What to Wear on a Rainy Day

66 responses

  1. Jennifer
    June 24, 2009

    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. Jess
    June 24, 2009

    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. Natalie
    June 25, 2009

    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.


  4. Natalie
    June 25, 2009

    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. emma
    June 25, 2009

    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. Ava
    June 25, 2009

    I love these inspirational outfits!

  7. la petite fashionista
    June 25, 2009

    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. Luinae
    June 25, 2009

    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. Sarah
    June 25, 2009

    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. OMG
    June 25, 2009

    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. Ally
    June 25, 2009

    Ahhh cute heart shaped umbrella! I definitely want….

  12. Tiffany
    June 25, 2009

    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. Zephyr
    June 25, 2009

    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. Jessica
    June 25, 2009

    Love this!!

  15. Jill
    June 25, 2009

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

  16. Deja
    June 25, 2009

    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. Adriana neto
    June 25, 2009

    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…

  18. Bryannah
    June 25, 2009

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


  19. Birgit Bauer
    June 25, 2009

    Absolutely what i needed!! Thanx!

  20. Nele
    June 25, 2009

    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. Ivoire
    June 25, 2009

    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. Sherin
    June 25, 2009

    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. Sadie
    June 25, 2009

    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. Johanna
    June 25, 2009

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

  25. Michelle
    June 26, 2009

    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. Nat
    June 26, 2009

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

  27. Michelle
    June 26, 2009

    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. Jackie
    June 26, 2009

    Great post! I love outfit #4!

  29. Christina
    June 26, 2009

    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?


  30. Arielle
    June 27, 2009

    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. Holly
    June 27, 2009

    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. Pandora
    June 28, 2009

    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


  33. Maggie
    June 29, 2009

    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. Lyz
    June 30, 2009

    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. Anna
    July 1, 2009

    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. naomi
    July 12, 2009

    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. Ella
    July 21, 2009

    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 :)


  38. Callie
    September 16, 2009

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

  39. Serena
    October 27, 2009

    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. Zara
    May 31, 2010

    loving the trench coat look

  41. nelly
    July 22, 2010

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

  42. Chih-Yung
    September 8, 2010

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

  43. katherine
    November 4, 2010

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

  44. liss
    November 14, 2010

    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. Casey
    May 15, 2011

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

  46. Fayfay
    May 15, 2011

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

  47. Drea
    July 4, 2011

    love the ideas! soooooo cute ! thanks! :)

    February 23, 2012

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

    February 23, 2012

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

  50. robert
    February 23, 2012


  51. Hayley
    May 14, 2012

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

    Thank you,

    HAYLEY. :) :D

  52. Hayley
    May 14, 2012

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


  53. Molli
    June 1, 2012

    Wear can I buy the yellow outfit one??

  54. Emma
    June 6, 2012

    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. DippyDez
    July 26, 2012

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

  56. Liz
    August 24, 2012

    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. Elise
    October 28, 2012

    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. Jen
    November 25, 2012

    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. Destinee Barrus
    April 10, 2013

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

  60. Amanda
    June 10, 2013

    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. Kate
    July 7, 2013

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

  62. Kate
    July 7, 2013

    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. Phone sale
    August 3, 2013

    Beautifull umbrella :)

  64. Sydney Reed
    November 13, 2013

    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. Sharonne
    April 22, 2014

    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. sakura
    April 30, 2014


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