With the saying “March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers” quickly approaching us and becoming fact, it’s time to start rethinking our rainy day wardrobe. Although the classic oversized sweatshirt, leggings, and rain boots look has been tested, tried, and true, it’s not always appropriate to wear to places (such as work), and the overly casual look can definitely get a little boring — especially if you live somewhere where it’s in a constant state of rainfall. To give you some inspiration for creating more polished, elevated rainy day ensembles, here are the do’s and don’ts of dressing for the rain.
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Depending on the time of year or what the climate is like where you live, rainy days can be somewhat unpredictable, so it’s always a good idea to build your outfit with a few layers. This way you can be prepared if or when it becomes chillier, warmer, wetter, or drier.
For example, you can start off by sliding into some tights, then tucking in a tank top into a high-waisted skirt, throwing on a cardigan, throwing on a scarf, and then pulling the look together with a trench coat. You’ll then be ready for both the torrential downpour and the sunny day!
Wear a long, waterproof or water-repellent jacket that complements your wardrobe
Our dear friend, umbrella, can’t protect us from everything, so a long jacket is a must-have item for miserable, rainy days. The length of the jacket offers more coverage and will protect your thighs from getting saturated by the rainfall.
Another important note to make is that there are key differences in between water-resistant, water-repellent, and waterproof jackets. Water-resistant jackets resist some water, but do not offer full protection, thus, they are not ideal if you live in an area where heavy rainfall is prevalent. Water-repellent is a step up from water resistant and has a good chance of withstanding above-average rain exposure. Waterproof jackets provide the highest amount of water protection and would be the best option for those who live in very rainy areas.
Wear waterproof makeup
There’s nothing more bothersome than being caught in the teensiest amount of rain and still have mascara running down your face. To avoid looking like you’ve dressed up as a sad clown for Halloween, opt for a full face of waterproof makeup to make sure your cosmetics stay in tact all day long.
Opt for gloomy colours
Although it may be tempting to wear grey clothes in grey weather, rainy days are actually the perfect opportunity and excuse to play dress up.
White or very light coloured clothing is probably best kept away for clear skies and all day sun, but bold, deeper colours like reds, purples, and oranges are definitely not off limits on a rainy day.
In fact, adding vivid hues to your wardrobe is sure to add some flare into your day and brighten up your mood.
Boldly-hued pieces to incorporate into your wardrobe: Oscar de la Renta Stretch Wool Boyfriend Blazer, Bernardo Footwear Paige Rain Boot, Marc Jacobs The Grind Mini Colorblock Leather Tote
Heavy fabrics like denim take a long time to dry off when wet and will leave you feeling unpleasantly damp and uncomfortable for the rest of your day.
To avoid this irksome feeling, opt for lightweight trousers made of polyester or nylon, as these will dry much quicker than other fabrics when wet.
Neglect your hair
On a day of persistent rain, it’s best that those with medium to long hair opt for a bun. This simple hairstyle will keep your hair tucked away from the inclement weather and you won’t have to worry too much about touchups.