It’s official: the monsoon has hit the bay! While puddle-soaked sneakers and potholes are recurring nightmares, here’s our sartorial hit-list to keep you looking chic despite them. Drizzle or downpour, you won’t have to sacrifice cute outfits to the weather gods ever again, we promise. Scroll down to rain-proof your closet.
Beat the chills this monsoon with a layer or two. Add drama to mix up muted formals with a printed scarf. Animal patterns are sure-shot winners while loud motifs bring to life even the most boring outfits. Over a crisp shirt, opt for a complementing palette to keep warm. Trade in thicker materials for quick-to-dry, easy-to-breathe fabrics. Polyester, cotton, mull and silk work wonders.
Quick Hack: Grab The Blur Store Red Green Cheetah Scarf or The Blur Store Green Yellow Striped Scarf while the stock lasts.
STEP IN STYLE
Strike a pose with a killer pair of knee-high rubber wellies aka gumboots to brave the dampness. Go in for eccentric prints, floral patterns or even translucent booties to add a dash of whimsy. And if you’re feeling a little more experimental, ape Kim K’s transparent trend, or be more fashion-forward like younger sister Kenny J. Remember to swap in suede and leather for the more versatile plastics.
Quick Hack: Rub a candle all over your favorite sneakers before melting the wax with a hair dryer, et voila! Waterproof kicks in under a minute.
UNDER AN UMBRELLA
Black, be gone: the color was on trend five seasons ago! Welcome to the world of colors every shade of the rainbow. If that doesn’t catch your fancy, how about cute graphics, lace or even stripes? Trust the designers at Milan Fashion Week to show you how to work the bare essential even when it’s completely sheer.
Quick Hack: Stay clear of heavily printed designs and bold hues. Instead, opt for a clear piece as an accessory to add oomph to coordinated outfits.
Say hello to your BFF of the season, a reliable raincoat. Updated to appeal to the modern woman on-the-go, this childhood favorite just got a stylish makeover. Choose from downright transparent, to lightly lined silhouettes, as you strut through the rains, winds and whatever else comes your way. Still smitten by the holographic bug? We’ve got you covered, too.
Quick Hack: Invest in a lightly-lined trench coat in basic shades such as hunter green, navy blue or stark black if you’re the kind who’s prone to catching a cold.
Trade in classic floor-length denims for shorter counterparts. Even in B-Town, every celebrity is showing off their calves this season, and for good reason. Think culottes, midi skirts, dungarees and even ankle-length trousers as you prep for work. It’s best to wade through unpleasant waters bare-calved. Have a look-see below for some serious business-casual style inspo.
Quick Hack: Turn any trousers inside out, and fold away till the ankles. Use bobby pins to secure the tucks and you’ll have your very own shortened pants.