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Ador(k)able anoraks


Great news ladies – the anorak is cool at last!

Worn with everything from jeans to chic dresses, anoraks and pac-a-macs are having something of a fashion moment. Thanks to Miu Miu, the AW14 Paris catwalks were filled with practical looking waterproofs in all shapes and styles.

From cover all ponchos (did I mention fabulous breastfeeding access for rainy days?) to curve friendly Pac a Parkas, these lightweight lovelies are suddenly a fashion essential.

Despite the labels, this look is definitely more hiking than haute couture and I can’t promise that the elevation to high fashion is going to increase your elegance quotient as you run for shelter in this autumn’s downpours but, as life with young children means that you will spend more time in waterproof clothing than you ever thought possible and the high street has a fabulous selection (check out the range at ASOS!), why not find something you actually like before the fashion pack move on?

Here are a few of my favourites from across the web:

Love Label Floral Mac

Love Label Floral Mac, Was £18 Now £11

Breastfeeding Tips: Many of my early breastfeeding in public experiences were at the side of a rugby pitch full of teenage boys and in my experience, if you’re likely to need to actually feed outside in the rain, ponchos offer the best rain protection versus nursing access – you can wear pretty much anything you like underneath. They are however difficult to get fully on or off one-handed so a mac you can keep fastened cape-style at the neck (double ended zip or neck poppers) is a good compromise.

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Stylish Alternatives to Umbrellas

Hands-free Umbrella

My daughter was born in August. I dealt with the hot summer and learned to breastfeed confidently in public with minimal layers, but it was only a few months on that I saw the issues at the other end of the weather spectrum.

Only when it actually starts to rain do you realise that you cannot hold an umbrella as well as pushing a pram.

Umbrella Hat

There are gadgets, of course, some more practical than others…

They might well keep you dry, but most of the affordable ones will seriously limit your social life!

The stylish alternative is to wear a hat.

There are lots of great alternatives to woolly hats this autumn, but my favourites are these fab felt hats. The wide brimmed 70s ones have instant cool, and with a brim like that, you might even keep the rest of you dry!

umbrella for pram

Fabulous Felt Hats

Clockwise from top left:

  1. ASOS Oversized Fedora Hat£25, ASOS
  2. Wide Felt Floppy Hat (Orange/Purple)£28, Urban Outfitters
  3. ASOS 70s Floppy Felt Hat - £20, Urban Outfitters
  4. Felt Fedora With Contrast Band£26, Monsoon
  5. Red felt rosette cloche hat£22, Debenhams
  6. Grey soft felt trilby hat£22, Debenhams
  7. Wool Felted Floppy Hat (Various Colours)£9.99, New Look
  8. Felt Fedora With Contrast Band£26, Monsoon