Just the week before, I had packed away my shorts and mothballed my linens, ready to embrace the Autumn chill and start layering. But given the searing Mediterranean sun that has risen this week, any thoughts of winter layers are obsolete. Instead I’m squeezing in one last Barbecue and scheduling in some vitamin D harvesting by laying in the park.
I’m clearly not alone. We are in the midst of our Autumn/Winter season, but this week have seen summer wear sales in the UK match overseas ones, as British men make a final sartorial stand for summer.
It’s not a new problem though. For, while you have to feel for the model taking part in our Autumnal shoot this week – and doing his level best to not sweat through countless layers of wool and tweed – we know there are always unseasonal blips in the UK barometer. It’s something we Brits should be well versed in negotiating by now. But we’re not. And that’s kind of the fun of it all, right? Whether it’s what we wear in the morning will still be seasonal in the afternoon or what to put in our (digital) shop window, it’s these little surprises that get us all talking about our clothes.
It certainly makes you realise that even when you are really excited about pulling on your new cable knit, the weather can make you pull out a Breton stripe instead.