While watching the nightly news recently, I saw the Snuggie™ Blanket hit the New York Fashion Week runway with new colors and styles. (There were dogs modeling them too!) I chuckled, amazed this shapeless blanket with sleeves, often the fodder of late-night talk shows and Facebook chatter, had made its way to the New York fashion scene.
I've joked about this oversized fashion trend with co-workers. And laughed out loud at one specific scene from its commercial: the family wearing Snuggies at an outdoor game. What teenage football player wants to look up in the stands and see his parents dressed in matching Snuggies?
So, how did this unexpected fashion trend find its way to Creative Memories? This is how I remember it…
At Creative Memories, we work in pods. The people in my pod have what I call Goldilocks Syndrome. That's when people who work in the same place – at the same time – find the room temperature too hot (that's me!), too cold (Leah and Wanda), or just right (Chris and Lisa – I never hear them complain about the temperature). I use a fan to keep cool, while my pod mates – Leah and Wanda – either go with a layered look or wrap themselves in a cozy Creative Memories blanket to keep warm.
So, with Leah's upcoming birthday at the height of Snuggie popularity and just in time for winter, no one questioned giving her the somewhat useful, not-too-flattering Snuggie. She put it on, struggling a bit to find the sleeves. And there she stood drowning in blue.
Leah wears her Snuggie. When she's cold. At her desk. Not at meetings. Never at lunch. Sometimes, she'll even model it for a curious passerby or two, and we laugh (with her, not at her). Yes, this unusual blanket with sleeves has found a place at Creative Memories. And in my pod.
All kidding aside, I think the Snuggie serves a practical purpose at an affordable price. I confess, I'm adding one to my blanket collection to wear on cold winter nights in the privacy of my own home. And perhaps I'll wear it to the company's annual Halloween party. It may even come in handy for scrapbooking. But it's way too warm and clumsy for this hottie to wear at work.
How about you? Do you see yourself in a Snuggie?