They say that April showers bring May flowers. Which is great an all, if it would actually stop raining in May! The weather here has been quite nice lately but it’s forecast to rain the entire next week. I don’t normally check the weather on my phone app and don’t find out that it’s raining until I open up the blinds in the morning. If it is raining, I usually just grab an umbrella as I’m running out the door for work. But I don’t actually dress for the rainy weather. I do actually want to look nice an put together even when it’s down pouring so, I was inspired to write a post about how you can still have a cute outfit even when it’s raining outside.
Usually, when I see that it’s raining outside I dress more for warmth and comfort over style. This is because when it’s raining, it’s usually cold, my hair is frizzy, I’ll be wearing an unflattering jacket and big rain boots. It can definitely be difficult to dress for a rainy day because there are so many things to you have to think about. You have to think about what rain boots will go with the outfit you are planning that day, what material clothing you’re going to wear (no suede), and you have to remember to grab your umbrella, hat, and rain jacket. But don’t worry it’s a lot easier than most people think to stay dry without sacrificing style. Here are some rainy day fashion tips to help you stay warm and dry and be fashionable!
GET A CUTE PAIR OF RAIN BOOTS
For a long time, I didn’t own rain boots. I just wore my normal shoes outside and hoped that they didn’t get to wet. By the time I went to college and really needed waterproof shoes, I bought a pair of small Tommy Hilfiger boots. They were this ugly forest green and they barely matched to any of my outfits. So for the last couple of years, I have been on a mission to find cute and practical rain boots. A cute pair of boots is the key to your rainy day outfit. There are a few different styles and brands that make cute boots but I really like Hunter boots. I’ll wear them with my jeans and knee-high socks tucked into them if the weather is cold or with a cute dress in the spring and summer. Rain boots come in every color imaginable so you can really go all out with matching them to your clothing. I own a black, red, and blue pair of boots, but wear the black pair the most!
GET A HAT
I have a rule – if it’s raining, don’t put too much effort into your hair. I made this rule after countless times of straitening my hair and then having it get all frizzy and curly because of the rain. Now I usually just have a hooded rain jacket and put that over my head, but if the weather is really bad I’ll opt-in for in for an actual hat. I’ll wear a baseball cap In the spring, a floppy hat in the summer, and a knit hat in the fall and winter.
BUY A GOOD UMBRELLA
I have a couple of different umbrellas so that I can match it to my outfit. I know it sounds silly but a cute umbrella can be an accessory to your outfit. There are a lot of fun and inexpensive umbrellas available at Target, Old Navy, and Wal-Mart. You don’t have to spend too much on one either, I think mine was $7 from Target and it’s lasting a long time (if you don’t lose them!). You can buy a solid black umbrella that goes with every outfit, or you can buy a bright colored one like mine! I own a black, yellow, and blue umbrella, and used to own a clear bubble one before I left it someplace accidentally.
STYLE YOUR OUTFIT AROUND YOUR RAINCOAT
The raincoat that I used to wear whenever it rained was this hideous oversized jacket that I got from my days as a lifeguard. I called it the “blueberry” jacket because that’s what I looked like when I wore it. I have since retired that jacket and moved on to much more flattering and cute rain jackets. The pink one pictured above is my current favorite. It’s from Nordstrom Rack and I wear it all the time! Not only is it the perfect rain jacket but you can also roll up the hood and zip it away to convert the jacket into a cute spring coat. It’s great for when it’s a little chilly outside. I will style my entire outfit around the jacket because I want to make sure that it all matches. Rain jackets tend to make your look sportier, so I try to stick to wearing either leggings or jeans and saving skirts and dresses for warmer days. A classic trench coat is also always perfect for rainy weather.