Weatherproof your wardrobe—now!
For a country that’s generally predisposed to monsoon and storms, it surprises me to find that most of us do not know how to dress for the rainy weather. From shoes to jackets to bags, there’s definitely a lot we can improve on to better arm ourselves for the sudden downpours.
Why we don’t have a ready supply of boots in our shoe closet I’ll never know. Keeping your feet is the absolute one thing that will keep you from being miserable in the rain. It’s high time you toss your flip-flops and canvas sneakers back in the closet. Wearing flip-flops is an open invitation for a lot of viruses and diseases to cling to your skin, not to mention it catapults dirty water and muck behind your legs. Sneakers and rubber shoes will not do well against rain and puddles and will eventually absorb water that will seep into your socks and feet—definitely not a good feeling. Our suggestion? Invest in a good pair of rain boots that is not only practical, it’s also stylish as hell.
While most jackets would be ideal to wear for the weather, there are a lot of factors to consider as well. It shouldn’t only keep you warm but dry as well. Prioritize fabrics that are water repellent or at least resistant, instead of being absorbent. This may seem like common sense but I still spot a lot of people on the streets wearing jackets made of cotton or even satin.
Keep your belongings safe and dry by storing them in weather-proof bags. There are a lot of options that are both stylish and functional. While backpacks are convenient, I find that these easily get wet especially if you use a small umbrella. Opt for sling bags, carryalls, or fanny packs instead, just make sure the material can withstand rain water.
Let’s face it, umbrellas generally don’t last a whole year. These either die a mechanical death (especially the ultra foldable ones) or get misplaced. So if you’re looking into replacing your umbrella, we’ve gathered the cutest and most functional ones here.