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Dressing UP for the Rainy Days!

Updated on November 6, 2012

Are you having a major break-out on what to wear in this rainy season?

You're not the ONLY one!

In all occasion, a lot of men and women or even teenagers have been dealing with it every now and then.

Since I live in a tropical country like the Philippines usually the rainy season (tag-ulan, tagalog term for the rainy season) starts from June until the month of November.

So expect the heavy pour of rain can bring a lot into your moods and worst of all, it can even ruin your day for not finding that perfect dress to match.

Well, don't let it happen!

~Useful Tips on How to Stay Chic and Comfy in this Monsoon:

...When it comes to clothes now is the best time to shuffle your wardrobe and pull some of the funky clothes you had kept away for months.

~Clothing Tips~

  • Get back into your dungarees matched with funky bright T-shirts either in floral prints or in pastels.
  • You should consider the dampness that will continue for days during the season, it is preferrably avoid thick clothing material like denims, cords, or thick cottons and mixes.
  • Switch to chiffons and other lighter fabrics that take lesser time to dry so if you are out in the rain and get drenched, you will not have to sit and shrink until you are dry.
  • Knee-length dresses that are not too sticky but fit well to your body, or capris, skirts, cotton leggies teamed with short or hip-length tops depending on the body structure shall make the perfect wear for a day out on the rains.
  • Mixed Denim pants that can be conveniently folded and take lesser time to dry, matched with cool cotton t-shirts or casual shirts in pastels or prints too make great monsoon wears.
  • For an evening or a party wear during the monsoons, go for Lycra chic shirts and pants or even Lycra business suits that are easy to wash too.
  • Avoid wearing layered dresses in the rainy seasons as they only add to the muddle.

Make-up Tips for the Rainy Days.

The trick is to keep it minimum and to have it light.

  1. Use only waterproof products for the season so that the rains do not mess up your face.
  2. Pastel colours are best for the season, as they give a refreshing look and also add some drama to the face.
  3. Use waterproof eyeliners, mascaras and lipsticks that stay longer. Matte finish suits best on rainy days; as it does not make the face look oily and sticky during the monsoons.
  4. Keeping your skin clean and clear should be the mantra for all seasons though, but the monsoons demand a little extra care, as there is already a lot of moisture in the air that tends to dampen the skin. Clean your skin regularly with a good cleanser followed by a toning and moisturizing process suitable to your skin type. Wash your face repeatedly to avoid accumulation of dirt, germs or oil on your face.
  5. For your hair, it is best to keep a hustle free hairstyle for the rainy seasons so that your hair does not mess in the rains. Wash your hair daily with a good mild shampoo to keep your scalp clean all the time. Use of conditioners should be limited for the monsoon days, as conditioners tend to limp your hair.

Affordable, Trendy Coats

With the cold weather comes the search for the perfect coat, and this year you don't have to sacrifice style for warmth...

What To Wear Coat Tips!

"Today" fashion expert and host of TLC's "What Not To Wear", Stacy London quote a lot of useful and pratical tips on how to find some perfect coat that doesn't sacrifice the comfy.

  • Choose a coat based on your style. People consider a coat to be a throw-away item, in the sense that it is only about use-value and that you don't have it on for very long. But when considering your options, look for coats that compliment the style you have created for yourself.
  • Buy neutral colors before brights. Again, when investing in a coat, start off with a great neutral, which does not have to be black. Try the softer neutrals like gray, brown, navy, and camel. Save the fire engine red coat as your second coat purchase. Again, when investing in a coat, start off with a great neutral, which does not have to be black. Try the softer neutrals like gray, brown, navy, and camel. Save the fire engine red coat as your second coat purchase.
  • Remember to leave some room! When buying a mid-weight coat, remember that while it may feel warm by itself in October, come January you will layer long undies, lots of knitwear, (even fitted jackets!) under that thing! So give yourself some wiggle room to layer. Not oodles, but if your coat "just" fits in the shoulder, sleeve and hip, go up a size.

Classic Style Coat

This is a sample of Banana Republic's Toggle Coat.

The camel coat style also coming from Banana Republic offers clean lines of seaming and structure that are classically stylish. The silhouette, while not being fitted, is still slim. Don't overwhelm yourself in lots of coat, but a looser cut will give you options to layer as it gets colder. Camel is a great neutral companion for brights as well as neutrals. You could easily pair a classic coat with fuchsia or red for a modern, sophisticated look.

Stacy London's suggest: Coat: Banana Republic, $218; jewelry: Les Neraides and R.J. Graziano

This is All For Women!

Find that suits you in this list...

For Petite

There are lots of fitted leather jackets this season...

If you're petite, they should fit your frame snugly, which is important when you are very small. Petite women can look like they are drowning in their clothes, and coats and jackets are no exception. Your body will have more presence if the clothes you wear are tailored and your frame fills the garment. Otherwise, it is easy to look like you are playing dress up. A fitted jacket is a great layering piece as well. It will look great under another coat when it gets chillier.

S.L suggests: Coat: Xhilaration, $29.99; turtleneck: Club Monaco, $79; skirt: Club Monaco, $79; jewelry: Gerard Yosca and Indulgems

Look for the Best Leather Coats in Town!

Columbia Men's Leather Hipster with Open Bottom, Black
Columbia Men's Leather Hipster with Open Bottom, Black

Classic Columbia Pebble Cowhide Jacket. The timeless style and brand name quality of this Columbia Leather Jacket is yours for BIG BUCKS OFF, here at The Guide! Get the value-loaded details: 100% cowhide leather shell for comfort, style and durability; 100% cotton body lining; 100% polyester sleeve lining for easy on / off; Full-zip front; Straight hem and cuffs; Point collar; Slash pockets at waist; 3 interior pockets; Chest yoke; Professional dry clean only. Imported. State Size. Order yours today!

Newport News Leather Boyfriend Blazer
Newport News Leather Boyfriend Blazer

Must-have leather blazer beautifully shaped with waist and princess seaming. Patch pockets and back vent. Hits at hip. Fully lined. Dry clean. Imported.


Speaking of Trendy Coats

For example, a trendy H&M coat is still a classic houndstooth print in black and white.

The inverted pleats and the bubble shape make it a bit more of the 60s style trend that's in fashion right now but the timelessness of the print and the classic color combination make this a great coat for a woman in her 20s. I love it with jeans but this coat would look great with a simple mini dress or black trousers as well.

S.L. suggests: Coat: H&M, $99; jeans: Express, $59.50; turtleneck: Isaac Mizrahi for Target, $27.99; jewelry: Paste by Tracy Kahn and Gerard Yosca; shoes: Steve Madden

Maternity Coat

So many pregnant women out there want to look great at the same time don't want to spend a huge amount of money on a wardrobe's that's temporary to wear...

Try a jacket that works with day and evening wear and isn't so heavy, simply because I find pregnant women tend to feel much warmer when pregnant. You can layer based on your needs during your term.

S.L. suggests: Coat: Liz Lange for Target, $59.99; shirt: Mimi Maternity @ Destination Maternity, $98; pants: Pea in the Pod @ Destination Maternity, $155; jewelry: R.J. Graziano; shoes: Steve Madden

Linen Maternity Blazer/Coat
Linen Maternity Blazer/Coat

This classic suit jacket is a natural colored blend of linen, rayon and spandex, making it comfortably stretchy and virtually wrinkle-proof. It features a 3 button front, lapel collar, 2 front pockets and long sleeves. Front and back seaming gives it a slimming silhouette, and the shoulder pads are removable. The inside manufacturer's tag on the Japanese Weekend clothing has been marked out to prevent retail returns. This item is returnable to us per our return policy.

Women's Lauren Kiyomi Doll Sleeve French Terry Zip Jacket (Maternity) - More Colors Available
Women's Lauren Kiyomi Doll Sleeve French Terry Zip Jacket (Maternity) - More Colors Available

Super-soft french terry, raw edged seams and faux doll-sleeves over bell sleeves makes this maternity jacket a closet must-have. Wear it to mom-to-be yoga classes. Wear it while lounging around. Or wear it to the much-anticipated trip to the delivery room! Kangaroo pocket. Preshrunk. Machine wash. Made in USA. FINAL SALE. Final sale items are non-returnable.

White Textured Maternity Shrug - X-Small and Small ONLY
White Textured Maternity Shrug - X-Small and Small ONLY

This is a white shrug jacket in a textured, gauzy stretch cotton fabric. The shrug features a ruffled wrap neckline that is accented with a lettuce edging. It has long sleeves and wraps completely around the bust and ties in the front. The inside manufacturer tag has been marked out to prevent retail returns. This item is returnable, to us, per our return policy.


Muti-functional Coat

For example, the chocolate brown coat from Mexx is ideal because the collar gives it some drama, and it works with office-appropriate clothing but isn't so structured that you couldn't throw it on with boots and jeans and go grocery shopping on the weekend. It's got working mom versatility and if you've only got a budget for one coat, make sure it can do double duty in your life!

S.L. suggests: Coat: Mexx, $199; jewelry: Susan Hanover and Sparkling Sage

Men's Natural Reversible Vest
Men's Natural Reversible Vest

Product Features:

This is the top of the line reversable vest. One side has nice plush fleece and on the other is peach finished micro-denier polyest. This is a great transiotion piece without compromise.


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    • LouisaDembul profile image

      LouisaDembul 7 years ago

      It is so true that dressing well makes you feel better. Just what we need now in this dreadful weather!

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      harryfed 9 years ago

      Great lens with lots of useful information about rainy season dressings. If you need a credit card, then try chase credit card, the best credit card available today in the market! 5 stars to you..

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      Vicki 9 years ago from USA

      I love funky rain gear! I enjoyed your lens - great work! Good tips on clothing and choosing a coat. I hope you'll visit Vintage Aprons.

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      poutine 9 years ago

      What a great topic for a lens. Well done. A big 5


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      GramaBarb 10 years ago from Vancouver

      I love your lens! I'll be back.