This post may as well be titled, “What I’ve learned, sartorially speaking, from living in Seattle for the past four months.” True to its reputation, Seattle is a city plagued by sprinkles, storms and everything in between, a fact which has seriously hindered my habit of wearing suede shoes. The good news is, aside from the obvious waterproof-all-your-leather advice, I’ve developed five clever ways to cope with the perpetual precipitation in style, and I’m sharing them here now. Stay dry, my friends!
Let’s start with something easy, shall we? For this trick, all you have to do is pop open a brightly colored or playfully patterned umbrella to ward off raindrops and grey day boredom. I, myself, am partial to a leopard-print umbrella that folds up small enough to fit it my purse and a rainbow-paneled option that makes me feel as good as a pot o’ gold.
2. Clear Raincoat
Spotted on the recent runways of Miu Miu, Calvin Klein and Balenciaga, the clear raincoat is a street style star favorite that shows no signs of disappearing any time soon. The appeal of this trendy topper is twofold: it keeps your pretty clothes from getting wet, and it doesn’t cover up your pretty clothes. Need I say more?
3. Yellow, Yellow & More Yellow
Ready for this head-spinning logic? When it rains, there are clouds in the sky and the clouds in the sky cover up the sun. Therefore, we must make our own sun. Enter: the color yellow, preferable head to toe. It’ll cheer you and your coworkers right up on the next dreary weekday.
I’m not what you would call a casual dresser. I’ll take a pair of heels over a pair of flats any day, and I’d much rather be wearing a pretty little dress than jeans and a t-shirt. What that means is that I often find myself wearing the wrong footwear for the weather. Well, no more! Rather than giving up my dresses on rainy days, I’ve simply decided pair my most practical shoes with my most frivolous frocks for a polished look that will effortlessly survive puddles.
5. Crown Braid
On any given day, you’re likely to see my hair coaxed into loose curls by my trusty curling wand. Here’s the thing though, if my hard-won curls get even just a little bit rained on, they deflate into sad little strings. And so, on mornings when it’s really coming down outside, I skip the hair washing, sprinkle on a generous dusting of dry shampoo and plait my hair into a slightly mussed crown braid that won’t be bothered by a bit of rain.