I’ve come to accept that April Showers Bring May Flowers, but no-one ever mentioned June Showers, and I must say, they’re putting me in an inordinately crappy mood. It’s not that I mind the rain per se (in fact, between the hours of 9AM and 6PM, when I am at work, I would very much enjoy if it rained heavily with the exception of lunch hour so I can be sure no one is having more fun than me), but more so that ever since I was a child, I didn’t know how to dress for moist weather.
Let me explain. I don’t do rainboots. Perhaps I have an abnormally short tibia/fibula area (actual bone names pulled out of the place in my brain where I keep things I learned in middle school, and probably the most impressive thing I’ll do today), but they don’t work for me. Rainboots come up to an area of my knee that makes it nearly impossible to walk without tripping over my feet (a task I have trouble with even in regular shoes). Additionally, they make my feet profusely hot and sweaty, and no matter how hard I try, I always get water down the front of them, thoroughly defeating their purpose.
Raincoats are easier, but only slightly so, given that it is almost impossible to find one that doesn’t look frumpy but isn’t so cute that you feel bad wearing it in the rain. And don’t even get me started on umbrellas–holding an umbrella in Midtown Manhattan (where my office is located) is just about as dangerous as holding a large sword in Midtown Manhattan, and in between fellow commuters and gusts of wind, most umbrellas do very little to keep one dry, and more often than not end up being left in taxis.
Thus far, my solution to rainy days has been a simple one: I take a cab. However, as I continue to embark upon adulthood, I wonder–is it necessary to actually learn how to dress for unfriendly climates?
Enter: The Internets.
I. The Rainboot
[These are genius. A rainboot that doesn’t interfere with the joints and limbs that actually allow us to walk! Plus, they are cute enough to actually wear all day without having to change into non-rain shoes. Win-win.
II. The Raincoat
[Fashionable enough to not look like Paddington Bear, waterproof and durable enough to wear in the rain. Three quarter sleeves and hoods: the ultimate raincoat essential. That being said, these are totally from the kids section. Which only makes them a better bargain–I order a girls 12/14. #Whatever]
III. The Umbrella
[I have been known to buy most of my umbrellas from NYC street vendors, but if you’d like an umbrella that actually holds up when weather is more severe than a drizzle–and stands out enough for you to totally know when someone is trying to snag it from happy hour–check out the above. I’m partial to the Felix Rey umbrella in the middle for it’s bucket shape
My excuse for purchasing a $65 umbrella? I won’t hail a taxi the second I feel a droplet. Right?
Stay dry, friendsters.