What to wear off

The women attending hung their coats over the back of the leather couch. Its owner had asked them to do so, there wasn't any designated furniture for coats in her atelier.

Immediately, the coats revealed the season. Three shiny rain coats, two matte woollen overcoats, one light jacket and two puffy ones.

It is October, yet each of these women takes it differently. The optimists leave the house underdressed, the pragmatists bring a raincoat just-in-case and the inner Mediterraneans rehearse for winter.

In fall, I prefer to draw up the balance. Weigh summer's harvest against the need to shed off some layers before entering a new year.

All this, so I can put on my winter coat as naked as possible.