Friday, 20 July 2012

Who Said Rain Wear Was Miserable?

England is world renowned for its fabulously foggy weather, but the weather this so-called summer has surprised even the most cynical of Brits. The Met Office figures show that the UK has suffered the wettest June since records began in 1910.

England has not only suffered from endless days of rain but also a poor amount of sunshine,
June was the second dullest on record with only 119.2 hours of sunshine and the total UK rainfall was more than twice as much as normally expected.

So amongst all this rain is there a silver lining? Yes. The answer is wet weather wear.

So as the Her Majesty The Queen would say the rain seems far worse when one is not prepared for it, therefore here are a few pieces of Britain's iconic rain wear that one can enjoy!

The Burberry Trench Coat

Burberry is a classic English brand, rich with history. Its distinctive tartan pattern has become one of the most recognizable brands in the world, not to mention it's also one of the most copied brands out there. Burberry is most famous for its iconic Trench coat which was invented by founder Thomas Burberry who set up shop in Basingstoke in 1856 at the tender age of 21.

This fascinating new all-resistant material attracted many, including the British Army making them Burberry's first major client. Over the period of a century the trench coat has gone from practical war gear to a must have piece in your wardrobe.

Today, trendy celebrities and respectable royals are sporting the the iconic trench, keeping it a focal piece in the whirlwind industry known as the fashion world. The Burberry trench have kept thousands warm and dry over the years and therefore should suffice this summer.




Better known as 'Wellies' or 'Rubber Boots' Wellingtons are a type of boot based upon leather Hessian boots. The name was popularised by Arthur Wellesly, Duke of Wellington and then became a must-have fashion item during the British aristocracy in the early 19th century.

Wearing wellies are not only super practical in order to keep feet dry but have recently become very fashionable due to the 'festival wear' craze. Thanks to Britain's dreary summers, wellies are unmissable on the streets throughout the UK, especially during festival season (June- September).

Now available in every pattern and colour available. So why not make most of the rain? Slip on a pair of wellies and have a splash about in a near by puddle!

The Essential Umbrella



Whether it's a traditional, a compact or a modern bubble umbrella, it can be agreed that an umbrella is a must have accessory this summer. There is something very British about an umbrella- perhaps it's a reminder of everybody's favourite childhood classic, Mary Poppins.

There is a never ending range of umbrellas available to the British public, whatever the occasion. Feeling trendy? Go for the bubble umbrella. In need of a 'work' umbrella? Perhaps a traditional with a U-shaped hardwood handle. And the list goes on.

Don't let the weather get you down, don't fight the rain- just go with it. Grab an umbrella and put on a pair of wellies, your day will suddenly seem just that tad better!

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