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How to handle changeable weather

How to handle changeable weather

“The big thing about spring is that you need to be able to take off layers and still look like you’re wearing an outfit, not a collection of clothes,” says Thread stylist Luke McDonald. “You can still wear a lot of darker items from your winter wardrobe, but the key is versatility. Last week was 20°C, this week it’s 3°C. It’s being able to adjust for that.”

So, without further ado, here are a few golden rules to bear in mind when the barometer is behaving weirdly.

Go for light layers

Traditionally, the lighter the layer, the closer to your body it should be. So, your t-shirt should be lighter than your cardigan, which should be lighter than your jacket etc. With that in mind, keep the outer layers looser so that you can add extra layers underneath and still move around comfortably.

Luke's advice is to add a cardigan because you can always take it off. “A lightweight raincoat is also very easy to carry around on your arm if you’re too warm.” 

Try a gilet

A good rule of thumb when it comes to layering is to either match the hems or have the shorter pieces as the bottom layer. The exception is a gilet, which is OK to sit a little shorter than the shirt underneath it.

“A gilet is perfect as it’ll keep your body warm,” says Luke. “You can put a jacket over it, and it’s meant to be a removable layer. It’s basically got the utility built into it.”

Add accessories

Accessories are an easy way to adjust your body temperature, whether that’s with a scarf, a hat, or a pair of gloves.

As Luke points out, “Beanies are perfect for changeable weather as they’re easy to chuck into a bag if it’s too warm.”

Think feet first

Some people build their outfits from the shoes up, depending on what the weather forecast demands. If you’re not sure what the weather’s going to do, then err on the side of caution. So, don’t go for open-toed sandals when it could be chucking it down later.

“Try rubber bottom shoes to stop water seeping in if it’s been raining,” says Luke. “It will also keep you from slipping on wet surfaces.”

Contrast your colours

“Spring is the transition between dour dark winter outfits and very punchy summer outfits,” says Luke. “It’s good to have a play between the two, so experiment with darker and lighter tones to make a nice spring outfit.”

After all, as Luke loves to say, fashion is all about contrasts. Now go and get dressed for any weather.


Words: Theresa Harold
Photography: Jon Cardwell
Styling: Luke McDonald and Toby Standing