Rainy days are notoriously full of fashion dilemmas: What shoes to wear with long wide-leg trousers? Will this coat still look good when the drizzle stops? Is there a functional umbrella that fits in a purse? But figuring out what to wear on a hot rainy day is a particularly tricky conundrum, albeit not an impossible task. All you need to create a workable look are chic-yet-practical pieces and the styling know-how to put them together (and somewhere to go with good AC because, hey, PVC and humidity is going to be what it’s going to be).
Gone are the days when raincoats were solely about functionality. Today, they’re a covetable outerwear option, thanks to brands like Rains and Stutterheim. As it turns out, you can still showcase a great summer look underneath a transparent coat or timeless trench And besides arming yourself with stylish outerwear, don't forget the importance of accessories. And since you'll want to keep layers breathable and light, your shoes, hat, or umbrella can make all the difference. For instance, consider a bucket hat to keep your whole head covered while staying on trend for the summer.
Because the forecast is notoriously hard to predict, having staple rain pieces to plug into a few outfit formulas are essential this time of year. Ahead, find 16 ways to dress for warm and wet summer days and still look amazing.
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A nylon raincoat is a godsend on those never-ending rainy days. Choose a luxe style, for instance, Bassike’s twill mustard-colored coat (shop below), and finish off the look with a vivid heel for a dose of color.
As it turns out, a chic raincoat can actually bring your whole look up a level. Opt for a playful printed option that will instantly dress up your denim shorts and boot combo.
For a more memorable look, consider swapping traditional black and navy for bold summery shades. For example, go for a raincoat in a cool green hue, and then marry the jacket with baby blue trousers — it’s unexpected but totally works.
Despite the rainy weather, you can still sport a trendy pair of Bermuda shorts this summer. All you have to do is pair them up with rain boots — like Bottega Veneta’s cult-favorite Puddle Boots — and an umbrella and you’re good to go.
Lime green and rain gear? Sounds suspect but it’s actually quite cool. Let the rest of your ensemble remain casual with a plain top and a pair of vintage-y jeans to put all eyes on your bold coat.
When it’s not a torrential downpour, finish off you go-to summery staples with a trench coat on top. Pro tip: If you have room in your purse, throw in a vinyl bucket hat just in case.
Just because the weather is gloomy doesn’t mean your outfit has to be. For an instant mood boast, go for rain gear in bright, joyful colors.
Keep your look summer-ready with a bandana tank top and light wash jeans, and just throw on a black patent trench coat if it drizzles. And while white vinyl boots may sound like an impractical option, they’re surprisingly easy to wipe off when dirty.
Showcase Your Top
Don’t underestimate the power of a transparent raincoat to elevate your whole look, whatever it may be. And feel free to finish the outfit with a heel — but just make sure to be on the lookout for puddles.
Rely On A Trench Coat
Skip the raincoat and go for a short trench instead. The timeless piece will keep you dry and add a minimalist twist to anything you wear underneath. For shoes, consider patent high-knee silhouette, which is a more fashion-forward alternative to a traditional rain boot.
Rather than your traditional rainy day staples, pull out a glossy jacket and leather boots (the material is pretty water resistant, although you may want to reserve this suggestion for light drizzles as opposed to full-on downpours). The pieces pair well with everything from an oversized boyfriend shirt to denim shorts and a tank.
Keep Your Heels On
Though they certainly aren't waterproof, don’t be afraid to go for slide sandals on misty, drizzly days — the key is to wear them with a long, almost floor-length trench to for a little extra protection from the damp conditions.
So the weather is gross and all you want to wear are sweats — no problem. Just throw a classic khaki trench on top and it will immediately make you loungewear seem elegant.
Anyone who has ever had jeans stick to their body after an unexpected downpour knows how uncomfortable it can be. The solution? Looser-fit cropped styles.. Finish off with ankle boots and a colorful raincoat to keep you dry and stylish.
Tank Top Season
Yes, wearing a tank top in the rain is possible! You just need to throw a raincoat on top (or, you know, get soaked and embrace the Garden State-ness of it all). Complete the summer-approved outfit with a pair of cutoff denim shorts and conquer the day.
Don't let the rain stop you from your fitness routine. Coordinate your athleisure wear with a waterproof bucket hat, raincoat, and a pair of on-trend hiking boots and get your sweat on.
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