Much to my chagrin, much of the population of Ireland don’t seem to have quite grasped the depressing, but nonetheless valid, fact that they will never ever have a Summer (or at least experience that which a proper Summer should be…day-long sunshine sans a single breeze or the faintest drop of rain). In fact, contrary to many’s a member of my parents’ generation who regularly erupt into nostalgiac almost-elegies for the long-lost Irish Summer, I am myself highly suspicious of any claim that this country has felt uninterrupted sun for longer than a matter of seconds. A depressing thought for many, perhaps, but I’ve always liked the rain and judging by the frequency of my encounters with it, I reckon it might have a thing for me too.
So, not one to spoil budding relationships (however sodden…), I seem to have embraced the Irish elements and adjust my wardrobe accordingly. Below, some inspiration for staying on the good side of rain…
Henrik Vibskov Croc Jacket – You know when you try to visualise a particular colour combination and it has the potential to make you feel physically ill in your mind’s eye, but when actually rendered proves to be a colourway you’d fall deeply in love with. Yeah? This is it. See Circus Store.
Opening Ceremony Nylon Parka – I vowed to myself I’d buy something blue and nylon last AW. Turned out to be yet another epic fail. This season, with models like the above on offer, will, I predict, be a different story. See Oak NYC.
Mackintosh Navy Hunter Riding Coat – Being the glorious ignoramus that I am, I only discovered last year that the term “mac” originates from this 200 year old British rainwear brand that – considering its marketing – could be deemed the English answer to Jil Sander. See Mackintosh and my-wardrobe.com.
Carolyn Massey AW09 Cape – If this were a fashematic it would be something like “Large bat” + “Footsoldier/Policeman”. I ask you: what’s not to love?
But, not to come across all at-one-with-the-rain-god, I must say I do have that unyielding desire to return to bed prompted by a rapid glance through the water-splattered window to find a torrent of pissy weather. These are the days I wish for sun that would justify wearing the below-pictured. Here’s hoping for at least a few days of weather more Med than wet in SS10.
Romain Kremer for Mykita – With stainless-steel frame and metal shutters, these Inuit-inspired shades could be the less-gansta, more minimalist-chic, eyewear-grillz. See Mykita.
Images from Selectism, my-wardrobe, Carolyn Massey, Oak and Circus Store