Does This Wool Sweater Make Me Look Like a Prostitute?

So I was in Langley for a meeting today and since I was there a bit early, I decided to walk down the street to the 7/11 for a diet Pepsi. As I’m walking down the street, there’s a guy trying to get into a pawn shop, but it appears to be closed. As he turns to leave, he sees me, smiles creepily, and says, “Are you looking for some company?”  I’ve seen enough Hollywood movies to know what he’s getting at.  My reaction: laughter, followed by “Uh, no.” And then more laughter.  And then I tweeted it.

‘cuz seriously, do I really look like a prostitute?

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I mean, I know my boots are hot and all, but I’m wearing a totally respectable work dress1 and a freaking wool sweater!  Do Langley prostitutes typically wear wool sweaters and walk down major streets at 2 in the afternoon?

To top it all off, after I acquired my diet Pepsi and headed back to the office where I was having my meeting, three people came up to me and asked “Do you smoke weed?”  Because apparently I also look like a pot dealer. W. T. F.?

  1. in fact, I purposely chose this dress because earlier in the day I was at an event where I knew the Directors and Executive Director were going to be and so I made a point of wearing what I thought was one of my more professional looking dresses. Apparently I had mistaken what kind of a “professional” I was going to look like []

6 Replies to “Does This Wool Sweater Make Me Look Like a Prostitute?”

  1. When I lived on Kingsway in Vancouver I very quickly learned that "walking down the street at night while female" is actually the vibe they're equating with "prostitute".

    The best part? Torn jeans and a track jacket does not equal high-cost escort. I was displeased, to say the least.

    1. Yeah, how dare I walk down the street the street while female? But this wasn’t even at night – it was 2 p.m. Perhaps they start earlier in the valley?

  2. As a resident of Langley for 3 years, I'd have to say that those folks don't see prostitutes very often lol. If you just had the dress on I could see it but next time, grab a jacket!!

  3. Something similar happened to Isha in Vanier (scariest part of Ottawa) a couple years ago after dusk. A group of us were between two cars parked in a lot, trying to find an address. Isha hopped out of one car and came over to ours with details regarding a new address. On her way back to car #1, someone slowed down and propositioned her. Oh, walking at dusk…in jeans and a sweater.

  4. LOL! At least we now know the dress code required for prostitution in Langley – just in case we ever have a need for it! 🙂

  5. A friend of mine spent a year in Germany during undergrad, and got propositioned in Hamburg during the winter while she was wearing jeans, hiking boots, a thick woolen coat, a toque, gloves, and ear muffs.

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