Cuffing season is real, and it's here - so try our fall 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 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 color, 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 fall. 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 fall – making it a more popular season to seek romance than spring (32%), summer (17%), and winter (13%).
Further cementing fall's amorous status, nearly half of people - 46% - say that fall 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 fall were 'romantic', 'cuddly,' and 'relaxing.' It seems that, for most, fall is truly the season of love. Let cuffing season commence!
The cuffing season survival guide
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 cuffing season to get dating. But what's the best way to make the most of dating in the fall? We've put together a handy cuffing season survival guide to help you find the perfect fall outfit, the perfect fall date idea, the perfect cozy fall night in and, hopefully, the perfect not-just-for-fall partner!
1. Cute fall outfits for women (and men!)
First up: the cute fall outfit. For those who spend the summer dreaming of thick socks and cozy 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 fall fanatics, the answer is yes! From adorable dresses to flattering flannels, here are the cute fall outfits that make American singles swoon:
More than a third of American singles (32%) say that the most attractive fall date outfit for women is a cute dress with thick tights. Warmth is also attractive: 15% would favor a cozy sweater while 16% would opt for a tailored coat. Very close behind is a flannel shirt (13%), while those after a truly cute fall outfit should round it off with a warm scarf (8%).
Men wanting to impress should base their fall outfit around a really great coat or jacket: 40% of singles say this is the single most attractive item of fall clothing a man can wear. Next up is a flannel shirt, a hot favorite of 20% of singles. Men should complete the look with a cozy sweater (the #1 choice of 19%), and a warm scarf (9%).
2. The five best fall date ideas
Now you have the cute fall outfit all planned, where are you going to go? Picking a great activity is essential, so our survey asked people to choose their three favorite romantic things to do when it's cold and in the process revealed America's top five fall date ideas: