We Brits are a little bit hard on the crispiest and most colourful of the seasons. Each year we begrudge autumn as it paves the way for winter. We grumble as it emerges hot on the heels of our beloved summer. And we complain endlessly as the nights draw in and the days get chillier. But the poor little season has really got some good things going for it.
The arrival of the new A/W 2011 collections is always a welcome distraction from autumn’s chilly days, and an excuse to splurge on new coats and shiny boots. We can, with a small sigh of relief, fold up our summery outfits and hide them away until next year. However much we love them, skimpy summer clothes are really quite a lot of bother; we wait all summer for the perfect occasion to wear them, and it never quite arrives. Let’s be practical. Instead of sandals and sun dresses, we can embrace woollen jumpers and shoes that don’t leak and we’ll be much more prepared for the weather Britain throws at us.
Autumn also rekindles our love affair with black tights, a wardrobe staple and general life saver. At least in autumn we can reach for our trusty tights without a second thought, hide our pale British skin, give up our deluded attempts to fake tan and forget about having to shave our legs (in autumn, you need the extra warmth anyway…)
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Published on 14 October 2011 in The Motion Online.