Seizing everything the street offers
And then, finally, the children found that it was just too childish, that it was tight, that it scratched, that it hampered their vision. They created scenes when they had to put it on. Wiser children simply hid theirs in the bottom of their satchel when the bus arrived, so as not to make a fuss, and the appeal of the childish balaclava ended up passing.
But if you look closely, the balaclava is not restrictive. We find it in the cinema and in comics, under the helmet of F1 champions, fighter pilots, bikers or firefighters. It also covers the face of gangsters, burglars and assassins. The hood protects and preserves anonymity. She is part of the hero and villain panoply, but she doesn’t fit into everyday life. For a long time, teenagers playing at being bad boys, or rebels were satisfied with a hoodie. Teenage girls also adopted the hoodie, which gives a sense of security in situations where they’d rather pass unnoticed.