Was that the wettest August bank holiday on record? If it wasn’t then it certainly felt like it. I actually resorted to jeans and a hooded puffer jacket today and who wants to be wearing that sort of thing on the last day of August? It’s still reasonably warm and everyone knows the sun comes out as soon as the kids go back to school (Thursday for us) so I won’t write summer 2015 off just yet – I have a wedding to go to next weekend and I refuse to think ‘Autumn’ for my outfit when there’s a possibility it could be balmy and dry.
I unearthed an old H&M fifties style mac which is made from see-through plastic and has a very pretty white floral pattern over the top. A similar thing appeared in the shops at the start of the summer and I realised my ‘vintage’ mac would be just as good. As it happens I have had several compliments when wearing it and interestingly all came from male friends so I’m very pleased I kept it, sometimes the funniest things stand the test of time.
It stands to reason that here in the UK we should be good at coats and anoraks and the like, after all we get a lot of use out of such things and unless you’re a hermit or say, Katie Price, who is never seen actually walking anywhere outside, it is an essential item to own. Burberry is pretty darn good at the trench coat and if money was no object then it would probably be most people’s port of call for a classic yet modern style. But this is a piece which is going to be rained on – not rain you get in films which doesn’t smudge make-up or frizz hair up rain – but real cold wet dirty rain which ends up costing you a fortune in dry cleaning when you get caught out in a storm and the mere act of walking down the street leaves greasy splash marks up the back of your outfit.
The answer? Well the answer is to spend less on your rainwear because although the cost per wear justifies spending more on outerwear generally speaking, a trench coat doesn’t cut it for every occasion and the time will come when you’ll either need something warmer or more glam, when an evening look is required. In short, you can flash the cash on the exciting stuff, work to a budget with the mac you’re going to squish down into your bag along with your free newspaper when you leave the office in the evening to find it’s transformed into a mini heatwave since lunchtime.
As the rain splashed down this morning and I debated inwardly whether it made more sense or less to put my five year old son in shorts, I had a good look at what was on offer on the high street for a rainy day. This is just a taster of what is out there. I don’t think I’ve ever sat down and looked for anoraks specifically but now I have and I was pleasantly surprised. You don’t have to look like a trainspotter or a member of Oasis, you don’t even have to resort to Andie MacDowell in the last scene of Four Weddings and a Funeral. Think Audrey Hepburn in Charade or Marlene Dietrich in almost anything and you’re off.
Is it raining? I hadn’t noticed…