We knew British summer was dodgy, but we were in a heatwave 7 days ago, and today it’s all gloom and doom, grey skies, rain and winds. OK, it’s pretty bleak, but that doesn’t mean we need to revert back to our cardigans and ankle boots until the weather warms back up later next week.
In fact, there are only 7 pieces you need to reintroduce or restyle to see you through in style.
A trench coat
Why it works: A lightweight cover-up is a must over the next week or so, and the trench is arguably the only style that works for the office right through to errands on the weekend. This one’s nearly half price in the sale too, so act fast.
A sweater vest
These might give off grandad-vibes, but that’s sort of the point – the knitted vest is equal parts classic and modern, particularly if you go for a slouchy fit and minimal shape.
Why it works: No one wants to be dragging out their knitwear when we’re nearly in July, so hopefully this feels like a good balance: the light knit vest means you can show off a summery top but adds a (sadly) much-needed cosy layer.
I know chunky dad sandals have been wedded to our feet these past few weeks, but they just aren’t going to cut it for now. Loafers work for every day scenario, from work to brunch, and add a smart feel to every outfit.
Why it works: They offer vital foot coverage but without feeling cumbersome, so they’re the ideal in-between for ankle boots and sliders. Use them to elevate your chinos for work.
A white shirt
Having bare arms isn’t quite an option for the next few days, so a white shirt with lightweight sleeves is the way to go.
Why it works: Specifically, a white cotton shirt, works with everything, from the chinos to blue jeans, more on both of those later. Since we’re being specific here, a loose, longer length fit is always more stylish than a super fitted shirt.
Keep it untucked over trousers, (or even leggings for off-duty), and layer it up with a cardigan and trench for cooler days. And if it gets unexpectedly warm, simply roll up the sleeves.
Classic chinos dry quickly (winner, when the downpours are sporadic) and keep you cool if the weather warms up.
Why it works: They also tick the office box, which is always tricky to stick to in the summer when all you want to wear is a floaty dress. Make sure you pair them with smarter separates (like a white shirt and loafers), and you’ll be good to go.
I don’t expect you to pack away all the summer dresses you’ve been excited about wearing, but there are a few ways you can make them wet weather-friendly.
Why it works: This cotton midi is summery in print, but it’s weighty IRL so it won’t blow up in any unexpected gusts. Throw on a knitted vest for extra warmth and wear with trainers or loafers, which are summer-appropriate without being too exposed to puddles. Always have a pair of sunnies to hand that you can whip out = instant heatwave vibes.
Not just any blue jeans, though. Unless you’ve been caught in the rain in a pair, you won’t know just how rubbish it is sitting in a heavy, sopping wet pair waiting 79 hours for them to dry. They’re such a staple though, that it’s hard to avoid wearing them completely, but I’ve got some top tips.
Why it works: Go for a wide-cut pair (so they won’t stick to your skin if they do get wet), and with a cropped length to avoid dipping in puddles and any pavement splashes. I’d recommend a darker wash, too, just so they don’t go a completely new shade if they do get wet.