Dressing for rainy days is tricky enough, but throw heat and humidity into the mix and even more confusion arises. Any motivation to put together a fashionable outfit on gloomy mornings decreases exponentially. But with the right inspiration, navigating what to wear on a hot and humid rainy day doesn't have to mean compromising style. Read: Don’t let the non-stop rain of summer 2021 keep you from looking your best.
Gone are the days when raincoats were solely functional. Today, raincoats are a chic outerwear option that you may not feel you have enough opportunities to break out. As it turns out, transparent PVC coats allow you to showcase a great look underneath. Luckily, contemporary brands like Rains and Stutterheim have adapted technical wear to feel cooler than ever before.
And besides arming yourself with stylish outerwear, don't forget the importance of accessories. Since you'll want to keep layers breathable and light, your shoes, hat, or umbrella can make all the difference. Consider a vinyl bucket hat to keep your whole head covered while staying on trend for the summer. Or a printed umbrella, which can double as a photo prop, if that's your style.
The influencer set is the source of endless style inspiration no matter the weather, and New York City-based influencer Serena Goh has a few go-to pieces in her wardrobe that help her combat any rainy summer day. "I'll wear any of my usual looks under a Stutterheim raincoat and always throw in a pair of Hunter ankle rain boots to keep my feet dry," Goh tells TZR. (She knows a thing or two about dressing for summer's dreary, steamy days as evidenced by her collection of trench coats.)
Because the weather is notoriously hard to predict, having staple rain pieces and outfit formulas to create are both essential this time of year. Ahead, find 13 ways to dress for hot, rainy summer days while remaining entirely fashionable.
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Carry the slime green trend into your rain gear this summer. Let the rest of your look remain casual with a plain top and a pair of light denim jeans to put all eyes on your bold coat.
When it’s not a torrential downpour, stick to your go-to summery staples and finish off 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. To help stay chipper, opt for rain gear in bright, joyful colors.
Keep your look summery with a bandana tank top and light wash jeans, and when the rain comes down complete the look with a black patent trench coat. White vinyl boots are surprisingly good for navigating damn streets dirt-free.
Showcase Your Top
You don't have to sacrifice a stylish outfit on rainy days: Instead, go for a transparent raincoat, which can frame your whole look. If you finish the look with a heel — 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 will add a minimalist twist to anything you wear underneath. For shoes, consider leather high-knee silhouette, which is a more fashion-forward alternative to a rain boot.
Elevated Rain Gear
Rather than your traditional rainy day staples, pull out a glossy jacket and leather boots. The pieces pair well with everything from an oversized boyfriend shirt to denim shorts and a tank.
Keep On Your Heels
Though they certainly aren't waterproof, don’t be afraid to go for cute kitten heels on those light drizzle days. To do this, make sure you have on a long raincoat and umbrella in your hand.
Hot Weather Staples
Yes, you can still sport your favorite hot weather staples even on rainy days. The key to this is throwing on a trench coat and having an umbrella with you at all times.
Keep It Casual
A trench coat can easily dress up your whole look, so wear it atop comfortable sweats and sneakers to make your rainy day outfit effortlessly cool.
Anyone who has ever had jeans stick to their body after an unexpected downpour knows how uncomfortable it can be. Instead, opt for baggy, loose-fit jeans to avoid it. If the hemline risks dragging on the damp ground, try cuffing them to ankle height. Then, finish off your jeans and white tee with a cool clear coat and white flats.
Tank Top Season
Wearing a tank top in the rain is possible; just throw on a raincoat to stay dry. Complete the summer-approved outfit with a pair of cutoff denim shorts and conquer the day.
Don't let the rain stop you from missing your workout. Coordinate your athleisure wear with a waterproof bucket hat, raincoat, and a pair of on-trend hiking boots to get your sweat on.
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