Well aren’t we having a cracking summer in the UK this year? I haven’t been away on my summer holidays yet but I’ve spent a lot of time by the sea in Britain already and it’s been wonderful. Since it’s virtually August (how did that happen?!) and lots of you will no doubt be packing up the car to head to Cornwall, Scotland, or, if you have any sense, the Isle of Wight, here’s what I reckon you should pack for our country’s unpredictable weather.
1. a pair of waterproof sandals
We’re ALL fans of Birkenstocks and they’re all well and good when it’s dry, but get those sandals wet and that cork sole takes a bit of a battering. I’ve got the perfect alternative though: a pair of waterproof pool slides. The pair I’m wearing here is from a lovely Swedish brand called Vagabond (if you don’t know about them already, check them out – great designs and VERY reasonably priced) but you could get a cheap built-for-purpose pair from a sports brand like Nike or adidas if you want a high fashion look. We might be having lots of sun right now but I’ve just seen the weather forecast and there’s some rain heading in for the weekend, so be prepared!!
2. don’t discount your brogues
If, like me, you’ve bought heavily into the modern rubber soled brogue styles from brands like Grenson, you’ll know that they are about as practical as it gets when you get caught in the rain. I’ve also become really fond of wearing my brogues with shorts when it’s hot, as it’s a much smarter option than sandals if you’re going out for dinner or drinks. And they’re so bouncy and comfortable, they’re brilliant for strolling around a town or beach (as I’m doing here in Aldeburgh in Suffolk).
3. pack some slip-on skate shoes
For days when the mercury drops, you’ll be glad you remembered to bring these comfy pumps. Smarter than trainers but just as comfortable, they’re brilliant for visiting a theme park, going on long walks or going on a shopping trip (easy to take off and put back on again in the changing rooms). I have different pairs for the winter and summer, and have been living in this floral print pair from Y.M.C. for the past two summers (I switch to darker ones for the winter). Pastel colours are also a great option while the sun is shining.
4. find some wellies you actually like
If you’re planning a trip that includes muddy walks or, as in my case, a mackerel fishing trip, you might want to consider bringing a pair of Wellington boots. I was lucky enough to go to Padstow with my job at InStyle with Boden, and when Boden take you fishing, they provide the wellies! If these are a bit bright for you, there’s a plain black pair that just looks like biker boots (how chic!) and this leopard print pair would look brilliant with a Breton stripe. Another brand I love for wellies is Ilse Jacobsen, whose boots are in the sale at Office at the moment.
Happy holidays everyone!