If you live in the UK, you’ll know that a British summer doesn’t exactly mean sunshine and blue skies. In fact, it seems there are more dull and grey days than bright and warm ones – how depressing.
I often find myself reaching for a jacket before leaving the house, just in case the clouds thunder in.
But just because the weather isn’t all that fab, it doesn’t mean you can’t look bright, fresh and stylish!
Turn your umbrella into an accessory rather than hide behind it, or dress in chic layers to cater for all temperatures.
As a born-and-raised English woman, here are my top tips for surviving in the rain.
No, it’s not just hideous trekking rucksacks that are convenient in the rain – they can be pretty, too!
Make sure you get one with a zip that fastens at the top to provide that extra barrier.
Perhaps go for a bright design with patterns to liven up the dark day; these Cath Kidston ones give you spring flowers all year round.
Of course, footwear is pretty essential if you think you’re going to hit the rain clouds when you’re out and about.
You don’t want to end up with wet toes; nothing’s worse than a soggy sock!
It may seem obvious, but planning ahead is key.
Try some leather or faux leather ankle boots – they go with most outfits and, if you get some in a neutral colour, they can be easily matched with all sorts of outfits.
Pop of Colour
As I’ve said, just because the sky is drab, doesn’t mean you have to dress that way.
Be adventurous – bring out that multi-coloured-polka-dot jacket and flaunt it!
The way we dress can have a big impact on our mood, so cheer yourself (and others) up by adding a pop of colour to your look.
It doesn’t have to be mad – perhaps try a pink or orange scarf?
Those glasses are great too – they’re not too bold so that they don’t distract away from the colour.
If you want to try this out for yourself, start with these frames:
Talking of scarves, layering up is essential for a day out in England.
One minute it’s cold, the next it’s warm(ish) again.
It’s really handy to be able to pull on a cardigan when the wind picks up.
Choose one neutral colour – for example, grey – and build around it.
You could opt for a grey t-shirt and dark jeans, then throw on a cardigan, jacket and scarf all in varying shades.
Add in as many accessories as you like.
Or, if scarves really aren’t your thing, you could go for a roll-neck top or jumper, layering that up with a jacket.
With every cloud, there’s a silver lining; don’t shy away from wearing a dress with jeans!
It was a spring trend this year so why not give it a go?
I’d suggest sticking to loose fitting, casual dresses over skinny jeans as to not feel too bottom-heavy.
It avoids getting cold legs, that’s for sure.
Here, Elle have styled their look with blue, loose fitting jeans – if you wanted more of a bohemian style.
There has been an undeniable trend of dresses over trousers which we have seen everywhere from the red carpet (see Emma Stone in Chanel at the La La Land premiere) to the heavyweights on the street style circuit. Follow the link in our bio for inspiration from #TeamELLE (Fashion Intern @lilaflintroberts seen here) to nail this tricky trend. Swipe for more and tap for credits. (📷: @vickiphoto) #whatELLEwears #streetstyle
Well, without an umbrella, you’re pretty much scuppered.
Say goodbye to your make-up or blow-dried hair.
But, if you do remember to take it with you, opt for something bright and pretty rather than fade into the background.
Floral designs such as the one below are perfect if you want to incorporate them into the rest of your look.
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