WHAT TO WEAR: Rainy Days

What to Wear

Could it be that winter is finally (and I mean finally) over? According to the calendar, the season has already officially ended. Yet, like a bad break-up, I couldn’t help but spend this week wondering: is it really over? Is the polar vortex gone for good this time? My doubts lingered until Mother Nature sent me a sure sign of spring—rain.

Following months of heavy snowfall and sub-zero temperatures, rain is a welcome change of pace on campus. Surely, this rainfall must be an indication that warmer weather is on its way. I noticed this Fashionista as she headed to class in the lull between showers. Her water-repellent coat, warm pants and combat boots provide the perfect pieces for a rainy day ensemble.

Central to this Fashionista’s look is her English countryside-inspired raincoat. It’s finally time to pack up bulky winter parkas and swap them out for lighter jackets. When purchasing outerwear this spring, be sure to invest in a water-repellent coat. The perfect raincoat will strike just the right balance between practical and stylish. The coated nylon material, zippered front and sensible hood on this Fashionista’s jacket provide great protection against the elements. Meanwhile, the toggle buttons and cinched waist add some feminine detail. Of course, the camel color is perfect for spring. Her jacket is a definite wardrobe staple for this upcoming April, a notoriously rainy month.

She completes the simple look with only a few essentials. For a day of downpours, warm pants are also necessary. The Fashionista’s ribbed leggings look warm and comfortable for the rainy walk between classes. Finally, she finishes her outfit with a pair of leather combat boots in the same tone as her raincoat. Matching separates are a huge trend this spring and I love the Fashionista’s subtle take on that style.

While snowy days are finally behind us, precipitation is still in the forcast this spring.  After all, as the old adage goes, April showers bring May flowers. This Fashionista demonstrates that with the perfect raincoat, it’s easy to stay stylish on those rainy days. Just be sure to carry an umbrella in your knapsack as we wait for spring to bloom.

One Simple Change: For a warm day on the quad, trade the warm leggings for a fun printed skirt. A flirty floral pattern will be a great contrast to the Fashionista’s combat boots.

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