Banish Dowdy Outdoor Clothing

Living by the sea in Britain, where the weather is famous for being as changeable as a three year old's mood, means that you must be prepared with some practical outdoor clothing.  However, this doesn't mean you need to wrap up from head to toe in unflattering, ungainly coats and bulky wellies to stay warm and dry. There are plenty of trendy (and reasonably priced) brands out there that will keep you looking good all through the year.

Find a well-fitted jacket

Getting the right kind of jacket is imperative because the most important part of your body to keep warm is your torso. I like shopping at Barbour because they have a variety of products that come in different styles (gilets, jackets, coats) and types (waterproof, quilted). They are made to last and are nicely fitted. If you're looking to save some money, you can find great deals at a Barbour outlet.

Buy some stylish wellies

Get your hands on a good pair of wellies. Since the arrival of ‘festival fashion’ you can find a lovely, patterned pair of wellies just about anywhere, but if you’re looking for something that will last, then go for some Hunter boots. I also purchased some thermal socks, which is a great investment if you want to keep wearing your Hunter wellies during the winter.

Throw on a pashmina for a pop of colour

Scarves and pashminas are among some of my favourite items, because they fantastic for adding a little colour to what you’re wearing, and they come in such a variety of materials that they're a useful outdoor accessory year-round. In spring, when the weather hasn’t quite turned warm enough for open jackets, I like light, cotton scarves. In the winter, heavy blanket type pashminas are your best bet.

Invest in some sunnies

Sunglasses are so important, because they protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, stinging sea wind, and will relieve eye-strain caused by glare on bright days, and the best part is that they always look good. I prefer plastic framed sunglasses, because they are more practical and don’t get stuck in your hair like the wire framed ones do. Ray Bans are of course the trendiest choice at the moment, but I love the large Jackie O-type frames, because I think they look good for any occasion.

Fashion is all about combining style with utility, so don’t feel like you have to look dowdy to stay practical, as there are tons of outdoor clothing options that will keep you looking and feeling your best.

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