STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Brighten Up

A quick scroll of my Facebook news feed shows several variations of “Rain, rain go away.” Throughout the past weeks, the south has been caught in a never-ending cycle of brief bursts of sunshine and interminable periods of rain. With such dismal and humid weather, choosing an outfit becomes a serious challenge. And let’s not even talk about the hair situation.

This Fashionista, however, nailed the perfect summer look for a rainy day. A pair of colorful shorts kept the gray skies away and the vibrant color ensured she made a bold sartorial statement. A dash of playful hot pink on her wrist also brightened her outfit. A simple form-fitting cotton black top was the perfect complement to the shorts. Too many layers or a less breathable fabric would have made for an uncomfortable and heavy ensemble.

Vividly colored shorts run the gamut from chic and tailored like this Fashionista’s, to relaxed and grungy like the Sailor Short from Urban Outfitters. Another summer fan favorite is a printed short. Featuring both bold colors and patterns, these shorts will effectively contrast the cloudy weather. For a summery and fun print, turn to the queen of color herself, Lilly Pulitzer. The Callahan Short has a classic fit and comes in eight punchy, beachy patterns that will make you feel as if you are on vacation even if you are walking through a sodden campus.

Accessorize with a sturdy pair of ankle boots and a metallic belt. The rough look of the boots will pull double duty, allowing you to splash through puddles while toning down the sweet look of a tailored pair of chinos. When the rain finally gets the Facebook message and goes away, swap out the boots for a pair of gladiator sandals.

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