Unpopular opinion number one - I’ve never liked summer. I’m pale so I burn easily and constantly smell of sun cream, I don’t do well in the heat, my hair resembles Monica’s Barbados frizz and I don’t like my feet/toes or legs being on show. Everywhere is busy and sweaty. We have to sleep with the fan on (noisy) the windows open (bugs) and no covers (monsters) plus no spooning because SWEATY. It’s the worst.
But Autumn, talk to me about Autumn all day long.
It’s a dream. Firstly – pumpkin spiced everything. Yes I KNOW IT’S CINNAMON I don’t care it’s perfect. Crunchy leaves are beautiful and suddenly all photos look more magical. Halloween is approaching, and now I have a child so that means cute little pumpkin outfits. JUMPERS AND KNITWEAR. Cable knit everything in Autumn colours, mustard yellow anyone? Cute pom pom hats (for me and the baby), ankle boots with thick knitted socks or legwarmers. KNITTED TIGHTS, I dislike my legs in summer but I will wear all the skirts and dresses in Autumn because knitted tights.
The light is so much better for outfit photos because it’s not bright and in your eyes and like a spotlight, but it’s soft and beautiful and there’s a warm autumn toned glow that no filter can recreate.
People start making gingerbread and talking about warm fires. You can cuddle up inside with a hot chocolate and a blanket. It’s not winter yet so its not too cold (although winter is also a fantastic season and more on that next month). You can crack out your trench coat again and maybe even a knitted scarf – ahh scarves. You can keep your sunhats and sunglasses, I am all about scarves and gloves.
The days are shorter but not too short It’s a little darker in the evenings, enough to be cosy but not so much it’s bleak and pitch black. Night time is amazing because you can wear pyjamas and snuggle up under the covers with the windows shut and the fan off, but you’re not chilly, it’s just right.
But the best best best part of Autumn is the MAGIC. It’s so magical because of the anticipation of Christmas. It feels festive even before the decorations and trees go on sale. People start to talk about Christmas, to plan. It becomes a real event rather than something that’s off in the distance. Usually we aren’t allowed to talk about it yet because it’s still summer and everyone is a scrooge.
Unpopular opinion number two: I prefer the run up to Christmas far more than the day itself. The months before when Christmas markets are mentioned and the shops start selling mulled wine. M&S Christmas Sandwiches are on the shelves and it’s September then suddenly October then before you know it it’s November and there is just magic in the air everywhere you go.
I’m potentially biased here because last Autumn I was expecting our first child and there was magic everywhere I went even if it was to Morrisons for petrol. There was excitement and anticipation for our new arrival, but it was just like the excitement and anticipation that the festive season is filled with. And in a way isn’t that even more magical than the event itself? The run up to it and the planning and imagining and wondering.
Autumn is absolutely number one because everything is magical and crisp and Christmas is around the corner and the air smells of pumpkin lattes and Instagram is full of yellows and oranges and leaves and flatlays and everyone worships knitwear rather than bikinis, and Zara suddenly sell things that suit me and I love my outfit photos.
Don’t tell me that sun cream and squinting into the sun and flies and bees can compare to dark greys and mustard yellows and cable knit everything. Autumn is magical and I’m beside myself to light the cinnamon candles and take photos of my baby as a pumpkin sitting in a pile of leaves. As far as I’m concerned, Autumn is September October and November which means tomorrow is Autumn and I COULDN’T BE HAPPIER.
Feel free to leave a comment about what you think is the best season, but unless it’s Autumn I won’t believe you. What’s your favourite thing about Autumn?