When it’s time to ˜rise and shine’ in the morning, only to find no shine, we barely want to peel ourselves out of bed, let alone put thought into our garment choices. Constant taps of drizzle might as well be the sound of fashionistas weeping across the world. But not so fast fellow readers, our chic style mustn’t dampen just because the weather did. It’s time we stop the gloomy outdoors from raining all over our fashion parade. Here’s how to inject a splash of flair into your wet weather getup.
Rubber Boots with Wedge
Just when we thought hunter boots couldn’t come in any other form, they created ones with leverage. Don’t let the dismal weather shrink your spirits (and height), and don these platforms instead. The rubber heel will give you a subtle boost, while remaining practical for all that puddle-jumping. The best part? No soak through dilemmas! Pst – from a distance, you can’t even distinguish this shoe from a standard heel.
Boost your stylish wet-weather gear with these Melrose Tall Wedge Wellington Boots by Hunter, $150. Available at Browns Shoes.
Bright Coloured Rain Boots
Colourful rain boots aren’t just for children. They can be even more chic on a fashion-inclined gal. These boots will brighten up your look, and their vibrancy – a stark contrast from those dreary skies – will transform the shoe into a must-have garment. Use the vivid shade as the base colour for your look (we recommend popsicle bright hues for spring) and fine-tune the rest of your apparel to coordinate with the bold shade.
Bring on the sun, with Hunter’s Original Tall Women Boots in Yellow, $125. Available at Browns Shoes.
See-Through or Bird Cage Umbrella
If the Queen of England opts to model this umbrella on her royal visits across the world, it’s inarguably a piece of fashion royalty. Much like Queen Elizabeth II, who uses this wide-brimmed accessory as a means to flaunt her eccentric headpieces, we too can do the same (minus the head gear.) Its clear-domed build enables us to exhibit our stylish flair. It’s the perfect way to keep our tresses dry, while simultaneously showing off our gorgeous locks.
Flaunt your locks with this Pink Fulton Bird Cage Umbrella from Sporting Life, $35.
This season, the Burberry Prorsum Spring 2011 runway unveiled their collection with added flair, by tying a ribbon of colour around the classic trench. While we’re not about to pluck a Burberry trench off the Milan runway, a girl can dream, right? Find inspiration from this look instead, by pairing a bright hued skinny belt with a timeless khaki trench. It’s an understated gesture that can go a long way in the realm of fashion.
Inject a stream of colour into your look with Zara’s Patent Leather Belt with Bow in Pink, $19.90. Available at Zara.
Jelly shoes used to be the it-wear for kids in the ˜80s, but high-end fashion labels (Jimmy Choo and Valentino, just to name a few) have officially jumped on the jelly style wagon. Just think of them as rain boots with spunk. Yes, you can now purchase ˜rubber boots’ in the form of a flat (and thong sandal and heel!) While we recommend donning the rain boots mentioned above during a torrential downpour, this shoe is the perfect fit for a dewy evening.
Parade your rainy style with Vivienne Westwood’s Melissa Ultragirl Bow Flats in Black/Gold, $110. Available at melissa.com.
Drops of Purple Rain
We might as well take advantage of this play-on-words. This bold purple hue, known as ˜purple rain’, is a key shade for spring. So if you don’t want to go wild with your rainy style, play up your makeup instead! This daring colour comes in a variety of hues, creating a shade to suit everyone’s style. We recommend choosing a deep purple lip (é la the Armani Privé© Spring 2011 Couture show) or a soft, feminine lavender nail polish.
Get in touch with your dark side with MAC Cosmetic’s Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Goes and Goes, $19. Available at MAC Cosmetics and The Bay.