There is only one thing you can guarantee when it comes to the British weather and that is – it will change, a lot! Despite that, it is easy to focus solely on styles that we wear when the sun shines when planning our wardrobes. How often do we say “Oh, I must buy a nice outfit for the rain?” Never, but let’s face it, you know you will need outfits for all weathers.
With more of us than ever staying or holidaying in the UK this year it’s worth having a few all weather items that will lift your mood above the grey clouds. They need to be stylish, versatile and work just as well in the sun as the rain.
Here are a few items that will do just that:-
Lockdown has taken hoodies and sweatshirts to a whole new level. Many designers are getting in on the act too as the new season Givenchy style is a snip at a little over £500! If you are looking for a style that is sustainable and comfortable to wear this super soft organic cotton sweatshirt is ideal. Ninety Percent – £80
I’ve avoided jeans and joggers here as most of you will already be more than familiar with them. The relaxed fit and lightweight fabric of this style means they’ll be great to wear when the weather is hot. A dark shade ensures that rain splashes are invisible. & Other Stories – £65
No summer wardrobe is complete without a ‘go-to’ t-shirt. It’s the style that you’ll reach for again and again. If you have a lot of print pieces in your wardrobe, choose a plain shade as this will help you build outfits. If you own a lot of plain pieces choose a slogan t-shirt to dress these up, like the one here. Ganni – £75
Leather trainers are the perfect all weather shoes and the good news is there are lots of lovely styles around. You’ll still need wellies for muddy walks and flip flops for the sand but trainers are the style you can wear for everything else. Ensure you choose a leather not a canvas pair though as the latter won’t wear well when you are caught in a shower! Axel Arigato – £160
A kaften dress
An easy-to-wear floaty summer dress works just as well with trainers as it does with sandals. It’s the style to wear when you want to dress up a notch, even if you are only popping to Sainsburys! If bold prints aren’t for you then opt for a low key plain version. H&M – £34.99
It’s hard not to look stylish in a jumpsuit. This one has a lovely open back that will keep you cool in the heat. It will also look great when the weather with cooler with a blouse or t-shirt underneath. COS – £89
If things are getting all too tough just block out the rest of the world in a pair of glamorous shades! I do have my eye on the stunning Tom Ford ones but there are lots of great styles around on the high street too. Zara – £29.99
Sally Smy is a personal stylist and founder of Queen Bee Styling. Prior to setting up her business ten years ago, Sally had a successful 18 year career in fashion buying working for leading high street retailers. She now specialises in helping women feel confident in how they dress whatever their body shape, budget or lifestyle.
Sally is recommended on The Parenting and Professional panel of experts as well as being a partner of Capability Jane with whom she presents a regular webinar. Sally contributed to the newly released book ‘A New Way for Mothers’ by Louise Webster from Beyond The School Run.
She also runs workshops, speaks at many women’s networks, most recently created the popular online course ‘Halve your wardrobe and double your outfits.
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