It’s as though the universe is working on a timer. The 1st of December rolls around, and suddenly it’s High Summer. It’s as though a switch is thrown, and people shift their attitudes and their lifestyles. The swimmers come out, it becomes socially acceptable to subsist off acai bowls, ice cream and smoothies, and everyone heads for a location where you can maximise the weather opportunities.
Be it the beach, a pool or somewhere wide open and green, we humans seem to be genetically programmed to pick up and head out in search of sun, shade and water in equal measures. Staying indoors would potentially be more comfortable, but whoever rocked a tan from their couch? This adventuring often involves car trips where you rediscover your love of those classic road-trip anthems like “Summer of ‘69”, “Walking On Sunshine” and “Here Comes The Sun”. Suddenly you’re winding down the car windows even though you swore you’d never do that again, EVER, and the boot is packed with all those things that see the light of day for 3 months of the year: bright, overlarge towels and beach umbrellas, Frisbees and inflatable animals.
Once you get to your location, scouting for the perfect picnic/sunbathing/dozing-with-your-hat-over-your-eyes spot becomes a moral imperative. Is there enough shade? An appropriate place to rig up your hammock? What’s the proximity to the water? Will the cute boy in the red board shorts have a clear view of you from where he’s playing soccer with his friends? Are there enough people around for you to really annoy while you blast that carefully crafted summer playlist from your portable speakers?
It’s suddenly in vogue to eat pineapple and watermelon, and don’t get me started on the stratospheric heights your coolness hits if you can get your hands on a whole coconut to sip on. Fish and chips wrapped in butcher’s paper as the sun sets… does it honestly get any better? And think about the ludicrous amount of slurpees that 7/11 must go through.
We don’t need a reason or explanation for any of this. It’s summer. It’s just what you do.
Summer is full of well-loved clichés, like sunglasses, seashells, starfish, palm trees, shades of blue and tropical fish. They are all combined in PANDORA’s new High Summer collection to remind you of warm weather, long days, almost romances and the promise of happy memories.