With summer here, you’d think that Florida would be all about the sunshine. But much to my dismay, it seems that every time I check the weather, the forecast is rain for days. Not only does this put a damper on my day (literally), but more so my wardrobe. Check out this Fashionisto for tips on how to look polished and prepared in the rain.

Now unless we’re Allie and Noah from The Notebook, we all know that nothing is more unfortunate than having to be outside during the rain. I know I would much rather stay at home and curl up in the baggiest sweats I own, eat a gallon of ice cream and watch movies all day than get my hair frizzy and my clothes wet.

As tempting as the aforementioned may sound, most of us actually have places to be and people to see. The biggest problem we often face in getting dressed for a rainy day, though, is the general lack of effort we put into our outfits for the day. For these instances, make like this Fashionisto and wear a raincoat to ensure that style is never sacrificed.

There are so many great things a proper raincoat can do for you when you feel under the weather. First and foremost, its composition is obviously built to protect your inner linings from the downpour, so you don’t have to worry about getting your precious garments ruined. Secondly, it can actually be a major style statement.

Raincoats come in so many colors and patterns; it’s unbelievable how many options there are. Personally, I prefer a solid, vibrantly colored coat as a pop against the rest of my threads, much like this Fashionisto. He kept his look sleek and casual yet professional with his black Coach portfolio and a complementary D&G watch. Of course, playful-patterned raincoats are an equally great pick-me-up for any gloomy day. Wear them with other prints and mix it up or against a neutral palette for an eye-catching look.

So the next time it’s raining (which let’s be honest, will probably be tomorrow again here in Florida) and you need something quick or just want extra protection from the weather, throw on a raincoat like this Fashionisto did. It’s functional, effortless and packs a punch with its bright hues and fun patterns. Rain or shine, a Fashionista/o, should always be ready.

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