Aquascutum's Aquamac

According to meteorologists everywhere, Spring has indeed sprung. Although London seems yet to make its mind up about whether to rain or shine, it is finally time to take a deep breath and pack away the winter wardrobe.

Goodbye knee-high boots… See you next October cashmere jumpers… And hello summer dresses and sandals! But what those trusty old April showers that seem to have crept on into May and June? Make your floaty summer wardrobe work for a schizophrenic summer with a practical light-weight trench coat or mac. This season has plenty of bright funky colours to keep you feeling chirpy on even the dullest day.

You can’t say ‘Trench coat’ without thinking of Aquascutum, the suppliers of army coats to the British from the Crimean war. This summer check out the Aquamacs in Blue, Navy, Pine and Rose-Petal (£250, Aquascutum). It won’t leave you with much change, but it’s a classic year-in, year-out item.


Flirty Fuschia at Marc Jacobs

At the other end of the price scale, ASOS, that bazaar of good-value online shopping, has a fab red number with pin-tucking detail to the front and back (£45, ASOS). A good option if Marc Jacob’s neon pink version (£450, Net-a-Porter) is a little hard on the wallet! The ASOS version is a flirty mid-thigh length, so would look great with the black skinny jeans left over from winter and some killer heels.

The bright yellow Hubbaston pea coat at Jack Wills (£219, Jack Wills) might not technically be a trench coat, but it’s so cute I had to include it. Canary yellow, double-breasted and completely summery, put it on your list!

For a splash of French flair, the Christian Lacroix ‘Falbala’ trench coat in red at La Redoute is wonderfully frivolous, with a tulle underskirt and a frilled hem (£92.98, La Redoute).

burberry202Spring/Summer 09 is all about wet and windy English summers for Burberry, so their classic trench fits right in on trend. Rather than bright summery tones, the British design house has gone with muted garden tone – think greens, blue-greys, dusty purples and botanical prints. From £382 for a short jacket, they’re not cheap, but they are beautiful (Net-a-Porter).

So, no need for despair if it looks grey this summer!