This fantastic* weather we are experiencing really does give us four seasons in one day, and makes for a very difficult decision before you leave the house in the morning, what on earth can you wear for sun and rain at the same time?
Ankle boots are an ideal choice. Think of all those pictures of a newly single Katie Holmes, wearing the camel coloured block heel boots, with a floaty yellow dress, and denim jacket. Bare legs dry quicker than jeans, so even if you are caught in a shower, it wont be too traumatic! Kurt Geiger have the widest range, of both heel heights and prices, and don’t forget to check out their discount website, Shoeaholics, for a selection of styles and sizes at hugely reduced prices.
Channel Audrey Hepburn in a pair of cigarette trousers, with patent loafers, and huge sunglasses. A head scarf will hide the hair ruined by the rain, and look cute too. These £14 loafers come in black and ivory, from Clothing at Tesco, will give you a certain je ne sais quoi.
If you simply must get your toes out from 30th June to 1st September, then try going for a shoe that wont get ruined even in the heaviest of showers. The jelly shoes may hark back to a traumatic childhood, and bring back regressed memories of hailstones on the beach, barbeques in the back of the car, and thunderstorms in a caravan, but that’s a small price to pay when some of them can be very cute, and cheap. Like these gold thong jelly sandals, with an owl on the front strap, for £15 in New Look or the now very popular Melissa brand, whose collaborations with Vivienne Westwood, and more recently JPG, have made their candy scented rubber heels an affordable way to own a durable designer heel. Their own range is also very cute, with these lace printed jelly pumps for £55 at ASOS.com.
Wedged high tops are a comfortable, stylish way to stay 1-3″ out of the puddles. Coloured jeans, and a plain baggy t-shirt, with a loose light scarf and geeky glasses, make for a simple, casual outfit. Try this black pair from Dorothy Perkins, or Next have these black velcro trainers for £50, and also a few tan pairs worth checking out.
For a dressier occasion, try patent strap wedges, avoiding cork and espadrille heels, that will get ruined very quickly. Nude patent wedges, £35 from Wallis, are classy, and would see you through as many summer weddings as you can manage to get invited to. Or try these patent red wedged courts, £30 from Barratts.
And no matter which pair of shoes you pick, you should never be far from a brolly. And it should be Cath Kidston. For no other reason than its so pretty.
*Just ever so slightly sarcastic. And my sarcasm is sarcastic too.