My winter uniform doesn’t vary much. When the weather turns Arctic I dig out my old Jigsaw coat, scarf and Brora fingerless gloves. And that’s just for when I’m inside. For walks along the beach I’ve been known to wear two coats – they admittedly make me look the size of a house but at least I’m warm.
The other essentials are black woolly tights from Marks & Spencer – bought in bulk and worn virtually every day between November and March. I occasionally go mad and wear navy or grey, but that’s as exciting as it gets.
So it came as a bit of a shock to discover that fashionistas are made of much sterner stuff. In fact they’re ditching tights altogether during the winter months and going barelegged.
Their bare legs don’t look like the rest of ours though. Thanks to all year round fake tans their limbs are bronzed, toned and sleek – not grey, baggy and mottled. One beauty company has seen a 102 per cent increase in the number of self tans booked since September while sales of Boots self-tanning products were up by a third last week.
The barelegged trend reminds me a bit of teenagers who insist on going out at this time of year in T-shirts, crop tops and strapless dresses. Just thinking about it makes me shiver but they completely deny that they’re freezing.
“I’m not cold at all,” they insist, ignoring the fact that their teeth are chattering and their lips have turned blue.