What to Wear When… There’s a Summer Storm

When I woke up to the heavy rain on my roof at the start of the week, my thoughts immediately turned to trench coats, scarfs and wooly jumpers, the comfort clothing of rainy weather. However, one look at the predicted temperatures quickly squashed any wintery outfits I had planned in my head. While the rain was falling hard and fast, the temperatures were still those of the Aussie summer (around 27’c).

This posed a difficult question and one I am all too readily posed with these days, what do you wear during a summer storm?

Below are three options that I think work well under these conditions:

outfit 1This option offers smart summer dressing, that’s appropriate for work, with a side of waterproof…
– An on trend print peplum with black skirt is a stylish combination and the structured nature of the top and skirt will prevent “Marilyn Monroe” moments if there is gusty wind with the rain.
– The gumboots are a no brainer, and if they’re good enough for Kate Moss, they’re good enough for me! (You can always take heels or other shoes to wear once you arrive at the office.)
– A light coat offers protection from the wet, without the overwhelming warmth factor.
– Finally bright accessories off set the bleak weather.

Outfit 2This is my favorite combination…
– Bright shorts are on trend and the colour makes you feel brighter when the skies are grey. Look for a thick fabric so they don’t go see through.
– PU (or Vegan Leather) is surprisingly waterproof, while looking super chic at the same time.
– On rainy days it’s best to leave your good leather and suede footwear at home as it can easily get ruined by water. Instead opt for cheaper PU shoes, while they aren’t made for puddle jumping, they will offer some protection from the elements and wont get damaged in the process.
– Wearing a wide brim felt hat when it’s raining is one of my favorite tips, it looks cool, protects your blow dry from the rain and works like a mini umbrella for your makeup.
– A fun, lightweight and stylish raincoat will make you the envy of all your friends (and some people you don’t even know!)

Outfit 3

Lastly this is my version of winter warm… But for summer…
– A slouchy t-shirt in a dark colour will be comfy and won’t show up watermarks as much as a lighter colour.
– Waxed jeans offer a small amount of water resistance (please don’t go swimming in them) to keep your legs dry.
– There’s no reason not to chic up your gumboots with some leopard – look great and stay dry!
– An uber-cool umbrella is a must have on a rainy day, no explanation needed.
– A lightweight knit will cover your arms, while still allowing you to breath in the heat and as with all the other options offers a much needed hit of sunshine to an otherwise dreary day.

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2 comments

  1. […] to Byron Bay, when I went up recently. It was a variation of one of the looks from the “What to Wear When… There’s a Summer Storm” post I did recently. The outfit served me well from cold rainy Sydney, into the Qantas […]

  2. […] to Byron Bay, when I went up recently. It was a variation of one of the looks from the “What to Wear When… There’s a Summer Storm” post I did recently. The outfit served me well from cold rainy Sydney, into the Qantas […]

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