I find it very difficult to buy clothes for Irish summers. Do any of you feel the same way? First of all, we never know what kind of summer we are going to get and, secondly, I am past the age when I want to bare too much flesh. I prefer any of the other seasons for many reasons.
Autumn – ‘the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ – is my favourite because I love the colours, particularly yellow, amber, gold, orange and rust. I am always eager to put away the under-used summer clothes and get out the hug-me-in black tights and ankle boots. The leather jackets come out of hiding and I am eager to scour the shops for some new outfits.
I am also very fond of Winter, ’when icicles hang by the wall’. Unlike others, who dread the darker evenings and the cold, I don’t mind dressing in warmer clothes and love my coats and faux furs and knee-high boots.
And ‘Nothing is as beautiful as Spring when weeds in wheels shoot long and lovely and lush’.
I find it easier to dress for Spring. A pair of jeans, shirt or light sweater and ankle boots and you are sorted, while a scarf can take away any chill in the air. If you want to ditch the coat, a jacket generally works fine, unless you live in Ireland where winter coats are worn all through Spring and often into summer!
But when it comes to summer I have major problems …’summertime and the living is easy’ (as the song goes – couldn’t think of a suitable poem!). If we have a good summer in Ireland (which we haven’t had in years), my summer wardrobe mainly consists of maxis, capri-pants and wide-legged trousers. Various tops and shirts and jackets and cardigans complete the looks. I also have a few short dresses which generally I wear with tights until my legs lose their pale ghostly pallor. If I want to wear sandals, I have to buy open-toe tights. Of course, there is always false tan, but I am a disaster with it and seldom get it right and I also hate how it stains the bed sheets.
Trying to get a ‘real’ tan is no longer an option and while I don’t avoid the sun (I am always out walking or golfing), I seldom lie in it now. I am aware that we need vitamin D and that we must not avoid it completely, but gone are the days of lying in it for hours lathered in baby oil.
At the moment, we are bathed in sunshine and I have just got my summer clothes out of the mothballs and bought some new items which I will be sharing with you on the blog, FB, and Instagram in the coming weeks. Follow, comment and share please!