HOW TO: DRESS FOR BAD WEATHER
By John Agnew, 9 March 2017
Sometimes, the weather and your outfit co-exist in perfect harmony; other times, the elements can be more unpredictable than Trump on Twitter. For those instances, pull a few pointers from our handy guide to all-weather dressing below.
Don’t let the weather dictate what you should wear. Instead, learn to tactfully layer at all times as a precaution to any unstable elements. A combination of light and heavy is key: a breezy base layer – a tee or short-sleeved button-up – with a bomber jacket or denim jacket over top. That way, you can layer up or down and control your temperature depending on the weather, while maintaining your style.
Donning a dollar-store poncho because you got caught in rainy squall sucks. Likewise, carting a heavy rain coat or umbrella around can drag you down. Wet weather can strike at any time, so ensure you’re prepared with a rain protector you can wear both outside and indoors – think a windbreaker or minimal rain jacket (look to Rains for inspiration).
When it comes to wild weather, not all shoes are created equal (we’re looking at you, canvas kicks). Many materials will struggle with wetness, such as suede and canvas, and while boots and hi-tops are relatively sturdy in all weather, they’re a temperature downer if it starts to warm up. The ultimate? A pair of treated leather sneakers – they’re lightweight, capable of being both breezy and robust to coldness, and will protect your feet and keep them dry when the storm clouds roll round.
Keep a compact weather kit on you at all times – a handful of essentials that can be worn both outside and indoors. A trusty cap for rogue rays (and low-key rain protection), a beanie to beat the cold and some hair wax to fix your wind-affected mop on the go. And if you’re extra prone to stepping in puddles, a spare pair of invisible socks – because there’s no bigger annoyance than damp feet all day.