How to Dress for Hot Rainy Weather

How to Dress for Hot Rainy Weather

Hot, humid, and rainy weather is no fun, especially if you need to be out and about during the day. Light, breezier outfits can help keep you comfortable, while careful layering can keep you comfortable during the rain. Take a peek through your wardrobe and see what rain-friendly outfits you can come up with during the spring and summer heat!

Method 1 of 4:
Basic Outfit Rules

1
Choose garments made with quick-drying fabrics. With all the rain and humidity, it’s unfortunately inevitable that your clothes are going to get a little damp. With this in mind, pick out synthetic fabrics, like rayon or polyester, or cotton, which all air out very quickly. [1] X Research source Stay away from materials like wool, which take a long time to dry.
2
Keep a go-to raincoat and umbrella at the ready. Raincoats and umbrellas are the essential accessories to any rainy day outfit, whether it’s warm or cold outside. Store a raincoat and umbrella in your home, so you can stay dry when the icky weather arrives. [2] X Research source
3
Slip into a dress or skirt as an easy, breezy option. Dresses and skirts give your body a lot of breathing room, which can be hard to come by during hot, humid weather. Go through your closet and see what kinds of breezy garments you have lying around, which could be a great addition to your rainy day outfit. [3] X Research source If you’re more active, you might prefer a skort, which is a hybrid between shorts and a skirt.[4] X Research source
4
Try on a pair of sturdy rain boots before heading outside. Don’t be afraid to splurge a little bit on a pair of nice rain boots. Unfortunately, inexpensive rain boots can wear out easily, and might leave you feeling damp and uncomfortable. Keep a pair at your home, so you’re ready to go out when the rainy weather comes. [5] X Research source
5
Layer your clothes so it’s easy to stay comfortable. Don’t be afraid to play around with different layers, even if the weather’s a bit hot. Reach for jackets and coats with zippers, which are are easy to remove once the weather really gets uncomfortable and sticky. [6] X Research source Regular shirts, like crew-neck tops, aren’t as easy to take off.
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Method 2 of 4:
Easy Outfit Ideas

1
Design a dynamic outfit with a transparent raincoat. Slip into your favorite casual outfit, whether it’s a graphic tee, plain top, or something else altogether. Don’t be afraid to play around with colors and patterns—with your transparent raincoat, everything will be visible for the rest of the world to see. [7] X Research source For instance, you can pair a black top and white shorts for a simple, neutral-toned outfit. You can also jazz things up by wearing a graphic tee with a pair of jeans.
2
Pair a jacket and dress for an easy outfit. Dresses offer a lot of comfortable freedom and breeziness, which can be hard to come by on a hot, rainy day. Take advantage of this by wearing a long dress with a long trench coat. To jazz things up, pick out a brightly-patterned dress that will contrast nicely with the trench coat. [8] X Research source For instance, you can pair a long, floral dress with a tan trench coat for a rain-ready outfit. If you’re feeling more minimalistic, wear a neutral-toned dress with your trench coat, instead.
3
Create a sleek look with a trench coat and a casual outfit. Pick out an outfit that you feel comfortable going out and about in. Slide a trench coat overtop, so you’ll be a little protected from the rain and humidity outside. This type of outfit gives you a lot of freedom, so don’t be afraid to cater to your personal preferences! [9] X Research source For example, you can pair a tank top with a pair of jeans and nice pants, then accent it with a trench coat. For a breezier look, pair a short dress and trench coat for an easy look.
4
Wear a button-up shirt with khaki shorts to stay cool. Go through your closet and pick out a button-up shirt that feels comfortable for the current weather. Grab a pair of khaki or neutral-toned shorts to finish off the outfit. Picking a lighter set of bottoms will make it a lot easier to stay cool throughout the day. [10] X Research source For example, you might pair a light-colored polo shirt with a pair of khaki shorts. You might also like pairing your favorite graphic tee with a comfortable set of shorts.
5
Pair a raincoat and bucket hat for a rain-proof outfit. Raincoats are an essential part of staying dry, but even they have their blind spots. Slip on a bucket hat to stay extra protected from any water and moisture headed your way! You can pick out a matching raincoat and bucket hat, or you can play around with different combinations to create a unique and fun outfit. [11] X Research source For example, you can pair a lime green raincoat with a striped rain bucket hat for a colorful look. If you’re feeling less ambitious, play around with neutral tones instead.
6
Stay relaxed in a pair of jeans and a windbreaker. Grab your favorite pair of jeans, which will keep your outfit comfortably casual. Slide on a breathable top, along with a windbreaker. Pick out a colorful windbreaker for a more dynamic look, or play around with neutral tones if you’d prefer to be subtle. [12] X Research source For example, you can wear a pastel-toned windbreaker with blue jeans for a colorful outfit. You can also pair a solid-toned windbreaker with your jeans for a less ambitious look.
7
Dress up in a trench dress. Trench dresses provide a fun twist on the typical trench coat. You can wear a trench dress on its own, or layer it over another outfit for extra emphasis. Play around with different outfit combinations and see what strikes your fancy! [13] X Research source For instance, you can layer a solid-toned trench dress over a blouse and slacks. You can also wear a brightly-colored trench dress as the centerpiece of your ensemble.
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Method 3 of 4:
Comfortable Shoes and Accessories

1
Safeguard your jewelry with a tasteful scarf. Slip a lightweight scarf around your neck to protect any necklace you’re wearing at the moment. This way, your jewelry won’t be as likely to soak up excess water and sweat, which can lead to unwanted tarnishing. [14] X Research source This method works best for necklaces. If it’s really rainy outside, you might want to leave your jewelry at home for the day.
2
Accent your outfit with a stylish umbrella. Grab an umbrella with a funky pattern that really complements your outfit. You can use whatever you have lying around, or go shopping for a fun, brightly-patterned umbrella that will really help bring your outfit to life. Play around with bright and neutral colors to see what kind of looks you can create! [15] X Research source For instance, you can offset a more colorful outfit with a neutral-patterned umbrella. Bubble umbrellas are a sturdy, fun style you can try out if you live in a rainy area.[16] X Research source
3
Carry your things in an inexpensive bag. Don’t bring your nicest bag out with you when you head out into the rain and humidity. Instead, have a lower-quality bag at-the-ready for rainy days, like a tote. [17] X Research source If you really want to bring your nice accessories out in the rain, coat them with high-density transparent coating, which will help protect them from moisture.[18] X Research source
4
Stay dry in a pair of combat boots. Rifle through your wardrobe and see what leftover shoes you have laying around, like a pair of combat boots. Look for a sturdy, neutral-toned pair of shoes that will go well with any outfit, while also protecting you from puddles. [19] X Research source For instance, you can wear a neutral-toned outfit and khaki trench coat with a pair of combat boots.
5
Slip into some waterproof sneakers if you’re in a rush. Don’t limit yourself to just rain boots when it’s hot and humid outside. Instead, look through your closet or shop online for a pair of waterproof sneakers, which can put up the icky demands of inclement weather. Look for a pair of neutral-toned sneakers, which will go well with just about any outfit. [20] X Research source For instance, light brown or white are great colors for your shoes.
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Method 4 of 4:
What to Avoid

1
Ditch any garments made with silk. Silk definitely has its place in your wardrobe, but it’s not going to be your friend during hot, rainy weather. You’re bound to be sweating a bit in the heat, and silk is not-so-great at hiding sweat stains from the naked eye. If you’re really in the mood for silk, slip into a white top, instead. [21] X Research source Quick-drying fabrics like polyester or rayon are a much better option for your outfit.[22] X Research source Cotton is another great fabric option.
2
Say no to floor-grazing pants. Floor-length pants are a great option when the weather is dry, but they’ll just get soggy and icky when you wear them in the rain. Instead, look for ankle-length pants or bottoms that won’t drag along the ground. [23] X Research source For instance, a nice pair of slacks is a good replacement for floor-length pants. If it’s really warm, you can ditch the pants altogether and go for shorts!
3
Avoid wearing flip-flops during rainy weather. Flip-flops can slip off or break easily in puddles, which can leave you in an uncomfortable pinch. Go for sturdier footwear instead, like combat boots, waterproof sneakers, or rain boots. [24] X Research source
4
Stay away from flat or strappy shoes that offer little protection. Flats won’t offer your feet much protection from the rain, which will leave you with soggy feet and footwear. [25] X Research source Similarly, strappy sandals don’t offer a lot of security, and it’s easy to lose your balance. Pick out shoes that you feel comfortable and safe walking around in, where you’ll be steady on your feet. [26] X Research source
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Method 1 of 4:
Basic Outfit Rules

1
Choose garments made with quick-drying fabrics. With all the rain and humidity, it’s unfortunately inevitable that your clothes are going to get a little damp. With this in mind, pick out synthetic fabrics, like rayon or polyester, or cotton, which all air out very quickly. [1] X Research source Stay away from materials like wool, which take a long time to dry.
2
Keep a go-to raincoat and umbrella at the ready. Raincoats and umbrellas are the essential accessories to any rainy day outfit, whether it’s warm or cold outside. Store a raincoat and umbrella in your home, so you can stay dry when the icky weather arrives. [2] X Research source
3
Slip into a dress or skirt as an easy, breezy option. Dresses and skirts give your body a lot of breathing room, which can be hard to come by during hot, humid weather. Go through your closet and see what kinds of breezy garments you have lying around, which could be a great addition to your rainy day outfit. [3] X Research source If you’re more active, you might prefer a skort, which is a hybrid between shorts and a skirt.[4] X Research source
4
Try on a pair of sturdy rain boots before heading outside. Don’t be afraid to splurge a little bit on a pair of nice rain boots. Unfortunately, inexpensive rain boots can wear out easily, and might leave you feeling damp and uncomfortable. Keep a pair at your home, so you’re ready to go out when the rainy weather comes. [5] X Research source
5
Layer your clothes so it’s easy to stay comfortable. Don’t be afraid to play around with different layers, even if the weather’s a bit hot. Reach for jackets and coats with zippers, which are are easy to remove once the weather really gets uncomfortable and sticky. [6] X Research source Regular shirts, like crew-neck tops, aren’t as easy to take off.
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Method 2 of 4:
Easy Outfit Ideas

1
Design a dynamic outfit with a transparent raincoat. Slip into your favorite casual outfit, whether it’s a graphic tee, plain top, or something else altogether. Don’t be afraid to play around with colors and patterns—with your transparent raincoat, everything will be visible for the rest of the world to see. [7] X Research source For instance, you can pair a black top and white shorts for a simple, neutral-toned outfit. You can also jazz things up by wearing a graphic tee with a pair of jeans.
2
Pair a jacket and dress for an easy outfit. Dresses offer a lot of comfortable freedom and breeziness, which can be hard to come by on a hot, rainy day. Take advantage of this by wearing a long dress with a long trench coat. To jazz things up, pick out a brightly-patterned dress that will contrast nicely with the trench coat. [8] X Research source For instance, you can pair a long, floral dress with a tan trench coat for a rain-ready outfit. If you’re feeling more minimalistic, wear a neutral-toned dress with your trench coat, instead.
3
Create a sleek look with a trench coat and a casual outfit. Pick out an outfit that you feel comfortable going out and about in. Slide a trench coat overtop, so you’ll be a little protected from the rain and humidity outside. This type of outfit gives you a lot of freedom, so don’t be afraid to cater to your personal preferences! [9] X Research source For example, you can pair a tank top with a pair of jeans and nice pants, then accent it with a trench coat. For a breezier look, pair a short dress and trench coat for an easy look.
4
Wear a button-up shirt with khaki shorts to stay cool. Go through your closet and pick out a button-up shirt that feels comfortable for the current weather. Grab a pair of khaki or neutral-toned shorts to finish off the outfit. Picking a lighter set of bottoms will make it a lot easier to stay cool throughout the day. [10] X Research source For example, you might pair a light-colored polo shirt with a pair of khaki shorts. You might also like pairing your favorite graphic tee with a comfortable set of shorts.
5
Pair a raincoat and bucket hat for a rain-proof outfit. Raincoats are an essential part of staying dry, but even they have their blind spots. Slip on a bucket hat to stay extra protected from any water and moisture headed your way! You can pick out a matching raincoat and bucket hat, or you can play around with different combinations to create a unique and fun outfit. [11] X Research source For example, you can pair a lime green raincoat with a striped rain bucket hat for a colorful look. If you’re feeling less ambitious, play around with neutral tones instead.
6
Stay relaxed in a pair of jeans and a windbreaker. Grab your favorite pair of jeans, which will keep your outfit comfortably casual. Slide on a breathable top, along with a windbreaker. Pick out a colorful windbreaker for a more dynamic look, or play around with neutral tones if you’d prefer to be subtle. [12] X Research source For example, you can wear a pastel-toned windbreaker with blue jeans for a colorful outfit. You can also pair a solid-toned windbreaker with your jeans for a less ambitious look.
7
Dress up in a trench dress. Trench dresses provide a fun twist on the typical trench coat. You can wear a trench dress on its own, or layer it over another outfit for extra emphasis. Play around with different outfit combinations and see what strikes your fancy! [13] X Research source For instance, you can layer a solid-toned trench dress over a blouse and slacks. You can also wear a brightly-colored trench dress as the centerpiece of your ensemble.
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Method 3 of 4:
Comfortable Shoes and Accessories

1
Safeguard your jewelry with a tasteful scarf. Slip a lightweight scarf around your neck to protect any necklace you’re wearing at the moment. This way, your jewelry won’t be as likely to soak up excess water and sweat, which can lead to unwanted tarnishing. [14] X Research source This method works best for necklaces. If it’s really rainy outside, you might want to leave your jewelry at home for the day.
2
Accent your outfit with a stylish umbrella. Grab an umbrella with a funky pattern that really complements your outfit. You can use whatever you have lying around, or go shopping for a fun, brightly-patterned umbrella that will really help bring your outfit to life. Play around with bright and neutral colors to see what kind of looks you can create! [15] X Research source For instance, you can offset a more colorful outfit with a neutral-patterned umbrella. Bubble umbrellas are a sturdy, fun style you can try out if you live in a rainy area.[16] X Research source
3
Carry your things in an inexpensive bag. Don’t bring your nicest bag out with you when you head out into the rain and humidity. Instead, have a lower-quality bag at-the-ready for rainy days, like a tote. [17] X Research source If you really want to bring your nice accessories out in the rain, coat them with high-density transparent coating, which will help protect them from moisture.[18] X Research source
4
Stay dry in a pair of combat boots. Rifle through your wardrobe and see what leftover shoes you have laying around, like a pair of combat boots. Look for a sturdy, neutral-toned pair of shoes that will go well with any outfit, while also protecting you from puddles. [19] X Research source For instance, you can wear a neutral-toned outfit and khaki trench coat with a pair of combat boots.
5
Slip into some waterproof sneakers if you’re in a rush. Don’t limit yourself to just rain boots when it’s hot and humid outside. Instead, look through your closet or shop online for a pair of waterproof sneakers, which can put up the icky demands of inclement weather. Look for a pair of neutral-toned sneakers, which will go well with just about any outfit. [20] X Research source For instance, light brown or white are great colors for your shoes.
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Method 4 of 4:
What to Avoid

1
Ditch any garments made with silk. Silk definitely has its place in your wardrobe, but it’s not going to be your friend during hot, rainy weather. You’re bound to be sweating a bit in the heat, and silk is not-so-great at hiding sweat stains from the naked eye. If you’re really in the mood for silk, slip into a white top, instead. [21] X Research source Quick-drying fabrics like polyester or rayon are a much better option for your outfit.[22] X Research source Cotton is another great fabric option.
2
Say no to floor-grazing pants. Floor-length pants are a great option when the weather is dry, but they’ll just get soggy and icky when you wear them in the rain. Instead, look for ankle-length pants or bottoms that won’t drag along the ground. [23] X Research source For instance, a nice pair of slacks is a good replacement for floor-length pants. If it’s really warm, you can ditch the pants altogether and go for shorts!
3
Avoid wearing flip-flops during rainy weather. Flip-flops can slip off or break easily in puddles, which can leave you in an uncomfortable pinch. Go for sturdier footwear instead, like combat boots, waterproof sneakers, or rain boots. [24] X Research source
4
Stay away from flat or strappy shoes that offer little protection. Flats won’t offer your feet much protection from the rain, which will leave you with soggy feet and footwear. [25] X Research source Similarly, strappy sandals don’t offer a lot of security, and it’s easy to lose your balance. Pick out shoes that you feel comfortable and safe walking around in, where you’ll be steady on your feet. [26] X Research source
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