Ah, the Great British Summer. You wake up to glorious sunshine but before you can say sandals, the heavens have opened and it’s pouring down. And we don’t know about you, but this changeable weather presents us with a tricky sartorial situation. Seriously, we’re having to set our alarms a good half an hour early to plan an outfit that’ll work come rain or shine. Most likely rain.
On that note, we thought it might be useful to put together a capsule wardrobe of shower-proof high street hits to make getting dressed in the morning a little easier. You’re welcome.
First up, the coat. It’s too warm for anything heavy, but you need the coverage to protect your perfectly planned outfit. #mystruggle. This is where a rain mac or trench comes in. And no, we’re not talking about the pac-a-mac’s you wore when you were a kid. The humble jacket has had a high fash makeover – blame it on festival season – with everything from bold block colours to iridescent finishes on offer.
Missguided’s shimmery orange number will make you feel like a mermaid, and that’s as good a reason as any to buy it if you ask us. For something subtler and with a bit more coverage – perfect for protecting your midi dresses – ASOS’ navy drawstring mac is the perfect option.
Obviously, you can’t beat a classic trench coat either, and Topshop has come up trumps with a trench/hoodie hybrid that’ll be a savior on those days you forget your umbrella.
Speaking of which, waterproof pro’s Rains do a mean line in showerproof bucket hats. Well, the 90s is having a moment after all.
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One thing you definitely don’t want to wear in the rain is jeans. Wet denim is not the one, so a long dress that’ll cover your legs and also dry out easily is a must-have. This pretty floral number has just landed at Zara, and the black base colour means it’ll work right through to next season too.
Soggy feet are no fun either, but we firmly believe actual willies belong on the festival field – or farm. Instead, try Glamorous’ welly style patent Chelsea boots. We love the burgundy, but they come in navy and black too.
As well as the rain to contend with, there’s the muggy heat. Anyone who has to travel to work by Tube, we feel your pain. Make a lightweight, quick drying, statement slogan tee the main event of your look. Obviously, no rainy day look would be complete without that quintessential British accessory, the brolly. And if you have to carry one around everywhere, it may as well be leopard print.
Speaking of accessories, getting your expensive leather bag soaked is a big no-no. Fjallraven’s rucksacks helped Swedish children get to school without their belongings getting soaked, making it the perfect place to store your gym kit/laptop/book.
For evenings, switch it up for Lipsy’s neon jelly clutch – the raindrops will just glide off.
Take that, rain!