Stay dry – and fashionable

Weather has a huge impact on how we dress for the day. You certainly don’t want to put on your brand new studded flats or buttery soft leather jacket when there’s an 80 percent chance of rain. We all want to look and feel fabulous, but sometimes the elements prevent us from being fashion trendy. Don’t give up; it is possible. Looking chic and keeping dry, what a concept!

Torrential downpours? Who cares when you’ve got a trench coat? It’s been updated – no longer a stuffy, conservative look. Find it in an array of bright colors, geometric or animal prints, high gloss finishes, and metallic fabrics. The best length should hit right below the hip or just above the knee, so it works perfectly over leggings, jeans or a mini.

Another haute outerwear choice is the rain parka. It’s a bit more casual, but very practical. The three-quarter length parkas come in a multitude of nylon fabrics and patterns, are offered with rocker zipper details, fold up to nothing, and can slip right into your tote or backpack when the sun starts to peek out. Many stores such as Top Shop offer a “pak-a-parka,” in delicious colors.

To avoid puddle hopping across University Yard and getting your feet, not to mention your jeans, soaking wet, opt for the coolest pair of rubber rain boots. Traditional “Wellies” (English waterproof rubber riding boots), particularly strong with the preppy set – and Paddington Bear – are stronger than ever and totally updated. Look for them in fun colors as well as metallics, florals, animal prints and geometrics. These sleek rubber boots look great over leggings, with skinny jeans tucked in, or with all the latest textured tights.

We all begin the school year owning an umbrella, but where is it now? Left in a cab, your friend’s room, the last Starbucks you were in? Umbrellas are the handiest way to keep dry when you get caught in a storm, and are the most compact, convenient and inexpensive way to turn a utility item into a trendy accessory. Go for a bright color, even neon this season, as well as optic patterns, and of course plaids and animal prints. Even Rihanna has her own line of umbrellas, ella, ella! Although some guys may be too tough for a raincoat, no guy can resist an umbrella – especially with a cute girl to share it with.

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