In light, or rather in gloom, of the rainy days we've been having around the country, I thought I'd take the opportunity to tell you some of my favorite ways to make a splash with your rainy day duds. Follow these four simple steps to go from drenched and miserable to comfortable and fashionable.
1.) the right pair of rain boots make all the difference
One of the most important things to remember when getting dressed for a full day of rainy weather is to keep your socks dry at all cost. Nothing is more uncomfortable and smelly than some moist, midday tweeds, so protect them with some high-quality boots. Find a pair that reflect your style, but still hold up in relentless showers. Keep simplicity and practicality in mind when scanning the shelves, as very few investment pieces should be bright and bold when you're shopping on a budget. I highly recommend getting a pair of Blundstone's Original 500 series. I purchased the 510s and I'm in love! They're extremely comfortable, and they hold up very well in all kinds of weather. Whatever pair you decide to get, make sure they're substantial and classic.
2.) I like my umbrella big, black, and beautiful
It goes without question that you need an umbrella on a rainy day, but the quickest way to ruin a nice outfit is a tacky umbrella. Nothing looks more dejected and wistful than a disheveled umbrella on the side of the street, so keep quality in mind when looking for the right one. This doesn't mean you have to spend your whole paycheck, but you will thank yourself for investing in a sturdy umbrella when you see somebody walking down 5th Avenue with a contorted umbrella and a face that shows you just how their day is going. While I would have loved to buy Burberry's latest check-lined folding umbrella, $295 seemed a bit ridiculous, so I decided to compromise, and I purchased Totes Auto Open Wood Stick Umbrella in solid black, for a cool $16! It delivers on the quality, and gives the look of elegance and sophistication without the matching price tag. Mixing high-end pieces with budget-friendly accessories is a great way to give your credit cards a rest, while not sacrificing your style and integrity.
3.) the coat that makes your life complete
Anyone who has met me can tell you that I love coats! It's no secret that a native Arizona boy turned New Yorker, like me, gets a bit chilly from time to time in the big city. To elevate my style, I invest in solid coats and jackets that give me superior warmth and comfort, but also make me feel and look like a million bucks. When it comes to rainy days, a raincoat is a must-have for all you fashionistas out there. I decided to return to my English roots, and after months and months of saving and pinching pennies, I finally purchased my Burberry Sandringham Short Heritage Trench Coat. I've been obsessed with this coat ever since I first tried it on two years ago, and while I'm not insinuating that everyone needs to drop $2,000 a coat, it was well worth it for me. Over everything else, find that special coat that motivates you to deliver more than your best every single day.
4.) shorts in the rain... seriously???
Yes! Don't be afraid to rock your favorite pair of shorts, or even a funky dress, with your sleek black boots. This, again, highlights the importance of getting some simple and versatile rain boots. Having the ability to easy pair your new boots with shorts, skirts, dresses, or even rolled-up slacks, gives you more time to enjoy the rainy weather with some friends. No longer will you be worried about what to wear when the thunder rolls, but rather, you might just find yourself wishing for some more rainy days in the upcoming forecasts.
Thanks for reading, and as always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, comment below! Enjoy the rain!