Cuffing season is real, and it's here - so try our autumn dating survival guide!
First things first: what is cuffing season?
Along with words like 'ghosting', 'cushioning', and 'breadcrumbing', 'cuffing season' is one of a hot new breed of dating terms that started as slang but are quickly becoming standard - you can find references to cuffing season on Twitter, in Vogue,2 even in the likes of The Guardian3. As dating lingo popularity goes, cuffing season's star is on the rise. But what is exactly is it?
Unlike many of the other modern dating terms (looking at you, cushioning), cuffing season can actually have quite a sweet definition. It refers to that time of year around October-November when the winds turn chilly, the leaves change colour, the air starts to smell a little like wood smoke – and singles' fancies strongly turn to thoughts of love.
The theory goes that, while the happy-go-lucky summer months are built for fun, the severe colder months are better with a steady partner (aka someone you're 'cuffed' to) by your side. Of course, if you want to be cuffed in time for winter, you really have to start looking in autumn. So, as the first frosts appear and everything becomes pumpkin-spice-flavoured, cuffing season begins.
Does cuffing season really exist?
Cuffing season's existence seems plausible: who wouldn't want to brighten cold-weather dreariness with the glow of love? But is it really something that has a life outside of Twitter hashtags? According to our latest survey of 1500 members, the answer is a categorical yes!
In fact, 70% of those surveyed said they think people are most inclined to look for a serious relationship in the colder months. Getting more specific, 38% said that they're personally more motivated to look for love in the autumn - making it a more popular season to seek romance than spring (32%), summer (17%), and winter (13%).
Further cementing autumn's amorous status, nearly half of people - 46% - say that autumn is the most romantic season of them all. That's more than double the percentage of any other season (21% choose spring, 19% champion summer, and 14% opt for winter). That also means a huge 60% of those surveyed find the cooler months more romantic than the warmer ones.
Finally, the top three words respondents used to describe autumn were 'romantic', 'cuddly,' and 'relaxing.' It seems that, for most, autumn is truly the season of love. Let cuffing season commence!
The cuffing season survival guide
With cuffing season right around the corner, and with our survey revealing that the majority of singles think the coming months are the ideal time to look for love, there's no time like the present to get dating. But what's the best way to make the most of dating in the autumn? We've put together a handy cuffing season survival guide to help you find the perfect autumn outfit, the perfect autumn date idea and, hopefully, the perfect not-just-for-autumn partner!
1. Cute autumn outfits for women (and men!)
First up: the cute autumn outfit. For those who've spent the summer dreaming of thick socks and cosy sweaters, the moment when you can put away the flip-flops and dig out the winter boots is a magical one. But is such an outfit date appropriate?
Thankfully for autumn fanatics, the answer is yes! From adorable beanies to flattering flannels, here are the cute autumn outfits that make British singles swoon:
Over a third of British singles (32%) say that the most attractive autumn date outfit for women is a long sleeved dress with thick tights. Warmth is also attractive: 20% would favour a tailored coat while 19% would opt for a cosy jumper. Very close behind is a warm scarf (12%), while those after a truly cute autumn outfit should round it off with a bobble hat (7%).
Men wanting to impress should base their autumn outfit around a really great coat or jacket: 41% of singles say this is the single most attractive item of autumn clothing a man can wear. Next up is a cosy jumper, a hot favourite of 22% of singles. Men should complete the look with a warm scarf (the #1 choice of 10%), a plaid shirt (6%), and a pair of winter boots (6%).
2. The five best autumn date ideas
Now you have the cute autumn outfit all planned, where are you going to go? Picking a great activity is essential, so our survey asked people to choose their three favourite romantic things to do when it's cold and in the process revealed the UK’s top five autumn date ideas: