Nearing the tail end of what is shaping up to be the coldest summer in Alaska on record, women there looked no worse for wear during visits to such whistle-stop towns as Skagway and Whittier. Rampant commercialism has yet to infiltrate this state of nearly 627,000, even though Alaska is two-and-a-half times larger than Texas. Just getting to Juneau requires a boat or a plane — it is the only state capital without any road access. Despite the thermometer rarely hitting 65 degrees and the abundant rainfall — Ketchican is said to get some 340 days of rain each year — women weather the elements in bright-colored anoraks, wool jackets and down vests, many of which had ever-important hoods. A more adventurous Juneau dresser did them one better, trying to sport a glimpse of summer in faded thigh-baring cutoffs, worn with a hoodie, black vest, unlaced boots and a magenta fisherman’s watch cap.
This story first appeared in the August 26, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
As one Alaskan said, “It ain’t bad weather, it’s just bad clothes. You have to dress for it.”