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Weather or not: Dressing for our variable summer

Clever choices are needed to dress right in these topsy-turvy 'summer' conditions

By Maureen Coleman

Published 03/08/2015

Blazer, £269, t-shirt, £30, leggings, £49, House of Fraser
Blazer, £269, t-shirt, £30, leggings, £49, House of Fraser
Top, £26, skirt £22, bag, £29, M&Co
Skirt, £29, top, £11, La Redoute
Dress, £49, Miss Selfridge
Dress, £149, Marks & Spencer
Dress, £89, Phase Eight
Coat, £89, La Redoute

It's that time of year again when it can be rather difficult to know exactly what to wear. Technically, it's still summer, but despite promises from the weather men of heatwaves to come, temperatures have dipped and the rain has reappeared.

In the UK, we've been known to experience four seasons in one day. One moment you're strolling in the park in the warm summer sun, the next, you're drenched through to the skin.

The fluctuating weather makes it challenging to dress appropriately, but it can be stylishly achieved, with some clever planning.

Already the high street is stocking its transitional collections, from the must-have lightweight trench coat to the practical shoe boot.

Key to transitional dressing is layering. Opt for cotton cardigans to throw over a top or dress or a simple blazer that can take you from day to evening. Biker, denim and suede jackets are all practical purchases, too.

Swap short sleeves for three-quarter length and culottes for cigarette pants.

If you want to continue wearing shorts, team with black opaque tights instead of bare legs.

Shirt dresses and floral print frocks will see you through to next season and when it comes to colour, introduce autumnal shades gradually, with injections of rust, orange, fern green and gold into your wardrobe.

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