Everyone knows the dangers that lurk in social media. We are constantly aware of the junk that litters our timelines and the lessons that come from clicking on garbage only to have our friends begin asking, “Hey, are you really stuck in Brazil and need fast cash?”
Yet recently, I almost fell victim to a news item I read.
“Is the turtleneck dead?” Further, the post continued to say it had been replaced by the cold-shoulder shirt that features cleavage.
I clutched my throat in mock disgust. Heaven forbid, I was doomed. For crying out loud, its three degrees and I’m supposed to abandon a long-time staple in my winter wardrobe that covers my neck, for a garment that shows off my shoulders? And my boobs? Further, what would people think when I donned an upper arm/cleavage-baring top, and people only noticed my long-sleeve Cuddle-dud cuddling my duds, and then some? Was this news item for real?
Now I am no slave to fashion trends, but before I knew it, I googled Snopes, the popular internet fact-checker. Surely, it would tell me if I had anything to worry about. Between turtlenecks and its less fashionable half-sister, the mock turtleneck, I own at least a dozen (though I probably rotate the same four all winter long, but that’s another story.)
Snopes couldn’t help me – they seem to be busy checking out more signifant stories, but my research continued until I finally discovered a new fashion trend – a shoulderless turtleneck sweater!
It’s still not working for me, but at least I know, I don’t have to clear my closet of my beloved turtlenecks. And for the record, I’m not cutting the top of the sleeve out either in favor of the cold-shoulder look.
Nope, I will continue to use Land’s End and LL Bean as my fashion advisors. If they still sell it, I’m still wearing it.
Time for me to steer clear of social media if it’s going to cause me this much distress. I’ve learned a valuable lesson in this moment of angst – you can’t believe everything you read on the internet, just in case you thought you could.