7 outfit ideas for a rainy day

If running out to get toilet paper is the first time you’ve gotten dressed this week, make the outfit count.

Checking our weather app before leaving the house is something we, unfortunately, had to learn the hard way. We can’t even count the times we’ve been caught mid-rainstorm dressed in something fuzzy, furry, or — gah! — white, and those memories of soaking wet shoes and socks are still so clear in our minds.

However, just because we’re now smart enough to expect these showers doesn’t mean choosing something to wear has become any easier. There are rules to keep in mind: no super-absorbent canvas sneakers, ditch light colored clothing, remember to layer, etc. It can be hard to put together the perfect rainy day look, which is why we’ve turned to street style in hopes of solving our dilemma.

Ahead, we’ve rounded up 14 cute outfits to wear when it rains, along with some tips on why they’ll work.

1. Go With the Classics

rainy day outfit idea

Your favorite jeans are a cool and casual choice for a rainy day. Style them with your go-to ankle boots and, if you’re feeling daring, try a denim shirt instead of a tee.

2. Don’t Be Afraid to Mix It Up

rainy day outfit idea

Typically when we think about shorts, we picture them styled with sneakers or sandals. However, combat boots are also a cute alternative, and will protect your feet should you step in any puddles.

3. Do a Bit of Color Blocking

rainy day outfit idea

A gloomy day calls for bright and, more importantly, easy pieces. Grab the most vibrant stuff in your closet and experiment with color combos. A neutral pair of shoes will provide some balance.

4. Wear a Maxi Dress

rainy day outfit idea

A pair of boots and a long jacket will make the staple work for not-too-hot, not-too-cold days.

5. Break Out Your Sweats

rainy day outfit idea

You can turn the world’s coziest pair of pants into something elevated with the help of a structured button-down, a blazer, and zip-up boots.

6. Think Outside the Box

rainy day outfit idea

If bare legs aren’t an option, embrace the return of the early ’00s and style a dress or long tunic over cropped pants.

7. Reach For Loose Pants

rainy day outfit idea

You might regret waring anything formfitting and constricting, especially if you plan to take it easy all day. A baggy pair of khakis will not only ensure you’re on-trend for 2020, they’ll look great with a simple tank top and cardigan, too.

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