If the past week is anything to go by it’s time to prepare for the apocalypse let alone standard wet weather. But in Scotland, it always sense to be prepared. Where else in the world has ‘extra’ words for miserable weather? I’m actually delighted that the nation’s favourite word is in fact, ‘dreich.’ It gives you a good idea about how stoic people are here but also is a good indication of what weather we should be preparing for!
To make things a little better, I’ve been looking at various wet weather style options – attempting to find options for all budgets!
1. Wax Parka by Troy London (£350)
No one can argue with the style credentials of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. This Wax Parka by Troy London ticks all the boxes for practicality but also is elegant to boot.
2. Joules Seaparker 3-in-1 Parka (£169)
I love Joules for their timeless but enduring style. I bought a beautiful rain jacket for the summer but in Winter weather, this clever design is appealing for our changing temperatures: it has an quilted gilet that is detachable but both the jacket and gilet are lined with teddy fur. Doesn’t get more cosy than that!
3. Fat Face Four Pocket Jacket (£89)
Whilst not super budget, I think Fat Face has got some great offerings this season. I had formerly written them off as a bit frumpy but after discovering their kids range (after a misadventure on the beach!) I’ve had cause to look again. It’s now know as Katie’s ‘favourite shop’ and I think it’s definitely worth a look for practical weather gear.
From left to right: Brigg Ladies Malacca (£460), Marylebone Stand Up Umbrella (£195), Fulton Bloomsberry (£27).
On the one hand, wellingtons are just wellingtons. There’s not a lot that can jazz them up or make them anything but wellingtons. But if you were going to buy one pair to last for life – this would be your pair. The ‘iconic field and country rubber boot’ that will feature daily on Britain’s dog walk now and in all times to come.
2. Hunter Original Tall Wellington Boots (£95)
There was some hoo-ha a few years ago about Hunters changing their manufacturing process. A lot of people claimed they weren’t as comfortable as before nor did they last as long. It was an outrage that dominated the aisles of Waitrose like you had never known before. I still like them and am wearing the same pair I bought at university many aeons ago!
3. Tall Printed Wellies by Seasalt (£39.95)
I’m not sure I’m a huge fan of printed wellies – they strike me as jolly but I’m a bit of a traditionalist. However, I do like this pair by Seasalt. I like both their designs and it strikes me that any company based in Cornwall should know something about preparing for wet weather!
P.S. Illustration is by the fabulous Alison Soye – she has just illustrated her first children’s book and you can grab a copy on Amazon.