The Rated One Star guide to dressing for unpredictable weather

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Stylist’s fashion director Arabella Greenhill lets you in on the best dressing tips for the unpredictable weather…

There is no denying that this summer has been one to remember: we have basked, and likely burned, in temperatures akin to the Mediterranean during heatwave after heatwave.

But like all good things, the elongated summer had to come to an end. 

That means we are in for a bout of classic British unpredictable weather – unbearable humidity, spontaneous downpours of rain the size of golf balls, surprise wind and the occasional burst of sunshine to remind us that it’s summer somewhere.

Whether you’re just trying to nail your work look or planning a weekend of fun, the key to dressing for unpredictable weather is layering. Let these four looks be your guide to mastering the weather and your wardrobe. 

1. The bomber             

The centre point of ‘all-weather appropriate’ dressing is a jacket. 

Try an oversized bomber jacket in a slightly boxy cropped shape. To keep the streetwear feel to this jacket, add a hoodie in contrasting colours and in an equally oversized, boxy shape. 

When it comes to the bottom half, throw in some colour to your look, but be sure to maintain the androgynous feel. Tie the look together with black suede Converse One Stars. 

2. The layered jacket

Doing the double when it comes to jackets has been a popular sight on the street-style circuit for quite some time. 

An easy way to keep warm and look cool, the way to make this look work is by sticking to the same fabrication, but in different colours – making sure the outer jacket feels a lot more oversized than the inner one. 

Avoid looking too ‘mountaineering practical’ by throwing the jacket together with playful dungarees and brightly coloured trainers.  

3. The loose denim

Be bold in your denim take on unpredictable weather. Dark and loose-fitting denim work perfectly for a cool take on the ‘Canadian tuxedo’. 

Pair your denim pieces with a simple white T-shirt, and when the sun does finally decide to make an appearance, wear the jacket on your shoulders for a relaxed take on the all-blue look. 

Your finishing touches are important here: continue along the denim theme with blue suede kicks and get major style points with a bucket hat – you’ll be smug when the rain inevitably pours down.

4. The sweatshirt

Let a sweatshirt be your style hero when it comes to planning your outfits for unpredictable weather. 

Throw this on over a long-sleeved top and when feeling warm, tie the sweatshirt over your shoulders or around your waist. Go for a simple colour but in a retro fit to tap into the season’s Nineties trend. 

If it’s a cooler take on the humble sweatshirt that you’re after, knot your sweatshirt over one shoulder and under one arm. Add a feminine touch to this look via pink trousers and finish off your outfit with neutral coloured trainers – such as these khaki Converse One Stars.

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