WHAT TO WEAR: Rainy Days

Although we wish our summer was full of sunshine 24/7, there’s always the occasional rainy day. Despite the terms rain or shine, the weather shouldn’t put a damper on your stylish cachet. With help from some color-blocking, cool accessories and vibrant makeup, this Fashionista shows that rain gear doesn’t have to make your wardrobe dreary.

Rain gear is an essential element in your summer wardrobe. Just because it’s raining, doesn’t mean you have to layer yourself with ponchos or hide your outfit with a rain jacket — simply dress around your rain gear. For example, this Fashionista stayed cool in the summer heat and humidity with high-waisted shorts while matching a cardigan for extra coverage in the muggy weather. She took the color scheme of her rain gear and created a cohesive look with the use of color-blocking. Her black and white apparel balances the hot pink rain boots she’s sporting whereas her hot pink shades accent the fashionable halo of her umbrella.

It’s easy to beat the summertime slump that rainy weather brings by decorating yourself in cool accessories. Statement jewelry, vibrant belts and sunglasses are great accessory avenues. This Fashionista chose a layered necklace that contrasts with her white lace tank. A statement piece such as a bold necklace is stylish enough to catch the eye of a hurried passerby, yet subtle enough to strut in the rain without becoming a burden. This Fashionista also caught some attention with her heart-shaped sunglasses. A uniquely shaped accessory, such as this pair of shades, is a fashion risk worth taking and a great way to brighten a cloudy day.

In addition to color-blocking and accessorizing, playing up your makeup is also a fashionable route that never leaves you at a dead end. If you can’t exactly wear the outfit you had planned for this rainy afternoon and because humidity and hairstyling will always be rivals, try spending extra time on your makeup instead. Adding a winged eyeliner or dramatic lip might not make the rain stop, but it’s a perfect way to forget about the forecast and get back to a fashionable mindset. This Fashionista chose to continue her color-blocking technique through her makeup with a bright pink lip. Her lipstick choice draws attention to her smile, which is always a Fashionista/o plus.

One Simple Change: Replace the rain gear with a cute pair of wedges or sandals and quickly transform this outfit from rainy day to weekend wear.

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