If your weather is anything like mine is here in Bournemouth, planning your outfit each day is becoming more and more of a task. The British weather is at that annoying in-between stage, where you don’t want to be that person wearing shorts and flip-flops on a rainy day, but equally you don’t want to be wearing a heavy coat on the warmest day of the week. Oh Mother Nature, why must you be so fickle and cruel?
But have no fear, altrocklife is here to help! Here are my top tips for managing the awkward spring weather.
Check the weather forecast the night before, as well as in the morning
Getting an idea of what the weather will be like before you go to bed will help to reduce stress in the morning. In order to even further reduce stress, I tend to pick out the next day’s outfit in the evening and have it ready for when I wake up. Make sure you double check the weather before you get dressed in the morning, in case the forecast takes a turn for the worst (or best!). These bands of high and low pressure are extremely fickle.
Take humidity into account
Ah, humidity, the destroyer of hairstyles. And potentially outfits, if you ignore it! Maybe the temperature is only going to reach a high of thirteen or fourteen celsius, but if you pair that with 91% humidity it could end up being a sticky day. On days with low(ish) temperatures and high humidity, I’d recommend a couple of lightweight layers paired with rolled-up jeans and ankle boots, to keep you from sweating everywhere or getting chilly as the evening rolls in.
Layering is your best friend
No longer do you have to put on a bra, vest, t-shirt, jumper, coat and scarf before leaving the house, hooray! As soon as April comes around it’s officially time to work thick, bulky items out of your wardrobe. Say goodbye to knitted scarves, thick jumpers, beanies and heavy coats until October. Instead, if you’re still feeling the chill layer up a cami, shirt and statement jacket underneath a lightweight mac. Plus, tights under shorts are definitely a thing. Stay looking summery and chilled whilst protecting your pins from the spring chill.
(Also, by removing the bulky items from your wardrobe, you suddenly open up way more space for new summer clothes! Perfect.)
Chuck a coat over a summery outfit
This tip is a bit of a cop-out, but something I do on the regular. If you’ve put together a lovely, lightweight warm-weather outfit only to realise it’s going to be cold all day, wear it anyway with a nice colour-coordinating coat over the top. Wear the coat open to show off your outfit while you’re indoors, but as soon as you leave the office or uni button that bad boy up to keep the chill at bay. Et voila! You can still look on-trend and lovely in your nice warm office, and if you look a bit bundled up on the way home, who cares? Secretly, everyone’s jealous that they’re not brave enough to wear such a summery outfit.