Fashion Forecast: Light Showers, High Style
Although it’s the first weekend of October, temperatures around the country would have us thinking it’s still mid-August. And what could be better than getting to enjoy the fall colours in an Indian summer setting? Not even a weekend forecast calling for light showers in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa can dampen our spirits. After all, sporting some preppy rainwear isn’t the worst thing in the world, right?
The foundation of this particular genre of style is of course, the trench coat. Originally designed for wartime, the design boasts military-inspired details and a silhouette that is intended for function. The classic trench is ideal for a rainy fall day, and is available today in a variety of both traditional and contemporary colours and textures. Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Meryl Streep in Kramer vs. Kramer—the trench coat is as iconic an article of clothing as they come. With its camel cotton-twill fabric and plaid lining, a Burberry trench is the ultimate luxury when it comes to rainy-weather gear.
To complement this heritage aesthetic, wear with a classic black-and-white combo underneath. Cigarette jeans are a signature retro style, and look becomes especially timeless when paired with a slouchy white T-shirt, like this one from Topshop. Sole Society’s cognac riding boots will protect your feet from any stray showers while making you look as though you’re ready to hop on a pony and charge the polo field at the drop of a hat.
Accessories are essential with this kind of simple ensemble—one that provides the perfect blank canvas for statement bags and jewelry. A collar necklace, like this colourful crystal one from J.Crew, would brighten up even the dreariest of days, while wearing a boxy structured bag on your arm will provide the perfect amount of ladylike polish. Throw on a wine-coloured fedora and an old-fashioned compact to keep your nose powdered through the humidity, and you’ll practically be singing in the rain!
Weather-Proofing with Fashion:
- Burberry London Trench Coat, US $1,495, net-a-porter.com,
- Genetic Denim Shya Cigarette Jeans, $200, shopbop.com
- Topshop Split Shoulder Tee, $28, thebay.com
- Sole Society ‘Carolyn’ Boot, $130, nordstrom.com
- J.Crew Crystal Lace Necklace, $178, jcrew.com
- Zara Leather City Bag, $179, zara.com
- Forever 21 Classic Fedora, $20, forever21.com
- Estee Lauder Year of the Snake Powder Compact, $110, esteelauder.com
For the latest forecasts and up-to-date weather news—so you can plan your next weather-appropriate outfit—check out theweathernetwork.com.