One has to love the British weather… it is an endless subject of conversation, particularly when… conversation with real life people can be… well, who has any news?
Since the slight easing of lockdown some of us have been out, and sat in pub gardens, got cold, but REJOICED, in the fact that someone else made a decision about what ‘could’ be eaten, some one else cooked the food, someone else cleared the plates and stacked the dishwasher, and someone else washed up. And all the time… brought wine. Beautiful.
But the thing is, after that initial flurry the goodish weather, it’s been wet, windy and cold – not really suited for sitting outside – which considering how much the hospitality economy needs people in their outdoor spaces – the weather is not really playing ball.
But should we be in a position to being outside, (or thinking about staycations as opposed to foreign travel this summer…?), some wet weather gear is more than likely going to be needed at some point.
Currently, a winter coat (in MAY??!!) might really be needed more right now, but a raincoat with 14 layers underneath feels slightly more hopeful or spring like at least. In truth a rain coat is not a thing we realllly want to have to spend money on, but, it’s probably actually (with grown up head on) a worthwhile purchase to have one to hand that you’d want to wear when the need arises… and in the UK… that’s quite often.
As you may have gathered if you’ve read many of these posts, I’m not going to selecting a sunny yellow raincoat… I know someone who wears one, and it looks good on them, suits them in fact. But not me… however, I can when given the choice go slightly more wild and jazzy with an umbrella. Slightly.
I’m liking this more than I anticipated – black and white check. Classic.
New Look Black Check Packable Mac £17.99
Time up the umbrella game – how good?
Jollybrolly Black and Cream swirl folding umbrella £16
Oversized means an opportunity for layering.
ASOS DESIGN rain parka in khaki £25
A walking umbrella in a happy colour.
Jollybrolly Orange wood stick walking umbrella £10.99
A spring colour raincoat. Pale khaki – nice.
Next Rubber Rain jacket £50
Totes Birds Umbrella £20
A serious raincoat. Will last years and keep you toasty.
Sweaty Betty Stride Waterproof Parka £195
Jazz it up a bit.
M&S Striped Stormwear Compact Umbrella £9.50
This anorak came in many different colours as well as the all important black.
New Look Black Hooded anorak £22.99
A small update especially if your usual umbrella go to is plain black.
Oliver Bonas Foil Star Print Black Umbrella, £10, was £20
Next Khaki Glam Rain Mac £62 – say no more. Glam and Khaki, has to be a winner.
Be like royalty with this domed umbrella, you can see out, they can see you.
Totes PVC Dome Umbrella £20
I like this – but I’d want to size up for more of an oversized look… great colour. Obvs.
M&S Waterproof Parka £89
Print? Camo? Excellent.
Hush Cameron Camo-Print Parka £79
Finally, if it all gets too much and when rain really does stop play… you might feel this.
Rocket St George F-ing Umbrella £30