It's that time of year again (and no, I'm not talking about PSL season, you basics...although that's important in its own right).
Cuffing Season is upon us.
For those of you unfamiliar with the term, "cuffing" is a phenomenon categorized by the desire to be tied down by a serious relationship or "cuffed" as the weather gets colder, because let's face it, no one wants to be alone when its colder than Mars outside.
Perhaps your feet are sore from your summer of King St high-heeled rampages, or maybe your F*ckboy lifestyle is just not as fulfilling as it used to be, but whatever the reason you're just ready to settle down...at least until next summer.
So what are some tell tale signs that cuffing season has hit the city.
1. School is back in session.
The fact of the matter is, once school comes around, cuffing is inevitable. While some may think a relationship is time consuming, looking for one is even more exhausting. Who has time to scope out Wildflower for the flavour of the week when midterms are so soon! Wouldn't you much rather lock down a Robart's study buddy and get an A with your bae?
2. Thanksgiving is just around the corner.
We've all heard of the turkey dump, but why be alone during this holiday? First off, Thanksgiving marks the official death of your Cabana summer bod, aka better seal the deal with someone before then. Second, if you play your cards right, maybe your "cuffing buddy" might even invite you to their Thanksgiving dinner. Nothing says love like mashed potatoes...Mmmm.
3. Speaking of the holidays, Christmas isn't too far off either.
Because who wants to go to the Distillery Christmas Market with their mom? Christmas/Winter holidays are the absolute best time to be in full on cuffing mode. The sooner you get a boo thang, the better your gift will be come the holidays.
4. All your favourite TV shows are returning.
You think its a coincidence that Netflix just released Narcos? Hell no. They literally have a team that was like "Guys, cuffing season is coming. We gotta release some good stuff because Netflix and Chill is about to get real." So get some take out from Koh San Road, and prepare to hibernate with your seasonal love while watching all the new fall premiers (including the new season of the Mindy Project. Yay!)
5. Leggings become a staple clothing piece.
Leggings are a fall favourite for a number of reasons and are a sure signifier that cuffing season is in session. Whether intentionally or not, leggings are a pretty sexy piece of clothing and it's next to impossible to resist getting cuffed by a girl who rocks a pair of lulus like it's nobody's business. Netflix + Chill should actually be renamed Netflix + Chill + Leggings.
6. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back.
Some of you might be wondering how this self-proclaimed basic drink has anything to do with cuffing season, so let us tell you: pumpkin seeds are actually an aphrodisiac aka pumpkins are an aphrodisiac aka PSL are an aphrodisiac! Well played Starbucks.
7. Couples all over Trinity Bellwoods, Queen's Park...
...and basically anywhere else you can gaze at the amazing foliage of a Toronto autumn. We're not really sure what it is, but something about leaves changing colours is so damn romantic. Tbh it definitely has something to do with the movie poster of when Harry Met Sally.
8. The weather is cooling down.
As previously mentioned, this is the dead give away that cuffing season is approaching. Toronto gets COLD, like real cold. So why wouldn't you want someone there to warm you up?
Whatever your reason for wanting a boo this fall, we bid you all a happy cuffing season!