12 June 2012 by

Stay Dry AND Stylish In The Rain with Our Wash-Out Summer Shopping Fix

Charlize Theron, Rachel Bilson and Rita Ora inspire our rain-proof wardrobes

Hopes for a sun-filled British summer are wanning fast as much of the country is battered by strong winds and torrential downpours. BOO. Here at Grazia HQ, we are standing strong and refusing to give in to our black opaques but dressing for summer when it isn't warm takes quite some thought - and preparation. So how can you flash a bit of leg AND work summer's hottest trends when it's so dull and dreary? As always, Grazia Daily is on hand with our latest Shopping Fix to get you through these rainy days...

1. Sporty grey marl and leopard for casual office chic

We recommend teaming this season's sheer drop hem skirt with a medium knit for a touch of elegance AND warmth. Wear the combo with a light statement coat like this Band of Outsiders beauty and accessorise with a pair of chunky platform heels to keep your toes out of the rain.

Leopard coat, £410, Girl. By Band of Outsiders at Net-a-porter
Black skirt, £29.99, Zara
Grey marl jumper, £45, Silence + Noise at Urban Outfitters
Gold wedges, £69.99, Zara
Sweat band, £5, Asos.com

2. Work colour-pop brights and clashing prints

The summer months usually call for a busy wedding/party calendar so clash your brights and prints to create a vibrant yet rain friendly outfit. Choose slightly thicker fabrics to keep warm, and heels like these patent slingbacks will keep your tootsies dry.

Red and blue dress, £1005, Roksanda Illincic at Net-a-porter
Striped coat, £395, JCrew at Net-a-porter
Floral slingbacks, £85, Dune
Polka dot clutch, £55, Dune
Multi coloured bangles, £110 each, Astley Clarke

3. Biker jackets and silk wide leg trousers for a relaxed weekend look

Printed silk trousers are massive this season, so if you've already invested in a pair and can't wait until your holiday later in the year to give them a spin, pair them with a chunky coloured knit, biker jacket and trainers to create a look that will keep you cosy but will allow you to have fun with summer's prints.

Leather jacket, £375, Reiss
Printed trousers, £29.99, Zara
Green jumper, £275, Rag&Bone at Net-a-porter
Tribal trainers, £30, Asos.com

4. Chunky knits and wellies for a weekend of festival fashion

We've all been planning our festival outfits for weeks now, and to make sure you get the most out of your newly purchased aztec shorts and woven tribal bags you need three vital pieces of clothing. A shaggy jumper, a metallic mac and luxe wellies.

Silver mac, £48, Topshop
Jumper, £75, Topshop
Denim shorts, £23.99, Misguided
Bag, £95, En Shalla at Urban Outfitters
Friendship braclelets, £66 each, Shashi Donna at Austique
Riding wellington boots, £235, Burberry at Net-a-porter


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