Picture the scene: You are on your way to work. Wind is almost pushing you over, the wet ground is making your feet soggy, and the humidity is getting your hair in a frizz. Not a good look. But what on earth should you wear to work when the weather is doing everything at once?
Avoid the humidity, but stay protected from the raging elements en route to the office with these five chic ideas.
1. Boots made for walking
A small block heel, or flat boots, are all you will want to wear right now. Slippery conditions and stilettos spell disaster. Shoeaholics is bargain-central. Kurt Geiger, ASH and Nine West also provide great discounts. These black Faceit boots, £39, from Nine West at Shoeaholics are a bargain, and most importantly, are smart enough for the office.
2. Layer it up
Sweating under a thick jumper is the last thing you want to be doing. But layering is easier said than done. Anyone who has tried layering a t-shirt under a shirt under a jumper will know the struggle. Bunching, bulk and the dreaded wonky collar are all symptoms. To nail this look you will need very thin layers. This Topshop simple tee, £14, is light and breathable – ideal for humid conditions and will make the perfect under-layer. Add a shirt or a blouse over the top and then, if you still want to be more covered-up, throw a thin jumper over the top. Look in the mirror though, skewed layering will leave you looking like you got dressed in the dark! Nobody wants that.
3. Lighten things up
A lightweight jacket will be your new best friend, trust us. It’s not coat weather just yet, but it’s not bare shoulder weather anymore either. Cue a breezy, throw-over-anything, wardrobe staple. This gorgeous burgundy trench from Zara is a steal at just £49.99, and you really will be able to wear it with everything.
4. Keep things simple
As the weather changes on a daily basis, building a capsule wardrobe in a neutral colour palette will be your saviour. If you are going to be throwing on an extra layer you will need it to go with the rest of the look. Keep things simple and if you do want a bit of pattern or print in there, sticking to trusty nautical stripes is always a winner. This jumper from Mango, £14.99, is a truly classic item that you will love for seasons to come.
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5. Hats off to the fedora
The humble fedora. It has served many a cowboy well, and now it will serve you too. Whistles, Topshop, ASOS – there are many places you can buy yours. We love this one from Reiss, £60, which comes in four colour ways. Not only will it go with your work wardrobe,but it will add an extra dimension to any outfit. It will also keep you covered in any sudden shower that may strike you on your commute. No umbrella required.