It's that time of year again. The trans-seasonal wardrobe conundrum is puzzling us once more. Leave the house with high hopes on a sunny morning in a dress and ballet pumps and you risk returning soaked and deflated. This spring, there is only one solution to beating the wet weather. We must face it together. Don your best waterproof and embark upon a day of retail therapy. What you need are key staples to look stylish come wind, rain or shine.
The Classic Trench Coat
Jaeger and Banana Republic on Regent Street have the answer to all of your rain-wear needs. Opt for a classic trench coat in camel from Banana Republic and embody the look of a quintessential English rose – it’s almost worth being caught in a storm for. At Burberry, your options range from the classic to the outlandish, take your pick. Regent Street has those in-between days covered whatever your taste.
A Sturdy Umbrella
As an iconic British landmark, Regent Street does well to remain stocked with the ultimate British fashion accessory. The umbrella provides shelter from the wet weather but for the most stylish amongst us, an umbrella makes a statement. Opt for the House Check Umbrella from Viyella on Regent Street for a look that is distinctly British or invest in Austin Reed's limited edition Big Ben print umbrella, marking the retailer's 110th anniversary.
There is nothing worse than cold, damp toes in wet socks on soggy soles. A prerequisite of this unpredictable weather is a pair of shoes designed to stand a beating. Sebago have been crafting hand-made leather boat shoes ideal for both sun and showers since 1946. Choose from a selection of colours and styles in men’s and women’s sizes – Sebago will undoubtedly have a shoe to suit you.
Standard British summer-time weather consists of a morning of showers, followed by short bursts of sunshine amidst moments of grey and outbreaks of drizzle. A lightweight jumper will keep you warm throughout the showers but is also thin enough to dry quickly afterwards. For the best in lightweight knits look to Jaeger, Topshop, Zara and French Connection on Regent Street. This is a fashionable solution to a miserable day of weather.