Question: Have urbanites forgotten how to notice the turning of the seasons?
-Andrew Mueller, Monocle July/August 2015
We live in a city surrounded nature (Cape Town, obvs!); on the one side we have the sparkling ocean that brings refreshment on a hot day and the mountain that offers security and shelter, if only to our wandering hearts. Being so close to nature, you’d think we would be able to read the seasons like the back of our hands, but we don’t. At the first drop of rain our social media fills up with dismay and despair: Alas, the great winter is upon us! And those same wailers are the first to celebrate the first random ray of sunshine with proclamations of their love for summer #beachbody #summerlovin #ilovethesun, which very quickly turns into “I’m melting! What is this heat even? Why oh why are we being cursed?”
Have we become so engrossed in our urban lifestyles that we don’t even see the little changes in our surroundings, warning us that the seasons are changing? Or have we become so rushed (Cape Town can get busy, ok?) that we miss the wonderful nuances of Autumn and Spring?
And I wonder, does this only apply to the change of season, or do we rush into everything, be it the next stage of our lives or even in fashion. This time of transition is where you can take a breath and gather your thoughts: what is it you want out of the next season? While everyone is running around, snapping pics of premature blossoms and sunsets, take the time to observe, reflect and plan your next step. Be it in your career or simply in planning your summer wardrobe. We need to learn how take a moment to smell the proverbial flowers. And don’t post it on Instagram!
Author | Annamé Kleynscheldt
Annamé started her career in fashion as a personal shopper for Stuttafords, before landing a gig as fashion columnist for the lifestyle publication, The Month. Following a successful tenure in freelance fashion styling, working on both local and international publications, she has returned to her roots in personal shopping. Based at Topshop’s V&A flagship, she can be found saving one fashion victim at a time. | Annamé on Twitter