Being a Londoner, you would think I would be able to dress for the rain. Unfortunately, you are wrong. I struggle to put an outfit together that can successfully protect me from the downpour while maintaining my fashion prowess.
Albeit there are some days where I get the balance between fashion and waterproofing right. But there are other days where I fail miserably turning up to work resembling a wet rat. Through my fails, I am still determined to crack the code for dressing for the rain.
Here goes nothing. These are my tips on how to dress for the rain.
1. INVEST IN A QUALITY UMBRELLA
The dilemma with buying a good quality umbrella is dealing with the fact that it can be misplaced so easily. When you enter a restaurant or travel on public transport, you have no choice but to leave it on the floor — an easy target for a forgetful mind.
For this reason, many people give it up and go for the cheap umbrella option. My advice is to invest in an umbrella that’s not too cheap and still affordable that can handle a bit of wind and rain and can automatically fold.
2. WEAR A RAINCOAT
As I write this, I am wearing a cashmere-blend coat (not precisely an appropriate raincoat). While I have the warmth, any natural fibre will be a soaking ground for rain.
Wear a raincoat. A parka is a great choice, or even a wax jacket or a waterproof trench. Any option that is built to allow the rain to slide off without soaking into the fabric.
3. WEAR DARK COLOURS
Wearing dark colours will conceal the fact that you have spots of rain decorating your clothes. Colours like white, cream and bright colours will showcase every raindrop.
4. WEAR A WATERPROOF BAG
Your bag plays a vital role when it rains, keeping your belongings dry. There is no point housing your valuables in a flimsy cotton canvas bag that will invite the rain to soak everything in your bag.
5. WEAR APPROPRIATE FOOTWEAR
For footwear, I draw a blank. I have been on the search to find the most appropriate rain-proof footwear.
Wellies are perfect, but they are for festivals, not the city. Walking boots are for walking. But they are trending now so maybe walking boots? But what happens when you work in the city? Patent loafers perhaps? As the leather is protected with a layer of plastic?
The only rule I have with footwear is staying clear of leather, suede, mesh and fabric which rules out so many options. Just wear a plastic bag over your feet.
What are some of your tips on how to dress for the rain?