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What to Wear on a Rainy Day

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With the June gloom we’ve been experiencing across the US recently, I’ve received tons of emails from you guys wanting outfit ideas for rainy days.

It can definitely be tough to dress for a rainy day because there are so many things to consider. From what type of material you can wear (suede shoes are a no-go) to how to stay dry without sacrificing style, dressing well when it’s rainy out requires a little planning in advance.

Don’t worry, though! It’s easier than most people think to dress for a rainy day. Here are some rainy day fashion tips, as well as six outfit ideas for rainy days.

Rainy Day Fashion Tips

* Add color! Don’t be scared to wear something bright and fun on a rainy day. Bad weather can be depressing, so why not go out of your way to wear something non-depressing and cute?

* A cute umbrella can be an accessory. There are so many adorable and cheap umbrellas available at stores like Target, so there’s really no excuse to stick to basic black. Buy a couple in your favorite colors if you live in a really rainy area and use them to add color to your look.

* Kids umbrellas are cheap, cute, and perfect for one person. I mentioned this in my article 25 Fashion & Style Tips to Brighten Your Day as well, and though I’d repeat the tip here. Why not save a little cash, have some fun, and buy a really ridiculous kids umbrella?

* Don’t spend a lot on an umbrella. If you’re anything like me, you’ve lost more umbrellas than you care to remember. That’s why you should never spend much on them. Even if you aren’t prone to misplacing them, umbrellas still aren’t investment pieces – you don’t use them every day! So buy a cute one from Target and pleeeease skip the $250 Burberry version.

* A classic trench coat is always perfect for rainy weather. There aren’t many inexpensive and cute trenches in stores right now as it’s summer, so I didn’t include many in the outfits below. But that doesn’t mean I don’t love them! The trench coat is SUCH a classic & essential piece that’s perfect for all occasions and especially rainy days.

* Be careful of the materials you wear in rain. I’m sure you probably know this already, but just in case… Suede is off-limits in rain because water usually ruins it, and leather that hasn’t been treated with a protectant can easily be damaged by water as well. Don’t risk ruining your clothes – go with rubber, pleather, or protectant-treated leather shoes in rain and leave your favorite suede handbag at home.

* At the same time, don’t worry too much about a 100% waterproof jacket. If you plan ahead and have your umbrella on hand, your jacket won’t get wet enough for waterproofing to matter.

* Go crazy when it comes to rain boots. There are so many cute rain boots out there today to fit any sense of style – they literally come in every color under the sun. Have fun and find a pair you love! Much like umbrellas, you can go completely nuts with your rain boots and no one will mind.

6 Rainy Day Outfit Ideas

* Outfit #1

When it rains in the summer, you can get away with rain boots paired with shorts, a tee, and cardigan. By forgoing jeans in favor of shorts, you avoid having soaked pants all day. In the outfit below, I added some color with a bright scarf.

Rainy Day Outfit

Product Information: Cardigan – Forever 21, Tie-Dye Scarf – Aeropostale, Tee Shirt – American Eagle, Denim Cutoffs – Pacsun.com, Umbrella – Target, Rain Boots – Gabrielle Rocha, available at Zappos.com

* Outfit #2

The inspiration for this look came about when I found the adorable umbrella with an NYC subway sign print and had to find a way to include it in an outfit! A plain black dress becomes more interesting layered under a mustard jacket (worn unzipped, of course), and pair of ultra trendy green Doc Martens.

What to wear on a rainy day

Product Information: NYC Subway Sign Umbrella – Target, Dress and Jacket – Forever 21, Green Patent Doc Martens – Zappos.com

* Outfit #3

This outfit would be perfect for a day when it’s REALLY raining. The jacket is a “Pac-a-Poncho” from TopShop, so it’s super waterproof. But unlike the typical ugly yellow poncho, this one actually has style. When paired with neutral grey rain boots and a bubble umbrella with a hint of pink, the overall look is functional and cute at the same time.

Rainy day fashion

Product Information: Rain Boots – Target, Pac-a-Poncho – TopShop, Skinny Jeans – Charlotte Russe, Clear Bubble Umbrella – Target

* Outfit #4

For those of you who love a classic trench coat, you can keep your rainy day outfit simple by pairing your trench with jeans, and bright rain boots of your choice. Honestly, that’s all you need. The heart shaped umbrella, of course, is a cute extra.

Rainy day outfits

Product Information: Trench Coat – Miss Selfridge, Skinny Jeans – American Eagle, Heart Shaped Umbrella – Umbrellaheaven.com, Polka Dot Rain Boots – Target

* Outfit #5

If you’re not the type to rock a typical rain boot, you can always wear regular boots with a bit of a heel. Layering a pretty, summery dress under a long-sleeved cardigan and 3/4 sleeve jacket will add dimension to your outfit as well as keep you dry. Add black tights and a simple umbrella and you’re set!

What to wear in the rain

Product Information: Umbrella – TopShop, Jacket – Newlook.co.uk, Cardigan – TopShop, Boots – Nine West, available at Zappos.com, Dress – Pacsun.com, Footless Tights – TopShop

* Outfit #6

Here’s a very simple outfit that you could throw on in 5 seconds and wear on a rainy summer day. A striped dress is a step above basic layered under a classic denim jacket. I added some cute pink rain boots, because, well, why not? If pink’s not your thing, you could always wear some basic black motorcycle boots instead. Oh, and how great is the cloud umbrella? Completely genius if you ask me.

Rainy day clothes

Product Information: Denim Jacket – TopShop, Striped Tunic – TopShop, Umbrella – Target, Rain Boots – Tretorn Skerry, available at Zappos.com

What do you wear on rainy days?

Those are just some of my ideas for rainy day outfit possibilities. I’m sure you all have even better ideas for what to wear when the weather is bad!

So what do you usually wear on rainy days? Do you normally dress in dark colors or do you make an effort to brighten up the day with your outfit? Do you wear jeans or stick to skirts and shorts during the summer?

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66 Responses to “What to Wear on a Rainy Day”

  1. 1
    June 24th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Cute suggestions! I especially like that you added a sweater or jacket for everything, because I do find it can sometimes get pretty cold during the rain, even on a fairly warm day.

  2. 2
    June 24th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    OMG. These outfits are really cute. I love the one with the yellow jacket.
    Like you said, adding color is a must to me. When I add color to my rainy day outfit I don’t feel all gloomy and down. I love the rain and this a cute way to enjoy your day.

  3. 3
    June 25th, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Moving from Los Angeles to Portland threw me for a loop, so thank you for this post! I’m definitely not used to rain, especially driving in it or dressing for it, so this is a huge help. Luckily our rainy season is over for the few months.

    Natalie

  4. 4
    June 25th, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Oh almost forgot, on rainy days I definitely punch up the colors! I still need to find some rainboots that I love, since the ones I have right now are brown and just downright ugly. That’s what happens when you wait until the day of a huge outdoor music festival to buy your rain boots. I got one of the last pairs in the whole city! LOL

  5. 5
    June 25th, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Wow I’m impressed with this post. Usually you go for more classic, tame outfits. I like to see this blog explore trendier and more fashion forward posts. Cudos!

  6. 6
    June 25th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    I love these inspirational outfits!

  7. 7
    June 25th, 2009 at 2:39 am

    i love all your post image headings, very stylish & professional looking!:)

    also, I need to find a tiny umbrella to bring with me while I travel.. thanks for the tips!

  8. 8
    June 25th, 2009 at 6:42 am

    I love the outfit with the trench coat! But that’s sort of my style. Classic, functional, with a cute umbrella. Sounds boring, but I can totally pull it off! That’s just how I roll

  9. 9
    June 25th, 2009 at 8:28 am

    I love these suggestions! I live in Pittsburgh and will be going to Pitt in the fall, and I believe we’re very close to Seattle as far as the number of rainy days we have per year. Definitely a useful post! I’ll be passing this on.

  10. 10
    June 25th, 2009 at 8:33 am

    I love the pac-a-poncho you featured! But on the site, it only has it in apricot. Where’d you find it in blue?

  11. 11
    June 25th, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Ahhh cute heart shaped umbrella! I definitely want….

  12. 12
    June 25th, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Awesome post! My fav outfit is the first one! LOVE the tie-dye scarf! I think it’s fun doing blah-colored outfits with just one pop of color!

  13. 13
    June 25th, 2009 at 10:24 am

    Yay, glad you all like the post! :)

    OMG – Ah, I checked the site and it must be sold out! Sometimes I do the outfits for these types of posts in advance, so it must have sold out of the blue in the few days in between when I picked the outfit and when I posted this. Sorry about that!

  14. 14
    June 25th, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Love this!!

  15. 15
    June 25th, 2009 at 11:27 am

    I love, love, LOVE Outfit #4 but I can’t find the trench coat anywhere on the website! Help please!

  16. 16
    June 25th, 2009 at 11:37 am

    I love this post! I go to school in GA so it rains ALot and I hate having to sacrifice style in order for me to not be soaked when walking to classes. Thank you!

  17. 17
    June 25th, 2009 at 11:45 am

    I LOVE outfit number 1, it’s so cute!
    and outfit number 5 is perfect if you want to dress it up a little bit, or if your heading out on a date, and the weather decides to work against you…
    Thanks<3

  18. 18
    June 25th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Oooh, I really love outfit 5! (: It’s simply adorable!

    xooooxoxo

  19. 19
    June 25th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Absolutely what i needed!! Thanx!

  20. 20
    June 25th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    I always love to wear colours when it rains, and here in Hamburg (north of Germany) it is really necessary to possess rainproof clothes.

    I have a cute raincoat, white with bright green apples on it and black white polka dot rainboots, I love them! Unfortunately the boots are old and used and I get wet feet when it rains a lot, so I’m looking for cute new ones.

    Thanks for the post, great work!

  21. 21
    June 25th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    This post is really awesome. Since it keeps raining these days where I live, I was truly glad to find this article. I think the fact that you actually put images with every outfit’s description makes this post even better. Thanks a lot !!

  22. 22
    June 25th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    I live in England, so we get A LOT of rain. This is a really useful article for me. I love outfit 4. Its so cool and casual

  23. 23
    June 25th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    When I lived in florida it was a big change for me since I like in the mexican desert, I used to wear shorts a tee and a hoodie or a cardigan with flip flops, since it usually rained for 20 minutes and the rest of the day it was way too hot! but always with a cute scarf or some cute accesories.. =)

  24. 24
    June 25th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    One more very important thing – don’t wear any wool!
    Wet wool tends to smell pretty icky

  25. 25
    June 26th, 2009 at 2:06 am

    I absolutely love the first outfit with the scarf, shorts and rain boots. I live in Eugene, where when it rains, it can get VERY muggy, so that is a great outfit for warm rain! Thank you so much Zephyr

  26. 26
    June 26th, 2009 at 5:18 am

    I’ll save this post, it rains a lot in my town! :)

  27. 27
    June 26th, 2009 at 7:35 am

    As much as I love this post, I was wondering if you had any ideas about shoes for rain that don’t include rainboots. I just don’t like the look of them very much, but it rains a lot on the campus I attend and I’d love for my feet to stay dry for a change!

  28. 28
    June 26th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Great post! I love outfit #4!

  29. 29
    June 26th, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Another tip about wool, it keeps you warm even when wet. Smells, but keeps you warm if you know you’re going to freeze.

    I have to second Michelle, I hate the looks of rain boots, and wearing heels everytime it rains, with the amount of rain recently, is kind of tiring. Any other waterproof shoe suggestions that aren’t heeled or rain boots? Or really just boots?

    Thanks!

  30. 30
    June 27th, 2009 at 1:02 am

    These outfits are adorable! I love every one!

    Personally, I love to wear my polka dotted rainboots on rainy days! I also always make sure I have my purple umbrella which is a kid’s umbrella! It’s so cute and big enough for me. I’ve had it since I was in second grade!

  31. 31
    June 27th, 2009 at 4:01 am

    thanks for this, i am from the UK and its always raining throughout the year and i love outfits 1 and 4 but perhaps outfit 1 is kind of impractical lol :)

    I love your website and cant wait to visit NYC so i can hit these shops that you are always mentioning. I have a pretty preppy style so at least i have Topshop etc over here :)

    Thanks Zephr i love your website!

    – x Holly

  32. 32
    June 28th, 2009 at 8:28 am

    These clothes are so cute, especially the heart-shaped umbrella, and they are like my exact style! Spooky! I live in England too and when it rains it pours, so these outfit ideas will come in handy.

    Thanks Zephyr

    x

  33. 33
    June 29th, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Great, especially since Boston has been so miserable these past couple of days. <3 But how to deal with rainy and muggy weather? Tights are like impossibly hot on such days..

  34. 34
    June 30th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    I absolutely love every outfit you planned! I really want to go out and get them all. I always dress horribly on rainy days (like flip flops and shorts haha) so I recommend to all to download weather-channel apps, they’re lifesavers.

  35. 35
    July 1st, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Very cute outfits!! But sometimes when it’s hot (that does happen sometimes, though it may not seem like it! lol), it sucks to have to wear rain boots. I found these cute Melissa shoes on Karmaloop.com for an article I was writing for Style Bakery about a month ago – they’re rubber heels and flats that are actually cute & come in fun colors!! And they’re ventilated so your feet won’t stink. LIFESAVERS!

  36. 36
    July 12th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I love the 2nd outfit (: I live in scotland and it rains loads so I’lll be trying to find similiar stuff in the uk cause we don’t have all the same shops here,i should be able to get the shoes though (:

  37. 37
    July 21st, 2009 at 8:08 am

    i live in england, so the majority of the time, it’s raining.
    i find topshop have some amazing coats in, and in this weather we need them :| i have no local topshop so i have to go on the website, which is good, and if you spend over £100 (is that $200) you get free p&p, which is always good. but, they have no catalogue, which isnt so good :(
    but the ideas for rainy days are good :)
    thanks :)

    <3

  38. 38
    September 16th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Great post! I’ve really needed rainy day ideas lately.

  39. 39
    October 27th, 2009 at 3:38 am

    I love the first outfit, I always wear shorts when it rains too because skin is easier to dry off than fabric! :-) I think hoodies are a must for rainy season so you can cover the hair. I live in Singapore, where it’s extremely humid and rains when you least expect it. The weather is a nightmare, as you might expect.

  40. 40
    May 31st, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    loving the trench coat look

  41. 41
    July 22nd, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    OMG, I love this post, this is one of the best posts I have read on College Fashion. Loved it :)

  42. 42
    September 8th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    This is perfect! Thank you so much! You’re a life saver!
    Oregon is a tough place to be stylish…

  43. 43
    November 4th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    i love these outfit ideas!!! its really hard to find a great outfit for a rainy day!!

  44. 44
    November 14th, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    i love these outfits so awesome (and thats coming from a not so fashion dedicated german ;) )
    i like outfit one and four the best #4s soo cute i gotta get red rainboots like that really like em
    good job on this one!

  45. 45
    May 15th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    great ideas you helped me find a out fit for school thanx

  46. 46
    May 15th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    I loooooooooooooooove these outfits. So creative, & now I know where to get similar things. Gracias.

  47. 47
    July 4th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    love the ideas! soooooo cute ! thanks! :)

  48. 48
    February 23rd, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    I loooooooooooooooooove there boots and dress they are so cute
    the cutest one was #3 and #4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. 49
    February 23rd, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    I loooooooooooooooove the boots and the dress they were so cute
    the cutest one was #3 and #4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. 50
    February 23rd, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE U !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. 51
    May 14th, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Hello I just LUV these ideas,I may try these!!

    Thank you,

    HAYLEY. :) :D

  52. 52
    May 14th, 2012 at 7:07 am

    I LOVE THEM ALLLLLL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LUV,
    Hayley

  53. 53
    June 1st, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Wear can I buy the yellow outfit one??

  54. 54
    June 6th, 2012 at 3:41 am

    I absolutely LOVE the jacket in outfit 5 and the sky umbrella in outfit 6. But I tried to find the umbrella online and couldnt find it :c maybe you could use some direct links to the clothes next time? However, keep up the great work!

  55. 55
    July 26th, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Tried look #6: Jean jacket over stripped dress (black/white). Looked totally cute, got so many compliments ;)…. Thanks

  56. 56
    August 24th, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Great tips, thank you so much! :) However I couldn’t help but laugh at “umbrellas still aren’t investment pieces – you don’t use them every day!”. Although I completely agree with not spending a ton of money on an one, sadly from fall through to spring an umbrella is needed more often then not where I live :P

  57. 57
    October 28th, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    SuperCute ideas!!!!! Luvin’ it ;-)
    This one night, I actually picked out my outfit for the next day so I wouldn’t have to stress about it in the morning…it was a skirt, but of course, it rained the next day! I wore it anyway, but I found a way to style black rain boots with knee-high black socks XD
    I agree with with what you said on Outfit #2 – a pop of color can always be an inspiration for any cute outfit! Usually I like to build my outfits around a bright scarf or pair of shoes or something :)
    Feel free to check out my website, and meanwhile, keep posting these helpful blogs! Thanks!

  58. 58
    November 25th, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I live in the uk and I’ve just figured out what Americans mean by rain boots!! Wellies! Yes I know that took me a while to cotton on. Thank you for this post, lovely with winter just round the corner :)

  59. 59
    April 10th, 2013 at 8:17 am

    You guys are really amazing! You totally helped!!!(not to mention that it’s raining in my town today!)
    Haha! Thanks!

  60. 60
    June 10th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    This is great! I did a quick search today on “What to wear when it’s raining in the summertime?” and I came across this. I am always so miserable and uncomfortable when it’s raining out, and I almost always forget my umbrella or another important part of my outfit (last time it rained I remembered my umbrella, but I forgot to take off my flip flops — yuck).

    I honestly thought that wearing rain boots with shorts would look too funny, but the first outfit is so cute. I tried on my rain boots with a pair of shorts and it actually does look really cute. Thank you !!

  61. 61
    July 7th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    A clear bubble umbrella is cute, keeps your hair dry, and goes with any jacket and bag!

  62. 62
    July 7th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    If you wear rainboots in the Summer, it might be a good idea to wear socks that wick moisture away from your feet. Rainboots can get very warm, and, you will sweat!

  63. 63
    August 3rd, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Beautifull umbrella :)

  64. 64
    November 13th, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    I hate it when it starts to rain and my coat doesn’t have a hood. I found this awesome thing called Hood To Go online. It’s a little vest with a hood attached you can wear under any coat or jacket and it looks like the coat has a hood attached. So cool!

  65. 65
    April 22nd, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Great article. I love your suggestions to spice up the style on a rainy day. My favorite rain coat is yellow because it makes me feel happy.

  66. 66
    April 30th, 2014 at 3:15 am

    likeeeeeeeeeee

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