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I love the rain—as long as I’m indoors. There’s nothing better than settling down with a warm blanket, a cup of tea and good book while the rain serves as the perfect backdrop. However, being outside in the rain is an entirely different story. I don’t know about you, but I find it nearly impossible to feel stylish once I’m facing the threat of an overcast or serious downpour. But thanks to the powers and fashion gods that be, getting through rainy season in style is a lot easier due to chic (and pragmatic) gear designed to help us stay dry. Long gone are the days of unflattering plastic raincoats and ponchos our mothers made us wear. Now we have cute raincoats, shoes and accessories that are wet-weather approved. So, just because the sky is a bit doom and gloom outside–doesn’t mean your clothes have to be. Prepare for the drizzly months ahead with these water-repellant necessities that will keep those rainy day blues at bay.

Rain Check:

1. UMBRELLA

Okay, this one’s kind of obvious. But nothing should get in the way of a girl and a fresh blowout, and an umbrella is the most practical item for keeping that mane intact on a rainy day. And while you can’t go wrong with a large basic black umbrella, fun styles in different colors, prints and patterns will elevate your style and save you from a drenched catastrophe as well.

 

2. WATERPROOF OUTERWEAR

A lightweight jacket is a must in the rain. Whether your weapon of choice for combating showers is a puffer, anorak or trench coat, just make sure it’s waterproof. Slick and sleek, a water-resistant jacket with a hood is ideal to protect your hair.

3. SWEATER

When it starts to pour and the temperature drops, you’ll need the right layers to keep you warm and dry. And a cardigan sweater is a great add-on, because it’ll fit perfectly underneath a bulky jacket or trench coat. And you can easily take it off if it gets too hot.

4. DARK JEANS

Wearing light-colored or white pants in the rain is a big no-no. Stick to darker rinses to ward off stains and dirt.

5. KNIT DRESS

Bad weather doesn’t give us girls an excuse not to dress up. Sorry. I just can’t subscribe to hopping over puddles in schleppy separates. But a knit dress in a darker color or print is not only wrinkle-free, but it also helps to hide wet drops you may encounter from point A to B. Pair your dress with tights, a trench coat and cute boots, and it’ll instantly make you look like sunshine on a cloudy day.

6. WELLIES OR RAIN BOOTS

Protect your feet when wading through floods of water with rain boots. You  may have to tap into your inner festival chick to pull off wearing wellies, but it’s well worth it for a polished and sophisticated look in the rain. Whether they’re short or tall or plain or decorated, there are rain boots out there that will complement any outfit. Just don’t forget socks to keep your feet toasty!

7. WEATHERPROOF BAG OR CLUTCH

You can’t leave home without your makeup, phone and other gadgets you may need for work or school. That’s where a zip-top bag or water-resistant clutch comes in handy. It’s the perfect rainy day accessory to protect your essentials during your commute.

8. WATERPROOF MAKEUP

None of us want to be a victim of raccoon eyes. But if you’re not prepared when Mother Nature strikes, you could find yourself not only dealing with raindrops but also a messy face. No worries, though. Apply at least two coats of waterproof mascara and eyeliner for staying power. Tinted moisturizers, a cream blush and a good primer will ensure your makeup stays in place even on the dreariest of days.

You certainly can’t change the weather, but you can change the way you look in it. Don’t succumb to being just another unfashionable blip on the Doppler radar. It’s time to say goodbye to frizzy hair, wet feet and damp clothes by opting for these functional and fashionable pieces that will have you singing in the rain one splashy step at a time.

What are your beauty and style essentials for surviving the rain?

Photo by Jonathan Kos-Reed