When planning your winter wardrobe, keep one thing in mind. Winter is the wettest season in the year, so you will need to ensure that your outfits can cope with sudden bursts of rain, which are very common here in the UK. Helen Beaumont explains how to dress stylishly in wet weather.
Master the art of layering, to ensure you are ready for wet weather. Items like scarves, knitwear and even leather jackets can be layered really easily, keeping you warm and dry while helping you stay stylish. Knitwear is bang-on-trend at the moment, so you can never go wrong with a chic knitted piece.
You need a waterproof, yet fashionable outlet layer, to ensure you can ward off the rain. You may want to go for a trench coat. These pieces are long enough to cover your entire outfit, while being waterproof enough to keep you mostly dry. If you select the right trench coat, it’ll match whatever you wear, with these pieces even adding a sophisticated touch to casual outfits, like t-shirts and jeans.
The footwear you choose on a rainy day is very important, as you need to keep your feet dry. Avoid anything which exposes your feet, like open toed sandals or flimsy flats like the plague, otherwise your feet will soon get wet. Also refrain from wearing sky-high heels, as you need to keep your footing when walking on slippery paths. But Stylish faux-leather black boots are perfect for rainy weather.
You may be tempted to incorporate a hot new fashion trend into your rainy day outfit. You should be really careful here, as a lot of fashion fads are just impractical. Let’s look at the latest styles from London Fashion Week, for example. Something like the silk languid dresses displayed at the Roksanda show just wouldn’t work here, as the material is too flimsy. However, the distressed denim trend showcased by brands like Versus would be perfect, as these pieces are stylish yet sturdy.
Work bright colours
Dully, rainy weather can make you feel down. You may want to lift your mood when the rain descends, by throwing a dash of vivid colour into your outfit. Anything from electric blue to neon pink would do the trick. Remember to be subtle though, as too much bright colour can throw your whole look off.
Have some fun
It’s important to remember that every day brings a new opportunity for fashion. Instead of seeing wet weather as prohibitive, look at it as a chance to break out your finest rainy fashion, such as sleek trench coats and slick black faux-leather boots. There is one golden rule that you should follow here. Be creative when developing your wet weather wardrobe, so you have a lot of fun outfits to wear!
About Helen Beaumont
Helen Beaumont’s career started at Camberwell College of Art, where she studied the History of Art and Design, specialising in costume during her final year. After completing study, Helen became a costume buyer for theatre and opera. She has since become a professional costume designer, with a keen interest in period clothing. Throughout her career, Helen has created authentic costumes for prestigious companies such as the Universal Studios, Disney, BBC, Tiger Aspect and the Young Vic Theatre.