How to dress for an Irish summer

Q. I am struggling to look remotely stylish during this wet Irish summer but I’m not quite ready to dig out my winter clothes. Any advice?

A. It is a phenomenon every woman will relate to - dashing out in that pretty chiffon top only for the heavens to open within minutes.

When the weather turns wet and rainy, and summer sun becomes a distant memory, it is hard to feel glamorous. Swapping sun dresses for coats and jumpers can mean that it is hard to find a way to indulge your girly side.

We have just experienced the wettest July in 40 years, so if you're struggling with what to wear in this weather you're not alone. The racks of summer clothes just don't seem that appealing in the wind and wet. Transitional clothes are traditionally difficult - do you wear your white sun dress in case the sun comes out or stick to jeans - again?

But fear not. With a classic trench, funky footwear and some layers you can be stylish even in a downpour. Light, bright and unbelievably practical, the summer coat is a must-have item for anyone who plans on braving the changeable Irish elements with any sense of grace or style.

Nothing looks as classy as a navy belted trench coat, and this Mint Velvet mac is no exception. Reasonably priced at €184, it looks fab teamed here with a red handbag (€45) and would look fantastic paired with jeans for a day's shopping.

If you want to make more of a style statement, this beautiful leopard print mac will certainly make you feel like the sun is shining. Costing €45 from Dunnes, it look great with the white dress, keeping the look simple and classic. To finish, just add a brolly - and a good sense of humour.