Rainy days are here. As always, you need to dress up right for the weather. To help you out (okay, to help US out, too) we interrogated one of our stylists, J-em Sta. Ana, for some tips and advice to look awesome in this season of raindrops and gloom.
Take note, style-bros.
1) Add bright colors
Summer may be over, but that doesn't mean you have to say goodbye to your bright shirts. The gloomy weather can be depressing so go out of your way to wear something colorful.
"Yellow can be a go-to color during the rainy season. This will also help you stand out from the rest of the crowd who will surely be wearing neutral colors," Sta. Ana says. There's no need to go head-to-toe in yellow—try donning a colorful top or vivid watch.
If you want to keep it safe or more muted though, the best colors are khaki, black, and navy blue. "They go with everything and they're perfect for your finishing touch when layering." In addition, dark clothes will hide it better in case you get caught in the rain.
2) Become a layering pro
Layering is back in style thanks to the cooler weather. Sta. Ana says you can simply wear a plain tee or a thin sweater as your undershirt and a jacket, blazer, or coat over it. "Bomber jackets are in trend today. They're stylish and versatile enough too that you can use them in your casual and semi-formal events," she suggests.
What can we mix and match? "Wear a printed shirt underneath and then for the outer clothing, opt for a darker, more solid shade. This way, people will notice that you’ve got a cool second piece in there." She adds: "Make sure you don’t feel bulgy. Too much layering will make you look uncomfortable."
3) Long sleeves are forever the best
In case you're going on a date with your girlfriend and the weather is bearable, opt for shorts and pair it with a pullover, hoodies, or a denim button-down. The celebrity stylist says these pieces work from coffee afternoons to restaurant dates and movie nights. She says pullovers are great when paired with shorts because they look casual and neat while the denim in your attire make you look easy, relaxed, and classy at the same time.
4) Cotton pieces are versatile
No need to don knits or trench coats as the temperature isn't as chilly as it is in the United States. Cotton, Sta. Ana says, is still the safest and most reliable fabric for the rainy season. She explains: "Even if it's cold outside, you still need to wear something breathable so in case the temperature gets hot, you wouldn't have to deal with sweaty problems." In addition, it will not stick to your body or soak water.
5) Don't go sockless
But that doesn't mean you should stick to your good ol' pair of white socks. With all the prints, patterns, and colors available in the market, there's a world of opportunity out there. It's not really hard to rock them. Sta. Ana advises: "Just make sure when you're wearing printed socks, the dominant color is close with your top. You can also complement your neutral colored outfit with bright patterned socks."
6) Ditch your sneakers
Rather go with Dr. Martens or Timberland boots. They won't just keep your feet warm and stylish, but also save you from the hassle of walking with wet feet. They're best paired with cuffed jeans. These boots, which can get warm, are most appropriate during this time of the year.
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