The saying goes “April showers bring May flowers,” but Providence rain has pushed its way into this month. Fortunately, rain is so common in New England that Brown fashion enthusiasts have learned how to dress for the weather while still looking stylish. It was especially easy to spot this Fashionista, with her cheery, yellow, Morton Salt girl-inspired windbreaker. This classic raincoat hue is perfect for a misty gray day such as this one.
Name: Madeline High
Major: History of Art and Architecture
CollegeFashionista: What is the best way to describe your style?
Madeline High: That is a very hard question! I would say that I like to mix vintage pieces like the rain jacket and modern pieces to update the look. I generally tend to keep things feminine with skirts and dresses, combining them with sharper pieces to give them some attitude and confidence. Some of my fashion icons are Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot, Kate Moss, Serena from Gossip Girl and Kate Middleton (I know they are a strange mix!).
CF: What is the best way to dress for the rain and still look cute?
MH: Everyone hates the rain so much, but I think it can be really fun! Generally, people are so much sleepier on a rainy day. So I think it is nice to wear something comfortable so that you can feel good wearing it, which always makes your look better. A good rain jacket is key — the one I am wearing is actually my mother’s that she got in London in the ‘70s. I also have a really classic, simple trench from Zara that I love. No matter what you are wearing under it, as long as you are wearing a jacket with some attitude and rain boots you can look very put together.
CF: How does living in Providence affect the way you dress?
MH: I am from Southern Maine (which is similar to Providence weather-wise), so it has not really changed my style too much. But I do think that the diversity of the campus has been incorporated into the way that I mix pieces. Providence winters are also more on the rainy side so it has forced me to learn how to dress in the rain!
CF: What is your favorite article of clothing, rainy day or non?
MH: I recently got a really cool, fitted, short, ‘60s-style color block dress from NAVA that is so much fun! Either that or my red blazer from Zara, which has the ability to make any outfit stand out.
How To: For rainy days, don’t feel confined to spandex and hoodies. Get inspired by this Fashionista’s bright colors and mixed patterns. Starting with a graphic black and white dress, layer on rain gear in a primary color scheme. I like this Forever 21 jacket, complete with aqua scarf and printed red tote. The bolder the better for sleepy, rain-filled days.