Last week I watched from my office window as the wind and rain pelted masses of hunched over pedestrians. They grabbed their hoods over their foreheads trying to avoid the unavoidable—wet weather. I was surprised that very few carried umbrellas. However, when they did their umbrellas were all black. There was a familiar theme in how everyone dressed for these less than sexy conditions—sports parka and hiking boots in colors that matched the stormy dark sky. I get it. It’s difficult to wrap your head around dressing in anything stylish when the conditions are bleak.
Is it that we don’t invest in a stylish raincoat because after all it doesn’t really make sense to dress up when it’s raining? Or is it that we have a Northface parka which will do just fine to protect us from the rain? Either way I would like to make an argument for being fashionable even when it pours.
Dark, damp, and depressing weather can do the same for your mood. My advice is to add a few key pieces to your wardrobe that will turn your day around. Remember never underestimate the power of dressing up on a miserable day.
Invest in a raincoat—a raincoat is a better investment than a rain jacket because when it pours you will have more coverage. If you are purchasing a raincoat for the first time go for a lighter-weight coat, one that you can layer with a sweater or a down jacket underneath your raincoat for extra warmth when the weather gets seriously frigid. The other reason to consider a lighter-weight raincoat is that you can wear it for several seasons.
Think about wearing lighter and brighter colors.
However, if you are looking for a raincoat with a heavier lining have a look at this one by Jane Post with down padding.
If you travel a lot this one by Rain is perfect for layering . It’s lightweight and is washable.
Prints are also a good option.
There is nothing worse than getting caught in a down pour and having to spend the better part of a day with wet feet. These rainbows are guaranteed to keep your feet dry.
The next time you are in the market for an umbrella choose one that will pull your outfit together.
Eat well, laugh a lot, and be chic!