I used to think the most annoying thing about campus was the Canadian geese that congregate on University Hill. But lately there’s been an even more annoying goose hanging around campus.
Of course, I am referring to the overwhelming number of Western students that sport the exorbitant status symbol known as the Canada Goose jacket between the months of November and March. Is it only at Western that the words “Canada Goose” change in connotation from majestic national animal to overpriced attempt at acceptance?
I’ll admit that the London winters do tend to be cold and if the warmth of the jackets was the single reason student wore them then I wouldn’t be really be complaining, but we all know that’s not the case.
Selling for upwards of $500, Canada Goose jackets are the ultimate cry for social acceptance. For a campus that is often stereotyped by outsiders as spoiled, Canada Goose jackets could be presented as exhibit A in their case.
Many students lay claim to the fact that the jackets are worth the hefty price tag for their warmth, but it should be pointed out that many other jackets are more affordable, equally as warm and, in my opinion, much more stylish.
Normally I would refrain from generalizing an entire company under one product, but I don’t have to because Western students have already done that for me. I’m not criticizing the entire company because they do have a wide variety of coats to choose from, but students at Western seem to be fixated on a singular jacket—the black Chilliwack Bomber.
If you have ever walked around campus in the winter months, it becomes painfully obvious that seemingly every other person on campus has the exact same jacket, down to the colour, price and puffiness level.
What is it with winter months that seem to produce stagnant, obnoxiously identifiable outerwear trends? First Uggs—which unlike Canada Goose jackets provide little to no protection against the harsh elements—and now these coats. Is there something about the social protocol of Western students that prevents us from wearing both practical and affordable clothing?
No, I am not a member of some sort of “occupy” group and I am not arguing against the one per cent. I’m simply saying that just because you have the money to afford a Canada Goose jacket does not mean you have to shut off all semblance of originality.
It is bad enough that most students’ cellphone choice is a binary between iPhone and Blackberry, students could at least try to be inventive in their choice of winter outerwear. It says a lot about our campus that one is praised as original for sporting a Canada Goose jacket that isn’t black.