October 2, 2015

How to Stay Chic in the Rain

how to look nice in the rain

Fall weather is finally here, but if you live in Nashville, you know that does not necessarily mean that amazingly crisp autumn weather that we have longed for all summer.  In fact, this week has been incredibly dreary and it has rained every. single. day., bringing about wet clothes, messy hair and having to tote around that unwanted umbrella.  So, how do you manage to look put-together when it is nasty out?  Here are a few ideas:

1.  Wear rain boots 
Rain boots have dramatically increased in popularity over the last couple of years and have become staple accessories for fall.  Think about it, how many pairs of Hunter rain boots have you seen on Instagram?  Now, you can find rain boots in a wide variety of price points, colors and styles (including high heeled!).  If it is pouring out, I will wear my rain boots to and from work and carry my nice shoes in my bag then change when I arrive.  

2. Tailor your pants
Investing in a good seamstress is something you should do to maintain your work wardrobe.  I have the hardest time with pants and end of having to get most of mine hemmed.  I used to have the hem stop right on the bottom of my heel, but these days I play it safe and go up an extra hem to prevent my pants from dragging the ground and getting soaked on rainy days.

3. Invest in a nice trench
Investing in a nice trench coat is one of the best things you can do for your work wardrobe for the fall and winter months, and the good news is that you don't have to spend a fortune to find the right one.  I love this Calvin Klein trench for only $99 and this long DKNY trench for $160.  

4. Stick to solid colors
Sticking to darker solids on rainy days is not a bad idea.  In the event you do get rained on, it is much harder to see rain spots on your clothing if you are wearing black, as opposed to white.  Wearing printed patterns is also a great way to cover up any accidental wet spots.  

5. Buy a durable umbrella
I have gone through more cheap $10 drugstore umbrellas than I care to admit.  The same scenario happens each time we have a downpour, I fight with my umbrella, and nine times out of ten I end up getting soaked because it refuses to open or a gust of wind catches it the wrong way and it becomes inverted.  A durable umbrella is a worthwhile investment and worth the few extra dollars!

6. Keep your hair simple... at least until you get to the office
There is nothing worse than taking the time to wash, dry and style your hair in the morning, only to get drenched as soon as you step outside.  On days when the wind and rain are out of control, I keep my hair routine simple.  Hair clips work wonders when it is nasty out.  I clip my hair back into a very loose pony tail when I am going to and from work to prevent my hair from getting drenched and frizzing up.  When I get to work, I let my hair down and finishing spraying it.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend and stay dry!  It is pouring down rain now and is supposed to rain all weekend...


  1. I needed this! I've been a drowned rat the last few days

  2. It’s so beautiful and so interesting! I love this post!
    And already can’t wait to see the new one!

    Diana Cloudlet

  3. Agree about the pants tailoring and simple hair, when it's rainy there is nothing much you can do with all this frizziness))


  4. Love this post because the rainy weather is definitely approaching! Love trench coats and rain boots actually! I have some cute ones from Burberry - can't wait to wear them! :)

    Have a great weekend! Sending you much love!

    xoxo, Vanessa

  5. Great tips, I need this- it is so hard to dress when it's nasty out! It has rained nonstop this week and I am over it!!!

  6. Love the feeling when raining, great!