Rainy day style essentials

Here in the tropics, we’ve been taught to always dress light, both in material and color. It’s always hot out so maybe lay off on the layering. But when it’s raining, that’s when we can go beyond just a simple top-and-bottom combination. And it’s really something that a lot of people do. After all, we consider just the slightest drop in mercury reading as “sweater weather” and suddenly, scarves and knits are unearthed from the back of the closet. No judgment here!

If they look good and your body can handle it, by all means go for it. But we do have a few suggestions to make sure that you not only look good but also feel good – and not damp, yucky, icky, exposed, dirty, squishy or smelly.

What not to wear


As much as you can cover yourself up with a raincoat or shield yourself with an umbrella, your outfit is always at risk of getting splashed with rainwater. So you should never ever wear fabrics that are so light and thin that they end up becoming see-through when wet. Dark colors and thicker fabrics are particularly preferred during rainy days (think always drizzly London) precisely to obscure perky freezing nipples from view.

When everything around you is wet, chances are they’re also dirty and/or muddy. And it’s very easy for your outfit to get dirty and/or muddy. This is another reason to stay away from light colors.

For the same reason, it’s also probably not that wise to put on items of clothing that are (a) your favorite, (b) new, (c) really expensive, (d) only for dry-cleaning, and (e) all of the above. You never know what the rain will do to these garments and if they get ruined, can you imagine how much you’ll hate yourself for not knowing better? You’re welcome!

What fragrance to use

I find that warm and spicy scents tend to smell heavier when the surroundings are moist. And that’s not a pleasant olfactory experience. So take your cues from the wetness of the environment; an aquatic fragrance, like anything from the Bulgari Aqua range, is a fantastic rainy-day option. I also like The Body Shop’s Kistna for its light citrusy top, herby heart and woody base that all feels very foresty – something that can transform the uncomfortable dampness into much-needed freshness.


What to put in your bag

  • An extra shirt just in case you get drenched and need to change into something dry.
  • A pair of socks because the ones you’re wearing will most likely get wet.
  • A packable windbreaker because (a) it functions like a raincoat but isn’t as ugly, and (b) it fits into its own tiny pouch.
  • A bottle of hand sanitizer and a pack of wipes because you can never be too hygienic.
  • A plastic bag to put your wet stuff in.
  • An umbrella, of course. Duh.


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