Wednesday, 1 April 2015

April Showers:How to Dress for the Rain.

The clocks have gone forward and April begins to see longer days, milder temperatures and the last of the frosts.  Spring makes a gentle appearance and along with the welcome gentle sunshine comes April showers and a requirement for waterproof outerwear

On a grey day, its quite nice to add a little colour or pattern. I always enjoy wearing my striped trench coat, rain or shine. It's vibrant and eye catching and although it doesn't chase the rain away, it does make me feel good.

A trench coat is a raincoat made of waterproof heavy-duty cotton gabardine, drill or even leather. A classic version is double breasted, has wide lapels, raglan sleeves and comes in various lengths ranging from just above the ankle to just above the knee. Once only available in beige, trenches now come in an array of colours and patterns including stripes, polka dots and checks. A trench coat is a versatile option. Smart enough to wear to the office, yet equally wearable with a casual outfit. The only thing it lacks is a hood.

Over 40s blogger What Lizzy Loves wearing navy and white striped trench coat from Laura Ashley with skinny jeans and black ballerina shoes

The parka is a coat with a fur-lined hood that was invented by the Caribou Inuits to protect from freezing Artic temperatures. 
The design has been adapted over the years to reflect different climates and trends. Spring versions still have a hood and drawstrings at the waist but are made from a much lighter weight fabric. They usually finish mid-thigh and have large pockets. 
They too come in a wide range of colours from plain neutrals such as khaki and beige to animal prints. Parkas have become increasingly popular of late after being seen on the festival scene sported by celebrities wearing shorts and wellies.

Boden Spring Parka, £110

Boden Spring Parka £110

Waterproof Parka, Joules, £129

Waterproof parka, Joules £129

A raincoat or mac usually refers to a straight, single breasted design that is waist length. Modern raincoats are often constructed of breathable, waterproof fabrics such as Gore-Tex, coated nylons or oilcloth. Typically, they have a glossy surface from which raindrops roll off. From the traditional and timeless bright yellow and navy to bold polka dots and delicate ditzy florals, the choices are endless. 

Rubber Coated Jacket, available in other colours, Joules £99.95

Rubber Coated Seafarer Mac, Joules £119

Short Rainy Day Mac, Boden £110

A bright umbrella will never go amiss but a rain hat is incredibly useful when it carrying an umbrella is impractical. 

Waterproof Hat, Joules £29.95

And splashing in puddles is surely better than staying indoors...

Love Liz x

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