Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Don't Canoodle or Wear Flip Flops to Work: Here Are the Rights (and Wrongs) of Spring in London; One Ray of Sun and We Start Summer Loving, Says Rosamund Urwin. Know the Seasonal Rules

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Don't Canoodle or Wear Flip Flops to Work: Here Are the Rights (and Wrongs) of Spring in London; One Ray of Sun and We Start Summer Loving, Says Rosamund Urwin. Know the Seasonal Rules

Article excerpt

Byline: says Rosamund Urwin

THE gauge on the capital's fleshometer has shot up. With winter's rude breath finally being usurped by spring's flirty kisses, a whole load of London that has long been buried under thick knits and 40 Denier is suddenly on show again. Welcome to an almost forgotten land one where flip-flops are deemed Underground-appropriate attire, where lunchtime dining can be al fresco not al desko and halfnaked runners show off their abs. There's something strangely British about pretending we're in Ibiza when the thermometer hits a balmy 11C small wonder that Nick Clegg mentioned our habit of stripping off at the first sight of sun in his love letter to the nation. But unfortunately we're not universally skilled at coping with the capricious spring weather. Just think of those days in the park that end with someone scrubbing encrusted mud off suede boots with a toothbrush or the many picnics and barbecues where rain stops play. So here's how to enjoy the return of the sun this spring: DO DRESS FOR THE OFFICE The sun is no excuse to forget the dress code. One of the worst sartorial sins in the workplace is swapping pumps and brogues for flip-flops, the footwear that gives your toes a wedgie. Most colleagues won't want to see your Frodo feet (and you should avoid those who do). More generally, if you work in an office where employees are supposed to look smart, make sure standards are maintained. Best avoid sloppy T-shirts and clothes that women's mags would call "festival wear" (anything that could be classed as "very Sienna Miller, the boho years").

DON'T CANOODLE IN PUBLIC Hotter weather apparently means the pheromones flow. London's parks become a hotbed of licentiousness where people old enough to know better act like dogs on heat. If you're past adolescence and so have any other place to go, there's little excuse for pashing in a park. It's not some kind of edgy performance art, and you should know by now that your punishment will be a dry-cleaning bill to remove all those grass stains. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.