It is pouring for the second day straight as I write this post, and I expect it will continue tomorrow as well. Spring rain is something we all deal with, some more than others, and it is a good thing. Remember what your grandma always told you: April showers bring May flowers! They never tell you what March showers do, I suppose they clean the leftover salt and dirt off the roads. That sounds good, we’ll go with that. What grandma also might not have told you is how to survive the rainy season while still looking stylish and preferably keeping your hair dry. Three things will keep you covered: a good umbrella, stylish trench coat, and of course a pair of cute wellington boots.
I for one am tired of the sad little standard issue navy umbrellas I see everywhere. If my hair is going to be frizzy and my pants half wet at least I’m going to carry a pretty umbrella. If for no other reason than to distract the eye away from said poofy hair and wet pant legs. The bubble style umbrella on the left is from EchoDesign. It is a great option if you are hoping to keep your hair dry as it offers the most coverage. If you need a smaller umbrella you can easily store in your purse Kate Spade is offering the cheerful and compact little umbrella on the right. Also check out Eddie Bauer for well made, affordable umbrellas often in lovely prints.
A good trench coat is really priceless. It will keep you warm and dry this spring, shield you on those few chilly summer nights, and be a great transitional coat in the fall. I’ve already posted about the wonderful Martin + Osa classic trench coat here, and it is now on sale so hurry!! This shorter swing trench also by Martin + Osa is a great more casual option.
Finally a great pair of wellies are absolutely necessary if you live in a city, or other area where you mostly get around by walking. There is no shoe that will keep my feet dry walking down New England streets in the pouring rain. And nothing will ruin your workday faster than spending it in soggy, squishy shoes. Just say no. Hunter boots are the true original, and will last you years with proper care. They come in a wide variety of colors, and can even be accessorized with a fleece welly sock for warmth now and even in the fall and winter.
Any other tips for staying dry and looking pretty? Especially in the type of rain that seems to come from both directions?