Racing raindrops on car windows, splashing through deep puddles, dreaming of being kissed in a storm. For some reason, so many idyllic and cherished moments in life are bathed in the idea of rain. The dreams may change as you grow older and your priorities may shift to watching the road instead of chasing droplets on glass or keeping your designer jeans dry over wading through trenches of water – but the fascination remains the same.
As someone who lives in North Rain City – Vancouver, British Columbia – I know that I’ve been blessed to go to sleep nearly every night to the soundtrack of falling rain outside my bedroom window. However, as I’ve grown up, I’ve had to find creative ways to circulate a wardrobe based on cloud coverage and at least a few milliliters of precipitation every day about eight months of the year – and on a budget. This wasn’t made easier by the fact that you can’t just subtract a few layers from traditional winter wear and expect it to double for rainy weather (you learn that the hard way with fur-trim boots under heavy showers). Here are my personal tips to dress for rainy weather.
This one may be pretty obvious and bring back awful memories of oversized rubber monstrosities like clunky ducks swallowing your feet, but it doesn’t have to be that way anymore, I swear!
But since I’m drawn to sales like a moth to a flame, I opt for Dav rainboots – a brand that specializes in rain luxury wear. When on sale, their boots hover in retail price within the $35.00-50.00 range. And when you’ve worn through your third pair of boots from broken seam uppers that leave your socks drenched – you’ll be thankful.
If, however, you did decide to go forego gumboots, picking up a decent fabric protector would be smart. For leather and suede, I’d recommend Kiwi products which you can pick up at any drugstore.
Below are my personal picks:
- Quilted Victoria Solid Champagne Rain Boot – $47.99
- Victoria Paisley Black Rain Boot – $44.99
- Victoria Houndstooth Gold Plum Rain Boot – $44.99
- English Snake Black Rain Boot – $49.99
- English Houndstooth Denim Brown Rain Boot – $39.99
2. Reversible Blazers
The boyfriend blazer has been a good friend to my wardrobe; dressing up a plain tee and jeans, adding dimension to a flowy dress or toning down outrageous printed tops. But investing in a couple reversible blazers is an excellent way of stretching out your rainwear since you can expect to be layering your outfits almost year-round.
This reversible idea doubles (man, I love puns) for other layering staples like sweaters, hoodies or cardigans. Being able to multiply (math jokes, I know, I’m a comedic genius) your layering potential when it’s drizzling outside is always a good option.
Bonus: When one side gets wet from a few stray droplets, you can reverse to the other side for a quick change.
- Cold Water Creek ‘Reversible Metro Jacket’ – $50.00 (50% off)
- Gypsy05 ‘Olivia Reversible Blazer’ – $77.00 (40% off)
If you have a quirky style or – like me – you’re a klutz on a budget who breaks umbrellas faster than she can buy them, bypass on solid prints and head towards the kid section. They’re smaller in size so they’re perfect for a girl on the go and often cheaper than “adult” umbrellas.
If waterproof animal shapes don’t do it for you, don’t just settle for a dull black umbrella to shield you from the rain, take this as an opportunity to get creative and accessorize. More often than not, a rainy wardrobe is a monochrome one. So to add colour, try bright shades to punch up your outfit and coordinate a more vibrant colour palette around your umbrella.
- Umbrella Heaven ‘Fifi Bambina Umbrella’ – £10.50
- Walmart ‘Elite Rain Clear Bubble Umbrella’ – $10.47 (assorted colours)
- Target ‘Rose Nautical Squares Mini Umbrella’ – $12.99
Not a day goes by that I stare at the monotonous swinging of my windshield wipers flicking away an onslaught of rain and I don’t dream about owning a Burberry trenchcoat. But when I come back down from the heavy grey clouds of expensive luxury wear I opt for cheaper finds from Charlotte Russe, Forever 21, J.C. Penney or Urban Outfitters.
To keep up with the layering trend, instead of going down the jeans route (denim can get dull by the fourth month of rain), try a pair of opaque tights, booties and a pencil skirt tucked under an oversized sweater.
- Charlotte Russe ‘Cinched Waist Trenchcoat – $39.99
- Charlotte Russe ‘Double Breasted Herringbone Trench Coat’ – $39.99
- Forever 21 ‘Ripstop Trench Coat’ – $24.80
So, what are your favourite ways to dress for rainy weather?