Men headed for President-elect Barack Obama's Swearing-in ceremony and Inaugural Parade next Tuesday are going to have to survive for hours in damp, near-freezing temperatures.
Even the somewhat prepared gentlemen in the Esquire illustration are likely to be uncomfortable. For one thing, those umbrellas are prohibited security risks that will likely become assets of Homeland Security. And the cold is going to penetrate their shirt fronts while they are being detained.
Hat, gloves, a cashmere or wool scarf, overcoat and the heaviest suit in the closet are all called for this year. Ear muffs should not be totally out of the question either.
There's no rain in the forecast at this time, but the well prepared will also pack a lined raincoat and a waterproof head covering. After all, it is better to bring too much than too little on any major expedition. Men who are not dressed for the weather will lose their opportunity to observe history in the making.