Summer is drawing to a close. You can feel it in the air, see it in the clothes that everyone with common sense has donned. It's that time of year when the freedom begins to close in and school holidays start to become a fading memory. Fear not though, yes the minor warmth has left our shores again for ten months, but there are many great things that come with the season that is Autumn. Here are the best things about Autumn;
1) Less Sweat, More Success
Summer equals sweat. Simple as. Despite the fact that we live in a country where the highest temperature for the entire summer period is 20 degrees, there are some days when it gets a little muggy, also known as being 'shocking close'. Autumn brings with it cool breezes and less of a need for lashings of deodorant.
2) A Better Nights Sleep
Trying to sleep in sticky, warm weather isn't that easy. Too warm with a duvet, too cold without it. Cool nights mean warm blankets, spooning and restful shut eye all round.
3) No More Hayfever
Hayfever, the very bane of many a persons summer. Which is why, come Autumn, noses all around the country clear up, along with the dampened spirits. Goodbye nasal spray, farewell and piss off.
I love Halloween. More than Christmas. More than my Birthday, Christmas and Easter all combined. I don't really know what it is, apart from the excessive sweet consuming, costume donning, party throwing aspect of it all, of course.
5) Blankets Everywhere
Goodbye sheet for a duvet and HELLO thick blankets, how we've missed you. Welcome back.
6) Less Grooming
In comes the temperature drop and with it, hair. Goodbye smooth legs, hello a warm layer of hairy insulation. That goes for the men too. Stubble and Autumn go hand in hand.
7) Extra Weight Equals Insulation
The beach body is out and the inch to pinch is in. Cuddly is the height of sexy and practical. Hey, there's only so many layers a person can wear externally, after all.
8) Decent TV Is Back
If you too are sick to the back teeth of the same Friends re-runs, then fear not, we have Autumn scheduling to look forward to. The best of the best usually begins in and around September/ October. Many nights in to look forward to.
9) The New Fashion Season
Tights, coats, jumpers, scarfs, joy. Layering is caring, the more the merrier, nothing is too much, no layer too many. Pile them on and glow with warmth.
A festival renowned for and based around beer. Could there be anything better I ask you? Not unless you actually go to Germany for it, now there's the dream.
11) Early Nights Are More Acceptable
When it's bright until ten at night, going to bed early is a difficult task and by difficult, I mean impossible. When, however, the depths of winter set in and it's dark outside at 5pm, getting into your onesie and hitting the bed at 8pm is totally acceptable. Thank god for that.
12) Comfort Food
Soups, stews, anything that's hot and warming hits the spot. Farewell salads, see you next May.
13) Hot Drinks
Is there anything better than coming in from the cold and straight into a steaming cup of tea/ coffee/ hot chocolate/ hot whiskey? There isn't, I've checked.
14) Thick Socks
Following a summer of baring our ugly feet (everyone has ugly feet, it's a scientific fact), letting them retreat to the fluffy depths of some woolly socks is a great moment in itself.
15) Tanning Is Out
Throw away that Sally Hansen, tanning mit and bronzer, because thankfully, it's totally acceptable to let you inner paleness shine through throughout the Autumnal months. Think the cast of Twilight and you're on the right page.
16) Woolly Hats
A beanie hat can make the most unappealing of beings look adorable. After all, how could a knitted tea cosy sitting atop windswept hair and rosy cheeks not make you look adorable?
17) Everything Is An Instagram Moment
From the leaves on the ground, to the shadows that appear everywhere, to the rich sunsets, everything around you looks ten times more beautiful in Autumn. The autumn colour palette itself is enough to warrant those many Kodak moments.