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The end of summer isn’t all bad news. Sure, it means fewer barbecues and time spent on beaches. But for your wardrobe, the onset of rain means you have options beyond a t-shirt and shorts. It might not seem like much of a silver lining, but it’s amazing how effective a couple of extra layers and accessories are for boosting your personal style.

If, that is, you pick the right pieces. “There’s a fine balance to be struck between practicality and aesthetics,” says Thread stylist Kasia Katner. “It can often be that the more weatherproof something is, the less appropriate it is anywhere other than up a mountain.” And that’s a problem for two reasons: hiking gear looks strange on your commute and you’ll be incredibly uncomfortable in anything but the coldest, wettest weather.

The answer, then, is to find styles that you’d wear normally, but which have been tweaked to help them stand up to showers. And then to wear them in a way that embraces the change in weather, rather than cowers from it. Below, Kasia breaks down the essential pieces that will keep you dry and stylish from now until next summer.

Umbrella

Your first defence against showers is the most obvious, but one many men make mistakes with. “Think of an umbrella as an accessory, not a tool,” says Kasia. “It’s a simple way to add colour to an outfit, but low-risk because you’re not actually wearing it.”

Look for shades that echo autumn leaves, like deep greens, rust orange and rich browns. “They’re subtle, they’re seasonal and they’ll also go with whatever you’re wearing,” says Kasia. So you won’t need a different colour umbrella for different outfits. “Just please, make sure it’s not an umbrella you got given at a conference.” The only statement that makes is that you’re free advertising.

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Jeans

Darker fabrics are best in wet weather, because light shades splotch and stain when they get damp. “Black is ideal, because even if you forget your umbrella and get soaked, the water marks won’t show up,” says Kasia. Waxed jeans might seem wise when it’s pouring, but over time they get shiny. “Better is a thicker weight of washed denim that will keep you warm and also means water won’t soak all the way through to your skin.”

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Leather trainers

“Leather is always better than canvas in the rain,” says Kasia. “It’s not absorbent and any marks will wipe off.” Just be sure to stow some wet wipes in your bag to clean your trainers in case you do step in a puddle. “So long as you avoid absorbent materials like suede, white trainers are actually OK. But if you can’t be bothered with the upkeep, black is even simpler.”

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Backpack

“I always recommend Rains for wet weather bags,” says Kasia. “It’s a Danish brand that coats its bags in rubber, which is means they’re completely waterproof. And because they have flap closures, rather than zips, there’s nowhere for the rain to get in.” If you need something sleeker, know that water can stain leather, so lean towards materials like nylon if possible. “And make sure it’s in a dark colour. It’s less likely to show up any grime if you have to rest it on a damp pavement.”

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Raincoat

The best raincoats come from countries where foul weather is an everyday issue. “Nordic brands like Stutterheim and Elka design theirs to withstand brutal winters,” says Kasia. “Look for taped seams, which stop water getting in at your coat’s most porous part, and – like your bag – rubberised cotton. A hood is also a must-have.”

Since waterproof material is wipe clean, you can afford to brighten up. “You won’t wear it everyday, so pick a colour that’s a bit more fun,” says Kasia. “Yellow is particularly apt – fisherman wear it so they’re easy to spot if they fall overboard. Which means it has some heritage and authenticity. It also look great with navy and grey worn underneath.”

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