Rainy Day Inspiration
We're not sure about you, but where we are, it's been raining pretty much non-stop since the start of the month. These dreary skies and muggy weather is enough to get you feeling awfully down--but when its also coupled with the fact that most people on the streets seem to have entirely given up on putting any effort into wearing anything stylish in this weather, this makes the situation truly depressing. We've had enough! It's time for a revolution. One lead by us here at Stylecab. It's our effort to get you all inspired to dress more fashionably in this horrid weather we've been having (and, it seems, will continue to have for the rest of the month). We're proving, step-by-step, that you can still be stylish in the rain. Don't believe us? Read our guide to rainy day dressing below and we're sure you'll change your mind. We're looking forward to seeing you all dressed more fashionably and interestingly on the streets in the rain!
You Can Still Be Sexy: yes, why not! Just because it's raining, it doesn't mean you have to dress in dowdy, shapeless clothes. It's the perfect opportunity to try out the midriff bearing trend without showing too much skin, as you can layer a trench or raincoat on top of your look.
You Can Still Mix Prints: a great opportunity for print mixing presents itself when it rains, as you can use your printed umbrellas to maximum effect by coordinating or clashing the print against another one that you wear. This makes for a fun look that's sure to brighten up your rainy day.
You Can Sill Wear Long Dresses & Skirts: a lot of women seem deathly afraid of wearing long dresses or skirts in the rain, but it can be done! Just pair it when a chunky high-heel ankle book that can get you through the wet streets in style--there are so many shapes and styles to choose from this season.
You Can Still Wear Colour: gasp! You're not required to wear dreary black and grey tones when it rains. And yet, it seems as soon as the skies darken and the rain falls, people forget the colour even exists. A raincoat in a bright colour is the perfect piece to accompany you through the wet season; wear it with your favourite pair of jeans and your trusty rain boots and you can rock a chic and timeless rainy day look.
You Can Still Wear Little Dresses: dresses aren't just for sunny days or evening soirees. You can wear your little dress in the rain, too. In fact, we think it's the best piece to wear in the rain, as their short hem lengths make them almost impossible to get wet. Pair them with an oversized rain jacket or trench coat for a super adorable look.
You Can Still Play With Textures: in fact, rainy days are one of the best days to play with textures, as you have a whole new fabric you usually don't have the opportunity to play with thrown into the mix: PVC. Many raincoats and umbrellas are made out of some sort of transparent PVC fabric, so why not use it to your advantage and play with layering textures?
Your Rain Boots Can be Stylish: many women look at their rain boots and immediately relegate them to the 'unstylish' but 'practical' portion of their wardrobes. They then feel the need to pair their 'unstylish' rain boots with other drab clothing. This doesn't have to be the case! Your rain boots can be thoroughly stylish, too! And they deserve to be worn with other fashionable clothing. Liven them up with prints, interesting shapes and bright colours.
Your Raincoat Doesn't Have to be Boring: often times, when it rains and we wake up in the morning, we immediately feel depressed at the thought of having to get dressed to go out. This doesn't have to be the case. Invest in a fun raincoat that will get you excited to get dressed on a rainy morning! The best part is that your coat will be so interesting that you can easily keep the rest of your outfit super simple, and still look incredibly stylish in the rain!
Photos: David Burton for ELLE Magazine Italia April 2011, featuring model Elyse Saunders.
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