This was the headline on the front page of the Off Duty section in the weekend Wall Street Journal. The article to which it refers is, alas, typical of the pablum found every week in this section. In it Sara Ruffin Costello focuses on the putative fact that “many aesthetes have been reconsidering the down comforter, some banishing it altogether.”
I will have to confess that I do not care one whit that the aesthetes think it “a style error,” but I do share their dislike of the Duvet. I do not own one, but I encounter them frequently when I travel, and I think it sufficient condemnation to say that the down comforter is “a sweat factory,” as its aesthete detractors readily acknowledge. For me, in fact, it is worse. If I fall asleep under one, I am soon awake again because I am too hot. Then, I find that I can sleep neither with it (“too hot”) nor without it (“too cold”). I can, of course, stretch it across party of my body, leaving the rest uncovered. But then I am too hot and too cold at the same time.
Am I alone in this experience? If not, why have the fancier hotels all gone over to the down comforter?