It can definitely be tough to dress for a rainy day.
From what type of material you can wear to how to stay dry without sacrificing style, dressing for the rainy season needs a little planning as everywhere is usually wet, dreary and gloomy.
As you can’t change the weather, you not only have to be prepared for it but you can also slay effortlessly and look like a bag of money as well.
We have put together some tips to guide you in your choice of clothes and accessories to ensure you put your best foot forward.
Most people go with dark colours on a rainy day, but don’t be scared to wear something bright and fun on a rainy day.
Bad weather can be depressing, so why not go out of your way to wear something non-depressing and cute?
Always carry an umbrella
It can be annoying to carry extra luggage around all day, but during the rainy season, an umbrella is your trusted friend. An umbrella is a must have this season except you love the feel of rain showering down on you.
Umbrella protects your hair, clothes and yourself from getting drenched by the rain so it gives you necessary protection.
Also note that some fancy umbrellas can’t withstand the force of the rain sometimes so get a sturdy one.
Instead of the boring black basic umbrellas, you can go stylish with different colors, prints and patterns.
Pick your outfit carefully
Be careful of the materials you wear in the rain. In case you didn’t know, suede and leather are off-limits in rain because water usually ruins them.
Don’t risk ruining your clothes and leave your favourite suede outfit at home.
It is important that you cover up nicely during this chilly season as you can protect yourself from flu and cold that comes with this season.
A good and fashionable way is to invest in sweaters of good fabrics.
It serves as a protective layer keeping your body warm and dry. Aside from protecting your clothes from getting drenched, a sweater, jacket or raincoat will serve as another layer to keep you warm.
A cardigan sweater is a great add-on, because it will fit perfectly underneath a bulky jacket and you can easily take it off if it gets too hot.
It is also advisable to keep your whitish clothes away especially jeans. Darker shades of jeans can be washed off easily.
Waterproof Handbags and Wallets
We all need to go about our daily activities and duties, and this doesn’t stop the rains. Leather and cloth-type purses, handbags do not go down well with rain.
You can’t leave home without your makeup, phone and other gadgets you may need for work or school.
You can go for big plastic totes and large colorful purses in attractive colours; transparent carry-alls are also a chic option for books, files and papers.
It’s the perfect rainy day accessory to protect your essentials during your commute and you can remove your leather bag when you get to your destination without damaging it.
Ladies, when rain falls, you won’t just be dealing with your clothes and accessories getting wet but also a messy face.
Always invest in waterproof makeup for this season. They keep your makeup intact before you step out and the rain catches up with you.
Also a lip moisturizer is an essential must have for everyone as it helps to moisturize and heal dry, chapped lips.
Apply at least two coats of waterproof mascara and eyeliner for staying power.
Tinted moisturizers, a cream blush and a good primer will ensure your makeup stays in place even on the wettest of days.
Rubber shoes are perfect for the rainy season.
They’re perfect because they do not in any way get affected by water and can be easily cleaned.
Rubber shoes or sandals can be worn anywhere, even to work! If you work, you can wear rubber shoes to work and change into your work shoes when you get into the office.
Water damages a lot of shoes and during the rainy season rubber sandals are best for easy cleaning.
Your rain boots can also come in very handy and avoid shoes with slippery soles to avoid falling on a wet surface.
Hair tends to get frizzy in the rain. To smoothen this out, always have an anti-frizz serum handy.
Hairspray /setting spray comes in handy as it helps to extend the lifespan of your hair and keep it locked in.
Braids are your best friends this period and if you get your weave wet, ensure you dry it as soon as possible to prevent odour and damage to it.
Source: The Guardian