How to be stylish, even on a rainy day without ruining your shoes or clothes too! Image: Showbit
Sometimes the Singapore weather can feel a tad unpredictable; it’s rainy one moment and then super sunny and humid the next. What’s new, right? Instead of feeling grumpy in your ruined shoes, fret not, there are plenty of ways to “weatherproof” your outfit of the day. The clothing that you wear should be loose-fit where possible, in case the afternoons get too warm; you can check out some hot weather options that won’t stick to your skin here.
Besides having a jacket or sweater perpetually available in your cold office (which we’re sure that you’ve already been doing), we have come up with a few handy wardrobe staples that will help you out when the weather is this schizophrenic.
1. A dress as your must-have
In case of rain, your favourite wardrobe piece will be the dress; it’s no fun when your trousers or long skirt gets caught in the rain. Opt for shifts for a no-fuss option for work. Avoid dresses in silken fabrics and lighter hues which are prone to water stains; your best bet are print frocks, as wet splotches (if any) will look a little less obvious.
2. Your “rainproof” shoes
Wearing soggy shoes is easily one of the most miserable experiences to have, especially if you have no other footwear to swap into. So pick “rainproof” shoes or at least, shoes that you don’t mind getting wet — leave the fabric and suede shoes at home!
The truth is that you really have many options to choose from, be it jelly shoes from Melissa, sturdy Dr. Martens boots, wellingtons or non-slip boating shoes from brands like Crocs and Sperry Top-Sider.
Melissa Color Feeling flat (left), $125, Melissa Ultragirl + Karl Lagerfeld flat (centre), $175 and Melissa. Images: Melissa
Sometimes I’ll plan my outfits based on the types of rainproof shoes that I currently own. My laziest rainy day outfit involves a white tee and jeans tucked into my faux-leather black boots; wet socks no more, on these occasions!
Crocs Gianna Mondo Dot flat, $69.90 and Dr. Martens Drench waterproof rubber boot, $169.
3. Carry the right bag too
Rain spells are doom to delicate materials, so it’s easy to see why a bag like the water-resistant and lightweight Longchamp Le Pliage bag is so popular in Singapore. These foldable polyester canvas bags from Longchamp are great to have with you.
Longchamp Le Pliage Losange bags from Autumn Winter 2014. Images: Longchamp
Since they’re so easy to store and pack away, it also means that you can take one of these along as an “extra” bag in case of rain. Some of my favourites this season are the Longchamp Le Pliage Losange bag (from $307 to $341, depending on the size) and the zesty coloured Longchamp Le Pliage Neo (from $217 to $408).
Longchamp Le Pliage Neo bags. Images: Longchamp
You can also coat your designer bag with a water-resistant layer. Colorwash, a professional bag and shoes cleaning service does provide such options. Take heed that any contact with water or any other liquid can still potentially damage your bag; the protective layer just minimises the amount of water that comes into direct contact with your bag. Like the topcoat you wear on your nails, it can only do so much until it’s worn off. Prices range from $100 to $150.
The most impromptu way to deal with sudden rain: To always carry a foldable eco bag with you to contain your designer bag, thus minimising the water damage to it while you dash from one place to another. Okay, so this temporary solution is hardly glamorous but at least you’re less likely to ruin your prized designer buy!
4. The laziest sunnies for the myopic
Just like how you would protect your skin from the sun, your eyes too, need some shielding from those harmful UV rays. Since you can’t always predict what the weather will be like, it’s a good idea to take your sunglasses out with you where possible.
For extra lazy short-sighted people (like me) who find even taking sunnies out a hassle, you can opt for glasses with lenses that provide sun protection too, like those from Crizal Transitions.
Crizal Transitions lenses in brown. Image: Crizal
You won’t even need to whip out your shades when it feels like it’s too sunny out; it takes just seconds for these lenses to adapt and darken according to the bright outdoors. Prices start from $248 for the Crizal Transitions lenses, available in either brown or black to match your frames.
5. Get your raincoat on
It’s time to take the stigma away from wearing a raincoat or a parka. To prove our point, just look to Miu Miu Fall Winter 2014, which actually makes these shower-proof raincoats look cute again; not to forget the classic macs from Burberry too.
Miu Miu Autumn Winter 2014. Images: Showbit
Opt for raincoats with a more structured fit, so that it looks more like a short coat or trenchcoat (that’s also waterproof) and less like a flimsy poncho.
No one wants to be drenched from head to toe; so this is when good sense prevails, without much off a style cost this time! You can find some of the more stylish ones online via e-retailers like ASOS. There are lots of wallet-friendly options on Qoo10 too.
You can also find quite a stylish selection from Danish rainwear brand Rains, which is currently being stocked in Singapore at multi-label boutique Kapok.
Crizal Transition lenses are available at all leading optical stores in Singapore.
Crocs store locations can be found here.
Colorwash stores are located at these following locations in Singapore.
Dr. Martens stores in Singapore are located at Wheelock Place, #02-17A, Orchard Central, #03-05. Go to the Dr. Martens Singapore Facebook page for more information.
Longchamp stores in Singapore are situated at these following locations.
Kapok is located at National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road.
Melissa stores are located at Wheelock Place, B2-03; Raffles Place, #01-11/12; find the full list of stockist locations online here.
Sperry Top-Sider is located at Marina Square, #03-111 and is also available at DOT stores in Bugis+, Jem, Tampines1 and Link By THM Jurong Point, #03-11.