Where I live, we’re in the midst of 5 days of nonstop rain. I know grey and dreary comes with the territory around here (at least in February), and I do love cozying up and reading on an isolated rainy day—but five in a row is cruel. (All you Oregonians and Seattleites can laugh at me now.)
I’ll never love the dreary days, but I have learned that what I wear affects how I feel. With that in mind, I’m sharing a few tips that make managing the grey and rainy days a bit easier:
1. A cheerful color. My mom gave me this tip when I was young, and I’ve always tried to follow it. On dreary days, choose a happy color: pull out your brightest yellow, orange, or pink to combat the gloom.
I once read a New Yorker’s impassioned plea to her fellow citizens to opt for a cheerful umbrella instead of the ubiquitous black, because the last thing we need to see on a dreary day is a sea of black nylon. (I wish I could find this to link to it! If you know what I’m talking about, share the link in comments?)
2. Sensible shoes. My go-to flats are terrible for snow and rain. For drizzly days, or days with just a bit of snow, my sturdy boots or Dansko clogs give me the height I need to keep me out of the puddles.
Rain boots are a cheery and practical choice for rainy days. Target has a darling selection of rain boots for around $40. Hunter wellies are a classic choice if you want to invest in a pair that will last for ages.
(I found discounted Hunters about five years ago, hoping I’d get my money’s worth in the long run. I’ve worn them so much more than I anticipated, and am grateful for them every time it rains.)
3. Hair care. Rain and snow can turn your hair to frizz, so I’ve learned that rainy days require a little extra product. (And I try to never blow dry my hair on rainy days—it’s harder to do and never turns out as well.)
And don’t forget to grab an umbrella or cute hat to cover up while you’re outdoors, even if it’s just going to and from the car. If you’re the forgetful type, this cute little umbrella will fit in your purse (and comes in polka dot, paisley, and floral).
Do the dreary days get to you? How do YOU dress for gloomy days?