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6 Stylish Ways to Dress for the Rain

If the first thing you do in the morning is check your phone to determine a weather-appropriate outfit, you’re probably sorely disappointed when greeted with pictures of gray clouds and rain GIFs. Nasty weather can put a major damper on your wardrobe plans, and when you’d really like to wear your new mini skirt and lace-up flats, you will probably want to settle for some cute wellies and a parka. Luckily, rain gear can look just as chic when styled correctly. Here’s some outfit inspiration for a wet weather wardrobe that’s both functional and fabulous. 

Outdoor Adventurer


Mac coat


River Island zipper pants


If you’re the type who won’t let a little rain keep you from enjoying the great outdoors, you’ll need the proper attire to keep you comfortable and dry during a day of exploring. A stylish rain coat does double duty as a functional rain repellent while jeggings are comfortable and stretchy for a day of walking. Don’t forget a nylon backpack to keep your belongings safe and dry.

Rain Dancer


River Island gold dress


Brown jacket


Arizona lace up booties


The rain can really put a damper on a cute party outfit, so if you’re planning on traveling through wet weather to get to your evening soiree, make sure you keep yourself (and your clothes!) nice and dry. An oversized rain coat in a classic color is a great way to complement an elegant dress, while wedge booties make for sturdy stand-ins until you can switch to strappy heels. A glittery dress is a smart choice to mask any rain stains that may have found their way through during your travels.

Tough Runner


L L bean


Dorothy Perkins activewear shorts


NIKE leather shoes


Forever 21 accessory


No excuses: The rain doesn’t have to ruin your exercise plans if you’ve got the right attire. For a weather-proof run, pair a light, breathable rain jacket with fitted shorts that will be much more comfortable than sticky, wet leggings. Running shoes with a sturdy sole will protect against puddles and an arm band for your phone is a necessity.

Wet Weather Worker


Kensie above the knee dress


Jeffrey campbell bootie


Caslon summer shawl


Unfortunately, a downpour is not an adequate excuse for missing work, so when you’re faced with rain on your daily commute, a little advance planning will really pay off. A dress made of neoprene—a fabric often used for swimsuits—is a smart, chic choice for the office. Heeled rain booties are a great investment, as they’re stylish enough to wear all day, but super practical for wet walks. A light scarf will keep you warm and can double as a towel for dabbing away rain drops.

Soggy Sophomore


RVCA v neck tank


Pocket coat


Harrods dog print purse
$46 – harrods.com


When it’s raining cats and dogs, the thought of walking all the way across the quad to get to chem class is dreadful. Staying in bed is one option, but with a few wardrobe basics, you can make it there in comfort and style. Pair skinny jeans with tall rain boots and layer a fitted coat over a tank for a look that transitions from outdoors to indoors in a pinch. Don’t forget the waterproof tote to protect those expensive textbooks.

City Slicker


River Island blue jacket


Hunter rubber boots


Longchamp leather tote bag


Kate spade jewelry


One of the great things about living in the city is the ability to walk everywhere, but rain can make your daily walk a lot less enjoyable. Prepare yourself with tall, stylish rain boots and a cute hat that is a lot less cumbersome than an umbrella when dealing with public transportation and crowded streets. Also, a great nylon tote is an investment piece that you will use forever.