Yes, The Weather’s Confusing – But Getting Dressed Doesn’t Need To Be

There’s no need to let bad weather dampen your sartorial spirits.

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by Words: Laura Antonia Jordan Shopping: Charlotte Pavitt |

Come rain or shine, it is the British prerogative to complain about the weather. A lot. Just last week we were ‘too hot’, now it’s become ‘too wet’, with a side serving of snow, and we intend on talking to everyone we encounter about it. Yep, everyone.

Just as we thought it was finally time to put our coats and boots away for spring, the weather changes - which poses something of a dilemma when it comes to getting dressed. Heat waves are at least relatively easy to navigate on the fashion front – dress, sandals, sunglasses, done – but rain, snow, wind and so on, require a little more planning.

Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes at NYFW ©Getty

But there’s no need to let this rain on your parade. The weather at New York Fashion Week in February was similarly confusing but guests styled it out. Look at Katie Holmes who made a midi dress and sandals at the Tory Burch show weather appropriate by adding tights and an oversized, mannish coat. The bonus? It looked super chic too.

Those floaty dresses you were wafting around in last week? They still get the go-ahead, just wear them under a lightweight, waterproof layer and team them with chunky ankle boots (or, even better, cut-off wellies).

Getting a brolly out now feels like an admission of defeat. So don’t. Instead embrace the joys of a wide-brimmed rain hat. Ever the pragmatists (and no, that is not a polite way of saying ‘boring’, quite the opposite), the Danes do excellent versions. We love Rains’ Boonie style as it has neck ties so there’s no need to worry about it taking off in the wind.

Crocs are still going strong. Unapologetically functional, they're also waterproof, so a win in a washout. See they’re not as terrifying as their namesakes after all.

Still can’t muster the enthusiasm to brave the bad weather? Well, you could always just stay in – although we have a feeling you might be bored of that by now.


Dressing for Summer Storms

rain bad weather fashion  Barbour by Alexa Chung, Hilda Quilted Jacket, £299
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rain bad weather fashion Reebok x Maison Margiela, Club C Memory Of Shoes, £280
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rain bad weather fashion  Rains, Boonie hat, £29
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rain bad weather fashion  Weekday, Maurice Bike Shorts, £18
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rain bad weather fashion  Mango, Contrast-sole ankle boots, £49.99
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rain bad weather fashion  New Look, Green Gingham 3/4 Puff Sleeve Tiered Midi Dress, £25.99
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rain bad weather fashion H&M, Detachable Sleeve Jacket, £59.99
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rain bad weather fashion House Of Sunny, Swan Lake sleeveless knitted jumper, £95
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rain bad weather fashion Ganni, Oversized Seersucker Mini Dress, £215
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rain bad weather fashion Arket, Cotton Linen Coat, £150
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rain bad weather fashion & Other Stories, Buttoned Linen Waistcoat, £55
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rain bad weather fashion & Other Stories, High Waist Linen Trousers, £85
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rain bad weather fashion  Crocs, Specialist Vent Clog, £39.99
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rain bad weather fashion Monki, Long mole sleeveless dress, £25
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rain bad weather fashion Bershka, Drawstring cargo sarouel trousers, £35.99
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rain bad weather fashion COS, Striped Cashmere Jumper, £190
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Mackage, E3-Lite down poncho with hood, £750
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Hunter, Women's Original Short Wellington Boots, £105
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READ MORE: It's About To Get Pretty Wet Out There: Shop The Best Fashion Wellies To Ease You Through The Rain

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