Mother Nature, like many women, is indecisive. I bet she has a problem picking out a pair of shoes in the morning, or deciding whether to go for chocolate fudge cake or ice cream (really, there is no decision. Both, always both) for dessert. Right now her flighty nature is giving stylish gals everywhere a haute couture headache – what do I wear for weather like this?!
Today’s Wardrobe Wondering answers exactly that. As May (usually the month of flowers, ribbons and open toe shoes) blunders through rain, wind, hail, flash flooding and inexplicable cold snaps, even Kirstie Allsopp is asking what to wear. So when I was asked by a fashionista in need, I knew it was time to tackle Mother Nature head on.
If, like me, you have a wardrobe bursting with slinky spring/summer things, you’ll be desperate to slip them on and strut your stuff. But with the threat of gale force winds just around the corner, is that floral sun dress really wise? Well, don’t despair dear followers – here are a few handy ways you can work spring/summer fashion without suffering frostbite…
- Layering – it’s the answer to everything! Long sleeved tees are your friends from now own. Choose cotton styles in a range of colours and patterns (I love stripes with florals) to wear under dresses and playsuits. Primark and Gap are especially good for price and quality respectively.
- Tights – an obvious one, maybe, but there’s a method to choosing the right tights for this time of year. Save deep jewel tones for when it actually is winter, and go for light pastel shades or classic black. I love baby pink, sky blue and hyacinth. Look out for sheer patterned styles too.
- A blazer or trench coat – it’s all too tempting to swaddle yourself in floor length faux fur and a balaclava, but that would look ridiculous. Go for a nifty blazer in a light shade (I love grey) or a classic cream trench.
- A cotton scarf – something lightweight and floral is perfect for keeping the wind off your neck and adds a dash of detail to a simple outfit. Knits are a no no for now – they’ll make you sweat if the sun comes out when you’re running for the bus!
- Short boots – when it’s raining like nobody’s business, ballerina flats and gladiator sandals just won’t cut it, no matter how cute they are. Rather than reach for your faithful black knee highs (or your wellies), choose a short boot in a light colour for stomping through puddles in style.
- Accessories – the easiest way to inject a slither of summer into an outfit is with seasonally-appropriate accessories. Pastel printed shoppers, dainty jewellery, floral corsages and leather belts will have you looking like you’re heading to St Tropez in no time.
So there we have it, my friends. Everything you need to hang on to your style status and your dignity (there’s nothing less fashionable than borrowing your dad’s pac-a-mac because you got caught in the rain in a strapless playsuit) through this changeable weather. What do you think? Any tips of your own to add? Do let me know!
If you’d like to take part in Wardrobe Wonderings, ask me a question here and I might choose it for next week’s post!