Rain Day Gear has become increasingly fashionable in recent years. No more do you have to grab a plastic cap from the trunk of your car and head out into the downpour, and come home with soggy shoes and wet hair. With a few rain essentials, you look like you’ve stepped out of a fashion magazine, equipped and looking your best and all set for whatever the weather throws at you!
The trench – For men and women, you can’t beat a classic trench coat, in cloth or a blend of water-resistant or waterproof fibres. The trench coat is perfect for rain as well as all occasions where the weather is overcast, cool or drizzly. Select classic colours, beige, khaki, black, or go for a bright colour like red or bright aqua!
Make sure it is roomy enough to fit over a sweater or blazer, but fits properly so it doesn’t look like you borrowed it from you dad!
The wide-brimmed hat – A wide-brimmed hat that’s not too tight fitting keeps your hair dry and shields your face from the spray (protects make-up, also an essential considering). Choose a sturdy fabric, such as thick felt or fabric treated with serious waterproofing. Men, consider the Australian-style leather fedora worn by Crocodile Dundee.
The umbrella – Here is where you can make a statement. Consider an umbrella that is bright and unique to you. A black umbrella may be good for that business meeting but there are some great choices for every day use, including ones with famous paintings or great slogans.
The boots – Women: Go crazy when it comes to rain boots. There are so many cute rain boots out there today to fit any sense of style – and in every color — so you can walk confidently through puddles and mud. Your boots should be flat and knee high.
Men: You might want to stick with water resistant hiking boots, which work great with jeans and chinos. As a plus, they’re also very comfortable and a real classic.
Other tips to get you singing in the rain
- Coated jeans are a great choice because they have the look and feel of stretch leather, but the durability of denim. They certainly can withstand a splash or sprinkle on a rainy day. A good pair keeps their shape, and the skinny styles tuck nicely into rain boots.
- Don’t let your papers or belongings get soaked. Consider a waterproof bag that zips closed or a chic knapsack.
- Carry a travellers’ size of hair balm to sooth frizziness.
- And don’t be afraid to wear something bright and fun on a rainy day. Bad weather can be depressing, so why not wear something that spreads some cheer.