Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hurray - I See the Light; Now It's British Summertime We Can Savour the Delights of the City for Longer

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hurray - I See the Light; Now It's British Summertime We Can Savour the Delights of the City for Longer

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Byline: BELLA BLISSETT

MAYBE it was the smell of moth balls, but one look at my sizeable collection of mini skirts and sleeveless tops last night was enough to leave my senses reeling.

As I unpacked my summer wardrobe, I waved goodbye to my washed-out jeans, anaemic-looking tights and shrugged off my winter fashion SAD (seasonally affected disorder).

It isn't just me, either. Since the clocks went forward yesterday, the city is already looking like a different place. Suddenly 7pm is a magical hour of daylight; men are moving out to the beer gardens with their pints and girls are frantically booking wax/tan/ pedicure appointments in preparation for the season of all things leggy.

Despite the rigours of a summer beauty regime, I relish the warmer weather and the sartorial opportunities it promises. It is the winter wardrobe minefield that depresses me. Faced with the icy temperatures of last week, I wrapped up warm before popping out for a few essentials.

When I was refused a kitchen knife in Robert Dyas on the grounds that I looked under 21, I blamed it entirely on my winter hoodie. Clearly the fact that it was bright pink and vaguely Paris Hilton-esque didn't stop me from looking like a 15-year-old Asbo kid.

Scarves are a hassle, tights guaranteed to go bobbly and gloves so fiddly that I've taken to wearing arm warmers this winter. As for layering - that good old fashion stalwart - if you manage to get two tops beneath your pinafore, top them with a cardy, then add a thick coat, you end up dragging around your own body weight in clothes. All of which adds up to a severe case of fashion SAD.

Yesterday, the distant thwack of a tennis ball reminded me that one of the best things about summer (aside from the single layers and being able to alternate between your Jackie Os and aviators) is how much more time you have for "activities". …

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