How To Not Look Like A Wet Hot Mess On A Rainy Day

Your outfit should be weather-appropriate, but it doesn’t need to be as gloomy as the day.
Publish date:
November 10, 2014
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You're probably thinking, There’s nothing worse than a rainy day. But actually, there is: an unfortunate outfit on said rainy day.

I’ll admit it’s tough to get out of bed on a rainy day, let alone muster up enthusiasm to pick out your clothes. But you can take pride in what you wear and how you look even if water is falling from the sky. Don’t let a little rain cramp your style. You never know -- you may run into your worst enemy.

If I conducted a survey about what people choose to wear when it rains, chances are I’d probably get a whole slew of responses that includes sweatpants, oversized T-shirts, leggings and Uggs. For some reason, people forget that rain is a natural occurrence and we can’t do anything to change it. Suck it up and get over it.

Your outfit should be weather-appropriate, but it doesn’t need to be as gloomy as the day. You can look just as great when it’s raining as you do when it isn’t. All you need to do is stay away from certain fabrics and have the right footwear, and you’ll be just fine. It's that simple!


Not every shoe is optimal for rain. You’ll surely regret wearing your faux leather booties or suede loafers after stepping in a huge puddle. Instead, invest in a couple of pairs of water resistant shoes.

While I do believe that wellies (otherwise known as tall rubber boots) are a great option, not everyone can rock them as well as the English can. Switch it up with a rubber ankle boot. They're less bulky and very easy to wear.

Believe it or not, combat boots with rubber soles are also another option for weathering those rainy days. But if you want to be completely comfortable, a great pair of sneakers will do.


Dare to bear your legs. Although you wouldn’t necessarily think to put on a skirt or dress when it’s raining, try it out and you’ll see that it’s not too bad. If you're not ready to let your legs out, you can always wear a pair of tights.

As for tops, stay away from white unless you're layering. In that case, a white collared shirt under a sweater is very appropriate. Also, try to stay away from chiffon, silk and satin.

What you wear doesn't have to look as depressing as it does outside. Wearing bright colors on a gloomy day will totally make you feel better about the fact that you're not home watching reruns of your favorite shows.


Speaking of bright colors, cocoon coats are totally in, and they look even better in shades of pink and red.

You can also never go wrong with a classic trench. It's a staple that everyone should have in their closet. If you're like me and swoon over the beautifully crafted Burberry trench coats, but would rather not starve yourself in order to own one, stores like H&M, Ann Taylor and Zara have affordable alternatives.

You now have no excuse to leave your house looking subpar on a rainy day.

What's your favorite way to look pulled together when it's miserable outside?