For whatever the weather throws at you – Beautiful clothes for rain, wind and snow

As my mum used to say, although now I realise she actually borrowed a quote from the adventurer Ranulph Fiennes: “There’s no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing”.

And, you realise just how true that is when you have children of your own. No matter whether it’s raining or snowing – actually, especially if it’s snowing – they’ll want to get outside. So, here are just a few lovely pieces to make sure you’re warm for trips to the park, walks by the river, splashing in puddles, sledging down hills and whatever else you and your brood get up to on your own little adventures:

The stylish wellies

While I’ve always made sure my little ones have wellies for the rain and snow, it’s only in the last couple of years that I’ve started buying myself a pair too. When it gets too cold, you can add a pair of wellie socks to keep your toes snuggly. Barbour’s Hackmore wellies are a quilted style which makes them a little bit different from the norm.

The handy layer

There comes a time every spring when it’s not quite cold enough for a coat but not quite warm enough just to go out in a jumper. That’s when the gilet comes into its own. You can throw over a chunky knit when it’s a bit chilly or even wear over a floral print dress when the sun comes out. I absolutely love this shearling version from Donna Karan, although it’s more than slightly over my budget so I’ll be keeping my eye out for a similar high street version.

The cosy knit

I always end up buying more summerwear than winter woollies, so this year I’ll be treating myself to a few pieces of knitwear to take me up to spring and summer. Lots of the big name designers have drawn upon Fair Isle patterns as inspiration for the winter season and, because it’s a style that comes and goes in the fashion world, you can pick up vintage bargains. I love this vibrant sweater from Beyond Retro. It’s got a 1980s skiwear feel about it but it could be toughened up with skinny leather jeans and ankle boots.

The padded jacket

A padded jacket has become one of my winter essentials to keep out the chill. The long zip-up one from La Redoute isn’t too bulky so it still gives a nice slimline silhouette and, while it’s a classic shape that won’t go out of style, the detailing sets it apart from similar coats. It has a detachable hood and the leather toggles give it a designer feel. Now all I have to do is decide whether I want the black or the chestnut version…

The ear warmer

While earmuffs might look cute if you’re under the age of ten, I’ve come to realise there comes a time when you have to look for a slightly more sophisticated version. This hat band from Pink Boutique ticks the same fluffy box that earmuffs do but with a more grown up feel. And, it’s fleece lined to keep you extra cosy. That’s not to say, however, that I’m not guilty of wearing my daughter’s earmuffs if they happen to be by the door when I’m popping to the shops.

By investing in a few key pieces for yourself and not just for the little ones, you’ll be able to spend longer enjoying the Great Outdoors, without wanting to go home before the kids do because you’re feeling too cold.