Thursday, June 16, 2011

Rain Rain Stay Away.

You can always tell a fashionable person from a non-fashionable person by one thing: Their rainwear. Lots of people can put a thoughtful outfit together on a sunny day, but what happens when they face a grey rainy day?

I advise my clients to think about how they feel when they slip on their favorite pair of jeans

...or their best cocktail dress for an evening out
...or a new pair of high heels 
...or a swipe of their favorite lipstick. 

You know that feeling? It's important that your entire wardrobe make you feel this way, but especially what you put on for a grey rainy day. Which brings me to the three most important elements of your grey rainy day wardrobe. 

Every woman should own a great:

1. Raincoat 
Choose one in a bright color, bold pattern, unique silhouette, or all of the above! Or go classic and invest in the always chic trench coat. My raincoat of choice is a red trench coat, but I have a stone colored trench for when I'm feeling more Breakfast at Tiffany's... H&M does a great version, and there is always the iconic Burberry trench to admire.

2. Rain Boots
Opt for knee high rubber boots so that you can walk through that puddle and not get the hem of your pants wet! Choose classic black or your favorite color, the point is to make you smile on a grey day. Just avoid a printed rain boot, these tend to look juvenile. You can't beat a classic black Hunter boot, but this style is also available in almost every color you can think of, including neons and pastels. Personally, I love the slim lines of my Loeffler Randall rain boots. (See post here.) 

*The Original* Black
{Original Hunter Wellington Rain Boots, $125.}
{Hunter Original Tall Boot, $125.}
{Loeffler Randall Rain Boots, $195.}
{Tretorn, Langta, $85 $49.99.}

3. Umbrella
If you are anything like me, you are constantly losing your umbrella. That or you realize you left it in the car each time you find yourself in a downpour leaving the grocery store. Buying a non-pharmacy umbrella turned out to be just the thing to help me hold onto mine. (Strangely, the same strategy worked with expensive sunglasses.) I've had my black Tumi umbrella for four years! I love the wind vent and the one button close is amazing. It has never turned inside out and it goes with everything!

Large Auto Close Umbrella - Tumi
{Tumi Large Auto-Close Umbrella, $80.}

Looking for a fun and fashionable umbrella? Try these.
kate spade umbrella
{Kate Spade, $75.}
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{Burberry, $150.  $75.}

{Jonathan Adler, Aztec Diamond, $25.}

{Jonathan Adler, Kaleidoscope, $25.}

Not convinced yet? Some more fabulous options.

How does your rain gear measure up?

Treat everyday like you are on the runway.

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