It is a bit sad, but the summer is drawing to an end. We are already having more colder and wet days, so now is a good time to go out and start preparing the family for the autumn. You need to have the basics readily to hand. That way you can still get out and enjoy yourselves, even on the colder days.
A Good Jacket
Top of the list has to be a decent wind resistant and shower proof jacket. Most retailers have already started to stock some great versions. These parka jackets for men are just one example. They look fantastic as well as being practical. In 2017, you can expect to see more fishtail style parkas becoming available. These are great for sitting on damp park benches or seats in a sports stadium.
It is always handy to have a hood, but you will not use it all the time. Therefore, jackets that have zip-out hoods are usually the best option.
You should also take a look at multi-layer coats. They keep you warm and are a surprisingly low-cost way to buy yourself two jackets and give you more choice and flexibility.
It is worth getting everyone to try their long trousers on. That way if anyone has had a growth spurt or been eating too many burgers you can get them a pair of chinos or jeans that will fit.
Dressing in layers is the best way to stay warm. This way of dressing also gives you more choice. So, rather than buy a thick jumper think about buying a couple of t-shirts or shirts, and topping them off with a hoodie.
A Set Of Waterproofs
If you like to get out and about to enjoy hiking or cycling, a set of lightweight waterproofs can be a great investment. The fold-up type are the most practical. Just be sure to buy a set which are made from breathable material. The last thing you need when you are walking or riding up a steep hill on a drizzly morning is to start to overheat while wearing your waterproofs.
The Right Footwear
In wet weather, the right footwear is essential. For the weekends, trainers are a good option, especially if you take the time to waterproof them. However, remember that doing this can turn a pair of shoes that are made from materials that allow your feet to breathe into ones that don´t. Therefore, if you are planning to wear your trainers for high energy activities buy a pair that has water resistance already built-in by the manufacturer.
Hats and Scarves
It is also a good idea to make sure everyone has a hat and scarf. Often, you can use last year´s model. Just check that last year´s still look decent and fit in OK with the new jackets and coats that you have just bought.
If you want to have a go at making your own clothes, hats and scarves can be a very good starting point. They are both surprisingly easy to make, this page will give you an idea of the styles of hat you could potentially knit or crochet for the family.
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