You know the feeling. You wake up, look out your window and see rain pouring down. Great, easy, you know how to dress for rain. But as you’re on your way to work the clouds clear and all of a sudden the sun is beating down on you, and it feels like it’s the middle of summer again. The weather at this time of year can be annoyingly fickle, which makes getting dressed in the morning quite frustrating. The key is layering and choosing your fabrics carefully. We’ve rounded up some versatile clothing for unpredictable weather, so you don’t get caught out in the rain (or sun) again…
Made from technical fabrics and entirely waterproof, the Hard Shell Jacket by needESSENTIALS is great to have on hand when the skies don’t look so promising. The jacket is a practical piece with heaps of secure pockets to keep all your essentials in, plus handy underarm vents for air flow. It also features a helmet-compatible hood for skiers, bikers and climbers. needESSENTIALS focus is to make the best possible technical products at more accessible prices.
Sporting a signature crepe sole with water repellent properties, the Clarks Desert Boot is a classic. It’s hard to go wrong with this enduring style. Their timeless look is easy to wear with any number of outfits, and they’ll keep your feet well-protected if it suddenly starts raining.
Buy: END Clothing
In the months throughout Autumn and Spring, it can be tricky to pin down the ideal outfit. Even though this t-shirt by Venroy is long sleeve, you won’t be stifling in it due to the lightweight linen material. It’s also great for layering; it works well with heavier stuff worn on top if it’s cold, and looks equally as stellar on its own. With a relaxed fit, it’s sure to become a go-to piece in your wardrobe.
You’re going to want your accessories to be able to handle whatever the weather throws at them too. With water-resistance at the core of the brand, the Backpack by RAINS will have your back when things get stormy. It’s constructed with a polyurethane/polyester outer shell and features a front flap closure. Even the zipper on this backpack is waterproof sealed.
A good quality Oxford shirt is an essential in any wardrobe and can be worn year round in a range of different outfits, regardless of the weather. J.Crew’s Oxford Shirt is made from 100% cotton, the shirt is light but made to last. It’s a super easy option when it comes to layering; wear it with a jumper or jacket on top when it’s cold, wear it on its own if it gets warmer, or roll up the sleeves if it gets too hot. It’ll look great any way.
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When it’s not quite cold but not quite hot, opt for a lightweight knit. Nudie Jeans is well know for its strong commitment to sustainable practices, sand the Tomas knit is made from recycled denim. The unique piece sports a relaxed fit, with a crew neckline and dropped shoulders.
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If we’re talking about versatile clothing, you can’t go past the plain white tee. You can use it as the base of your outfit in any month of the year. Asket’s comprehensive 15-size system ensures everyone can find their perfect fit, and if you’re going to wear a t-shirt nearly every day of the year, you want it to fit properly.
If the sun’s out but there’s a chill in the air, light coloured denim is your friend. The Rollas Norm Chop jeans feature a slim regular fit with a raw, ankle length cuff that makes them a nice option when it’s not super cold outside. Made from a soft denim, the jeans remain comfortable with prolonged wear.
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When the weather turns for the worse, you’ll need somewhere dry to stash your valuables. Bellroy‘s All Conditions Phone Pocket is that safe place. It will provide protection for your phone, cash and cards in a water-resistant pocket with YKK Aquaguard zip closure.