One minute it’s raining, the next it’s scorching our skin – the weather here is really more temperamental than some of us with premenstrual syndrome, and that’s annoying for a whole host of reasons. For starters, we can’t plan our outfits properly for fear of either getting too hot or too chilly, with this usually ending in us compromising on our fashion, makeup…everything.
If you share our daily struggle, you’re in luck with this guide of 16 lifestyle hacks that will help you to battle the unpredictable weather. We’ll make sure you’re on point, come rain or shine.
Don’t you just hate it when the rain pours down on you without warning and your favourite heels get entirely soaked through by the time you reach your destination? Switch things up with a pair of stylish boots instead; we’re thinking Dr. Martens will do the job just fine. Besides, the industrial-strength soles will lend a better grip against the slippery floor.
Dr Martens, Eliza Knot Leather Flat Shoes, $211.15 from ASOS
If boots aren’t really your thing or you’re due for an important client meeting that requires dressy shoes, grab a bottle of Water Repel Spray and use it to coat your pair of shoes the night before. That way, you’ll be ready for any unexpected showers.
Timberland, Balm Proofer 50ML: All Purpose Protector, $19
Carry an extra pair of socks for an emergency change in case your first pair gets soaked through. You don’t want to walk into work with soggy socks that will eventually… smell.
ASOS, Glitter Ankle Socks, $8.45
Microfibre towels are going to be your best friend after a bout of rain, so stash a really compact one in the office to wipe yourself down, lest you catch a cold. We don’t want that and risk having to go on medical leave, do we.
Decathlon, Microfibre Towel, $3.90
Baseball caps are all the rage now, and the best thing is they can be paired with a cute tennis skirt for that preppy schoolgirl look; or even with jogger pants or even a casual sundress.
Polo Ralph Lauren, Logo Baseball Cap, $52.79 from ASOS
Get a light and foldable parka, which can double as a raincoat when it rains. We recommend Uniqlo’s Light Pocketable Parka that is effortlessly stylish and functional, not to mention easy on the purse to boot.
UNIQLO, Light Pocketable Parka, $49.90
Keep a pair of sandals in the office, so that you can wear them while you air your wet shoes when you enter the office. That should sort you out until your shoes have dried off. And hey, even if you’re caught midway, your dressy sandals will be able to get you somewhere in a pinch.
Valentino, The Rockstud Leather Sandals, $790 from Net-a-porter
We are absolutely in love with these Japanese umbrellas because they’re so light, so compact and so very cute. Pair them with an all-black ensemble for that little pop of quirkiness, or play dress up for a feminine tea party and feel girly through and through. Either way, you’ll be sheltered from the elements.
Pinktrick, Folding umbrella with ribbon, $30.80 from Rakuten
This is a no-brainer: We don’t want to turn up looking like a panda with running mascara and smudged liner, so our best bet would be to use waterproof makeup. Easy, right?
Shu Uemura, Mascara Length and Waterproof, $50 from Sephora
Yes, you already have on your waterproof makeup, but why not play safer by completing your makeup routine with a setting spray. We’re in love with Urban Decay’s All Nighter setting spray, which keeps our facepaint locked and loaded with just one spritz.
Urban Decay, All Nighter, $48
The aftermath of rainfall on our tropical island is a terrible situation to tide through. The solution? Keep makeup as light as possible, especially your foundation, so as to allow your skin to breathe and not get overly sticky and weighed down from the humidity. If you’re looking around for options, try Yves Saint Laurent Beaute’s Le Cushion Encre De Peau, which boasts a light formula with great coverage.
Yves Saint Laurent Beaute, Le Cushion Encre De Peau, $92 from TANGS
Sticky bodies and sticky skin are the worst. Combat both woes by carrying a travel-sized spray with you. Lighten up with a spritz and lift your mood at the same time!
Eau Thermale Avene, Thermal Spring Water (50ml), $10.10 from Watsons
If you aren’t really feeling the water spray, then opt for cooling wet wipes when humidity strikes, which is just about every single day. Place a piece on your neck, forehead or just simply dab it gently onto your face; you’ll be thankful for the surge of comfort. While you’re at it, nourish your skin with Simple’s Regeneration Age Resisting Cleansing Wipes.
Simple, Regeneration Age Resisting Cleansing Wipes, $15.90
Excessive perspiration or being caught in the rain might wipe away that nice perfume you have on earlier in the day. Stop yourself from smelling funky by packing in a nifty roll-on perfume in your bag.
Salvatore Ferragamo, Signorina Eleganza EDP 8ml Rollerball, $39 from Sephora