Navigating your sartorial choices during a British summer that predictably is seems to be dominated by downpours can be a tricky process. But don't worry. Here are four steps to weatherproof your work wardrobe:
In temperamental weather, the art of layering is key. Cashmere wraps, thin knit jumpers, and funnel neck tops are all sartorial friends in the battle against temperamental spring weather.
The trick is to ensure you aren’t overloaded with bulk. A tabard knit over a cotton shirt is a modern office look, or adding a long sleeved t-shirt under your summer dress will make it work now.
Your spring bag is too small for your foldaway umbrella, and a large umbrella is too cumbersome to carry around all day. Solution? Don a hat. Maison Michel and & Other Stories offerings are best. The former even makes shower proof versions of their best-selling felt trilbies.
If a wide peak isn’t your thing, go for a wool beret or a baker boy style. All smart enough for work whilst keeping your head dry in case of late-April showers. Bonus.
Don't ditch the coat
A waxed trench or jacket is an instantly chic work choice, but go for a style that will work over layers.
A classic from Burberry is a safe bet, but French Connection and Topshop offer great alternatives. (N.B The trench will see you through until autumn, where we saw the heritage style emerge in countless designer’s collections).
Clockwise from top left: Trench coat, £1,195, Burberry London at Net-a-Porter; Cotton trench-coat, £180, French Connection; Water-repellent cotton trench, £610, Lemaire at MATCHESFASHION.COM; Trench coat, £175, Whistles; Black trench coat, £745, Joseph; Hooded-trench coat, £355, Isabel Marant Étoile at Avenue 32
Avoid open toe shoes. It may be tempting as temperatures rise, but soggy soles guarantee it’s not worth it until summer. Block heeled pumps and ankle boots in patent leather are a safe bet.
Ballet flats or any thin soled shoes are the worst offenders in the rain. Keep soles relatively thick, and wear thin knit socks instead of tights when it’s warm.