Rainy Season Clothes: 7 Ways to Look Chic (and Stay Dry!)
One look outside and yep, it’s raining. Bleh. No matter which season it is, the rain can sneak up on us when we’re least prepared for it (aka when we’ve already picked out the perfect non-rain-friendly outfit). Rain is fun for so many things: splashing around in puddles, taking a woodsy hike, cozying up by the fire, movie marathons, and watching it fall from inside a warm place. But when it comes to fashion, it’s one of those things that trips us up more than anything else. How to look chic (and stay dry) during a downpour? Here’s seven simple rules you need to follow.
But First, Rain Boots
There’s a five-day rain spell in the forecast and your first thought is, “Ugh, do I finally have to buy those tall rubber boots that don’t breathe and look clunky.” Well, no. Unless you’re planning on walking in knee-high puddles, your best bet is a pair of matte Chelsea rain boots. They’re pretty much the exact same style as your cute, everyday ankle booties but they are completely rain proof. They even have the signature Chelsea elastic band at the top. No one will even know you’re wearing rain boots. So, if you’re not into changing your shoes when you get into work, this style is for you.
1. Buy a Rain Jacket
This is a key piece. Especially, if you’re like us, and you despise the umbrella. Yes, they come in cute colors and patterns, and can make a cool statement. But, try lugging your laptop around with a grande Americano, and texting, while holding an umbrella. Can’t. Be. Done. Go hands-free all the way. This means choosing a rain jacket that’s perfectly suited to the outside conditions. Our favorite is a long, water-repellent parka with a hood big enough to completely cover your head. It should have some weight to it, a flimsy anorak will not do. This way you can protect your outfit and your handbag underneath. Other great options include a trench coat or bomber jacket.
2. Pick Dark Colors
Because the puddle will be stepped in, no matter how hard you try to avoid it, and the inevitable drop or two of muddy water will make its way on to your clothes and shoes. Dark colors tend to hide spots and stains better than light colors, and they’re less transparent when they get wet. The most important piece to choose in a dark color is pants. The perfect, below-the-waist pieces for a puddle-strewn street: A pair of cropped black pants or coated, dark denim paired with your Chelsea rain boots. Let it rain.
3. Try Synthetic Fabrics
We’re huge proponents of natural, breathable fabrics around here. But when it comes to gearing up for the rain, we keep our cotton, silk, linen, and wool inside. Unless they are layered safely under sweaters or a jacket. If you love leggings, try switching from a cotton pair to pair made from Lycra or nylon. Your activewear leggings are perfect in inclement weather. Fast-drying, opaque, comfortable. Try them under a dress instead of tights. If you usually wear wool trousers, try ponte or a blend of polyester and rayon instead. These materials tend to be lightweight, so they won’t weigh you down if they get damp.
4. Wear Slim Fit or Cropped Pants
While more coverage tends to be better, this rule doesn’t necessarily apply to pants or trousers. Long, flowy pants or flare jeans that brush the ground are more likely to collect mud and rainwater. Keep pants short and cropped. These types of pants also look the best with ankle boots, so definitely, no knee-length rain boots here.
5. Choose Skirts and Dresses
If it’s a light rain in the springtime, you can definitely wear your dresses and skirts. Just remember the rules above: choose dark colors and sturdier fabrics. Cotton sundresses are best saved for warm summer days. If you want to cover your legs, just pair with fast-drying leggings instead of tights. Skirt and dresses look equally cute with tall boots and ankle boots, so if you already have a pair of tall wellies, this is the time to rock them.
6. Get a Hold-Everything Handbag
With rain, comes gear. Even for the most minimalist among us, you’ll need a bag big enough to carry your daily essentials (see below). Great options include a water-repellant satchel, a roomy tote, or a sturdy backpack. One of the most important considerations when choosing a bag is how well it protects your belongings from the rain, especially your laptop and headphones.
7. Don’t Forget the Extras
A guide to dressing in the rain wouldn’t be complete with mentioning your hair. One of the trickiest things to deal with for sure, you always want to protect your blowout or curls without worrying about frizz. This is where the beanie comes in. Always have one in your bag, just in case it starts to sprinkle. Another easy thing you can do is to keep a cheap, plastic poncho in your bag for rainy day emergencies. They fold up to the size of a wallet and you can get them for $1 at your local hardware store. You never know when you might get caught in the rain and you always want to be prepared.
Tell us in the comments section, what’s your rainy-day accessory you can’t go without?