I don’t know about you but when someone says April showers I’m reminded of Disney’s Bambi. Don’t laugh, if you were born the best side of the millennium you probably think the exact same. Just don’t start whistling it like I did when I went to watch Brazil vs Chile at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium last month.
So today as I sit on the train on my way to the Skimlinks Content to Commerce Summit in London on my very familiar journey from Birmingham to London. I was well prepared as I stepped out in to the rain and wind that greeted me from my nice warm porch.
Why are April Shower’s so Different?
It’s safe to say that Brits are well used to showers… and wind, and snow and all manner of things weather. So why are April Showers any different. Here is the thing. From April-June, as has been the prior 2 weeks, it can be glorious. Glorious sun, glorious clear skies, glorious ice cream vans lining the streets. But this can be a ruse.
Entertain me – think of a weatherman, not like on tv but like a delegate of mother nature charged with controlling the weather and the seasons. Each country would have it’s own man or woman and they would effect the weather based on schedules and timeline, kpi’s and such. Imagine in the transitional seasons of Spring and Autumn, he has Winter and Summer on each shoulder, like an extra tier of middle management, annoying but necessary. As Summer’s influence increases, Winter gives in a little shove every now and then and we are met with light hearted showers that last a couple of days. Not high winds and thunder. Just little dainty showers, a bit more than drizzle but not 3rd speed windscreen wiper stuff. That is April, and May and June!
So what’s my point?
My point is, how does a chap dress for this. It could be lovely but it could be awkwardly indecisive rain. So as I stepped out this morning I made sure of a few things.
– my flies were done up
– I had a jacket, in my case a blazer
– I had shoes suitable for rain
– I had gloves
– I had an umbrella
The suitability of this outfit mean that I could
– take the jacket on and off as needed for climate control
– protect myself from the rain should it come
– protect my hands from the wind should I need to use the umbrella to protect myself from the rain.
Other than this, the outfit is largely what I would wear normally. So when it comes down to it, having a pair of gloves and an umbrella are key to surviving April showers. That way should it drizzle, the umbrella pops up and should it be up for long, the gloves can go on (this is in no way a euphemism).
Here’s a run down of some good Gloves and Umbrellas for chaps. I’m an outdoor junkie and when it comes to survival I go for practicality over fashion (as a fashion blogger? no!) but perhaps the lesson you should take from that is wear what you will wear first. I will be adding one of the below to my wardrobe very soon. I have a full size umbrella, a mid size with hook handle and micro umbrella – what? I’m British!
I prefer to take the full size with me as it is the strongest and won’t fail in strong winds. It also adds to an outfit unlike the others. I will take the micro if I’m not sure. As for the gloves, I wear the Berghaus ones all the time but I think I may pick up something leather in the near future.
It might seem daft to invest in these after winter but you can get them a lot cheaper off-season. Obviously if you already have them then make sure you take them with you even if the Summer is toying with you.