April weather is miserable, isn’t it? It’s not unusual for April to be a month of extremes. The cold, dark days of winter are over, but the heat and sunshine of summer haven’t started yet. Wind and rain can make you feel like you’re living in an old-fashioned country song.

It can be challenging to maintain an expensive appearance when you’re fighting the rain. In today’s aptly themed blog, we’re exploring how to look expensive on a budget when it’s chucking it down!

Spend on a decent brolly

It’s no fun being caught in the rain without an umbrella, so do yourself a favour and invest in one that will last. Make sure it’s waterproof and has a sturdy frame. You can get cheaper umbrellas but they won’t last as long or protect you from the elements as well as a more expensive one will.

Get a decent raincoat

It’s worth investing in a waterproof jacket that you can wear on rainy days. They’re not particularly expensive so it’s worth looking into one that has good reviews and will keep you dry. Why not check out Secret Sales for a high-quality raincoat at up to 80% off the retail price? If you’re planning to go out in the rain, make sure you have a waterproof jacket with a hood. You can also get them from any high street retailer and they shouldn’t be too expensive. If you’re on a budget then check out Aldi or Lidl for some great bargains too. Just avoid anything that looks too tacky or cheap.

Choose good quality wellies

I love a good pair of Hunter wellies. They can be picked up at a decent price from M&M Direct. However, if you are looking for something a bit more whimsical Joules do great wellies. Try checking out their clearance range. I was also able to find a never worn pair on Vinted (which is also where I buy my Gina shoes). I’ve had my Hunter boots for a couple of years now, and they still look like new. I even wear them with dresses if it’s raining.

Avoid white or cream trousers

You will only end up with dirty marks up them. I tend to prefer dresses and tights on rainy days. They look fabulous with wellies and don’t get all soggy and stained. If you do have to wear trousers, make sure that they are black or grey.

Embrace the country style

Don’t try and force an overly styled look as it’s so impractical. Instead, embrace that Balmoral chic and own practical gorgeous styles. There is no way to make Prada kitten heels and cream-tailored trousers look good when you are getting soaked in them. Just don’t. Wear flats and wellies instead. I would also advise that you wear a hat, as it will keep your hair looking fabulous. However, if you do have to wear heels then make sure that they are ankle boots rather than stilettos or kitten heels. They will be much more practical for walking around the estate in bad weather!

Bad weather can feel like a blow to your style, but with a few sensible tweaks, you can really own your rainy-day look. Stay confident, shop the sales, and find your own style.

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