Fashion isn’t presented in seasons because someone thought that was a neat way of doing it. Every season has different weather and the weather largely dictates what we wear on a daily basis. Everyone, regardless of how fashion inclined, knows there are certain standards when it comes to weather and what to wear. Although I can’t say I have never seen someone commit a sartorial crime, most people know to wear a coat when it is cold, shorts when it is warm, bright colors in the summer and warm colors in the winter. But there aren’t many fashion guidelines when it comes to rain.
Throw on a chunky scarf, a warm coat, a chic hat and, voilà, you have a cute outfit for a freezing cold day. Put on shorts, a white linen shirt, and cute sandals and you’re ready for a hot summer day. But, let’s face it, not many people manage to look stylish on a rainy day. No umbrella in the world can entirely protect you from a combination of rain and wind. Chances are, you’ll end up with your shoes, socks, and pants soaking wet, a dewy complexion, damp hair and, even worst, a damaged handbag.
If you live in an area where it rains very often and/or if you are willing to dedicate a large portion of your closet (and shopping budget) on rain gear, this post is not for you. But, if you are looking to have a back up plan for those rainy days that only turn up a few times a year, I think you’ll be interested in what I have to say.
My advice is to continue to invest in that wonderful closet of yours and only buy key, basic pieces to look the best you can on rainy days. By key and basic pieces, we mean pieces you can wear over every outfit so that it doesn’t clash with whatever you are wearing underneath. That way, you can plan your outfits whenever and however you want and only glance at the Weather app before you dash out the door. And if you see a rainy day ahead, you just need to rely on these four pieces.
Here’s a list of the items you should have handy in your closet, along with different options to fit different budgets.
Trench Coat: Trench coats are always a good idea when it rains. Especially long trench coats. They protect your clothes from the rain, but they also look great on every body type. They come in wildly different colors, lengths, materials, belts, shapes… but my heart still belongs to the basic tea length, khaki trench. It goes well with every outfit and is the perfect choice day or night.
Rain Boots: Call me boring but black rain boots are my favorite (especially if you’re only going to own one pair). These rain boots have a sort of equestrian inspired look that we love and they’re testament to the fact that you don’t need to look like you are about to go out gardening when all you’re trying to do is keep your feet (and bottom of your pants) dry on your commute to work. The rubber will surely keep your feet dry and, since they are matte, they almost don’t look like rubber at all. So wear these and, go ahead, go back to your childhood and feel free to jump into every puddle out there.
Bubble Umbrella: There’s just something about bubble umbrellas… If you don’t know what a bubble umbrella is, they’re basically a see-through umbrella, shaped like a dome that really, truly keep you dry. Most other umbrellas only seem to work when rain drops are coming straight down, but add a little bit of wind and, that’s it, you’re done. Your hair is damp, your make-up running and you officially look like a hot mess. There’s one more thing about regular umbrellas and the wind: they often break. As far as I’m concerned, you’d need to end up using a bubble umbrella in the middle of a hurricane for it to break. Their only downfall is that you can forget about sharing your precious umbrella space (wait… is it a downfall?). One person and one person only fits inside the dome. Yes, inside. That’s why they are see through, you don’t need to try to look where you’re going while also keeping your face dry like with most umbrellas. Instead, you stick your head in that bubble and see right through it.
Dear Rain: Regardless of weather, you’ll need to carry a handbag. I’ve already professed my love for bubble umbrellas, but their one downfall is that (like all other umbrellas) your poor handbag is on its own when it comes to staying dry [enter Dear Rain]. Dear Rain allows you to protect your handbag from the rain, while still showing it off (because of it’s see through material) and making a fashion statement with a note to the rain. It fits most handbags and goes with every rain outfit possible. So, go ahead, wear whatever purse you want, just make sure you have your Dear Rain in it for when rain strikes.
Here are a few links to our favorites of each: