Dress for the rainy season

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Dress for the rainy season

The Sunday News

Rutendo Chidawanyika

THE rainy season is upon us, one look outside and it’s raining. No matter which season it is, the rain can sneak up on us when we’re least prepared for it.

Rain is fun for so many things: splashing around in puddles, taking a woodsy hike, cozying up by the fire, movie marathons, and watching it fall from inside a warm place. But when it comes to fashion, it’s one of those things that trips us up more than anything else, looking chic and staying dry in the rainy season becomes an extreme sport.

Rain Jacket
This is a key piece, especially if you despise the umbrella. Yes, they come in cute colours and patterns, and can make a cool statement. But, trying to carry your bag around and texting, while holding an umbrella can’t be done. Go hands-free all the way.

This means choosing a rain jacket that’s perfectly suited to the outside conditions. The perfect choice would be a long, water-repellent piece with a hood big enough to completely cover your head. It should have some weight to it, a flimsy anorak will not do. This way you can protect your outfit and your handbag underneath. Other great options include a trench coat or bomber jacket.

Synthetic Fabrics
Thumbs up to natural, breathable fabrics. However, when it comes to gearing up for the rain, we keep our cotton, silk, linen, and wool inside. Unless they are layered safely under sweaters or a jacket. If you love leggings, try switching from a cotton pair to a pair made from Lycra or nylon. Your activewear leggings are perfect in wet weather. Fast-drying, opaque, comfortable. Try them under a dress instead of tights. If you usually wear wool trousers, try ponte or a blend of polyester and rayon instead. These materials tend to be lightweight, so they won’t weigh you down if they get damp.

Hold-Everything Handbag
With rain comes gear, therefore you’ll need a bag big enough to carry your daily essentials. Great options include a water-repellant satchel, a roomy tote, or a sturdy backpack. One of the most important considerations when choosing a bag is how well it protects your belongings from the rain, especially your laptop and cellphone.

Pick Dark Colours
Eventually the puddle will be stepped in, no matter how hard you try to avoid it, and the inevitable drop or two of muddy water will make its way on to your clothes and shoes.

Dark colours tend to hide spots and stains better than light colours, and they’re less transparent when they get wet. The most important piece to choose in a dark colour is pants. The perfect outfit: A pair of cropped black pants or coated, dark denim paired with your Chelsea rain boots. Let it rain!

Wear Slim Fit or Cropped Pants
While more coverage tends to be better, this rule doesn’t necessarily apply to pants or trousers. Long, flowy pants or flare jeans that brush the ground are more likely to collect mud and rainwater. Keep pants short and cropped. These types of pants also look the best with ankle boots, so definitely, no knee-length rain boots here.

Choose Skirts and Dresses
If it’s a light rain in the springtime, you can definitely wear your dresses and skirts. Just remember the rules above: choose dark colours and sturdier fabrics.

Cotton sundresses are best saved for warm summer days. If you want to cover your legs, just pair with fast-drying leggings instead of tights.

Skirt and dresses look equally cute with tall boots and ankle boots, so if you already have a pair of tall wellies, this is the time to rock them.

A guide to dressing in the rain wouldn’t be complete without mentioning your hair. One of the trickiest things to deal with for sure, you always want to protect your blowout or your wig/ weave without damaging it..

This is where the beanie comes in. Always have one in your bag, just in case it starts to sprinkle. Another easy thing you can do is to keep a cheap, plastic poncho in your bag for rainy day emergencies.

They fold up to the size of a wallet but most women opt for shower caps and paper bags (which is still ok). You never know when you might get caught in the rain and you always want to be prepared.

Let it rain! -Additional information from Online sources.
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