can, too!