I don’t know about you, but I’ve given up on my summer wardrobe, even the sales aren’t getting me excited anymore! The only fashion thoughts I seem to have lately is how do I dress practically without sacrificing style? I don’t want to fall into the trap of dressing like the weather; dull, grey, black and generally drab! Before you know it, it’ll be winter and the shops will be stocking their usual autumnal colours anyway, saving the brighter colours for next year. It seems particularly hard to find inspiration when I’m getting ready for work in the morning too and all i can see out of my window is grey!. The only bonus is I’m not rummaging through the sales for hours having to find a true bargain, it seems even the shops are giving up on summer and placing unsold items in the sales which aren’t selling in the weather we are having! It’s even worse when it’s warm and wet, and you want to keep try but not pull on the winter coat just yet!
So how do you combine practicality and style in the rain? It can definitely be tough as there are a lot of things to consider. From what sort of material you can wear (suede shoes are a no-go) to wearing fabrics that can help you keep cool but dry and how to keep colour inspiration in your wardrobe, it can be too easy to just put on the winter colours when feeling glum getting ready in the morning. Here are a few key factors than ensure you can keep the wardrobe summary whilst ensuring we are prepared for those summer showers.
You probably see the rain and just grab an umbrella and think of it as nothing more than something to keep you dry. But seen as an accessory, umbrellas can be a great way to accessorise your outerwear. Quirky anything exists these days, and umbrellas aren’t excluded.
If it’s one of those sudden heavy downpours where you need to get the brolly up a.sap when you’re carrying something, like the quirky things, or just a bit of an attention seeker, this umbrella is both practical and original.
For the more sophisticated gentleman, Londonundercover.c o.uk offer a range of animal head designs. From dogs to rabbits to birds, these tartan print umbrellas are a bit of an indulgence at around £160.00 each and represent classic British style, in classic British weather. But if you think how many times you use your umbrella, the costs work out as quite reasonable!
Add a splash of colour
A difficult dilemma is when you want a jacket but its not cold enough to wear one. In this instance, it’s good to invest in a breathable jacket. These can come with hoods too, and don’t have to look like you’re about to go on a hike.
This Penfield Gibson jacket is part of the new Penfield Gibson summer range. Breathable and waterproof, this is a trendy bargain and practical for the summer downpours. At as reasonable £85.49, this unique cotton – polyester blend also has a a draw string hood, adding a trendy touch to this jacket.
If you’re using an umbrella, a waterproof jacket may not be as essential. A trench coat is always a trendy way to wear a lightweight jacket in the rain too. There is something about a trench that represents summer.
Although it may be hard to find a trench in stores at the moment, the autumn and winter seasons will unfortunately, be upon us, and there is always online shopping which mean trench coats are still able to be bought.
So even though the weathers dull and drab, this shouldn’t reflect your wardrobe. It can be too easy to not make an effort when you look out of the window, but if you just remind yourself it is summer, try and spruce up your wardrobe and make yourself happier by wearing a happier wardrobe!