Whether it’s drizzle or a torrential downpour you’re having to contend with, it makes sense to be prepared before you set foot outside.
When it’s bucketing down outside it’s your outer layer that matters. Go for something lightweight and generously sized so that you can wear, for example, a chunky jumper underneath if it’s chilly. Obvs knee length or longer is best as more of whatever you’re wearing underneath will keep dry.
We’ve said it before and we’ll happily repeat ourselves, a statement mac – for that read classic trench – is a wise investment. Classic navy cotton trench from Mango £69.99 MORE INFO
And why not go bright? No need to match the grey skies with your waterproofs! Lawrence waterproof raincoat by Boden £130 MORE INFO
Annabel wore this fabulous mac when she appeared on This Morning TV earlier this week. It’s made from recycled ocean and household waste by Swedish brand Tretorn and is £85. MORE INFO
Layers are key – it may be raining outside but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s freezing cold – or unseasonably warm.
Dark colours work best when you are contending with puddles. Pastel colours show up the wet patches.
Best to avoid full length trousers in the wet, they’ll soak up the water and leave you with damp hems. Alternatively tuck them into the tops of your ankle boots to avoid any sogginess. Even better, choose lightweight cropped trousers with knee length boots – always a chic look, wet or dry. Skinny jeans or leggings are great in a gale – no flapping hems banging your ankles, they hold their shape and they tend to dry quickly too.
Forget floor/ankle length dresses. A midi with knee length boots will keep you looking great, not waterlogged.
Fabrics – it goes without saying that you will be leaving your suede and faux fur teddy coats hanging on their hooks. Layer lighter breathable fabrics for damp weather style. If chilly, pop on a thermal layer.
Should be chunky leather with a good walking sole. Leather ankle boots with a slight block heel for example. If you’re about to do a muddy dog walk and fancy keeping dry and looking natty, then try Tall Height Wellies £49.95 from Joules. MORE INFO On the street, wipe-clean patent is a great idea – dirty puddles leave dirty marks. Patent Brogue Chelsea Boots from M&S £59 MORE INFO
Something with a brim of course, such as this elegant Camel Ranger Fedora showerproof hat, Showerproof £38.95 from Cotswold Country Hats MORE INFO
Or how about this cute vinyl bucket hat Vinyl £14 from Topshop which is available in four colours. MORE INFO
Protect your hair with a silk scarf if damp weather gives it the frizz.
Or if, like me, you can’t find a single hat that actually suits you AND keeps your hair dry in a downpour, then why not opt for a sturdy umbrella? This one won’t have you flying away when it’s windy and, more importantly, it allows you to see where you are going! MORE INFO
Leave those precious designer handbags in their felt covers and opt for a crossbody bag or backpack that will leave your hands free to hold your umbrella.
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