After the relentless grey of the last couple of months a strange bright object has been sighted in the sky. After a flurry of googling, we have identified it as the sun. Suddenly it's spring. And it was sudden. People went out in the morning in winter coats only to look completely foolish by the end of the day.
So. What should we be wearing in this glorious weather? That is quite simple for young women to answer. They will continue to wear their shorts, only now they can leave off the black tights they've been wearing underneath. Or, if they are idle young women, they can scissor the tights off at upper thigh level without troubling to get undressed.
When you reach an interesting age--and I think 50 must qualify--the wearing of short shorts probably needs to be confined to sporting activities. But having noted the opaque tights+shorts combo, I will confess that I've contemplated an old pair of jeans and wondered about turning them into cut-offs. But then I asked myself this one simple question: Do I want my sons to talk to me ever again?
Which leaves me with a summer clothing dilemma. My 'When in doubt, wear black' maxim doesn't hold up well here; especially if you're bored to death of wearing dark dismal wintery colours. The answer, of course, is to wear white. White trousers with some bracing colour blocking: that is my solution. A rummage in my trouser drawer revealed a pair of white capri pants I'd completely forgotten about. I also found a vacuum packed bag of light-coloured clothing lurking under a clothes rail, full of things not seen since the autumn. It was all rather exciting, like the childhood ritual of opening the trunk full of summer clothes used to be.
One small caveat, however. Don't wear white trousers when you are chipping 6 years of filth off your cooker prior to moving house. Or if you do, make sure you team it with a nice long apron.