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How to Dress When It’s Hot and Raining

by Jamie Wilson
Hot and Raining

The unpredictability of British summer can leave most gents unprepared for the unexpected downpour followed by blazing heat before you have even made it to work. Fear not, we’ve got you covered with some handy hints on how to prepare for those unexpected downpours.

Summer showers are guaranteed and should not come as a surprise to residents of the UK. Even a glorious sunny day can end in torrential rain leaving many caught short in hope that the weather report is correct. Although the rainy spell reminds us of cold winter days, the temperature remains high during those summer months.

It is a difficult time to dress with many trying to shelter from the storm without drenching in sweat. A soggy suit with squelching footsteps is a rather dishevelled look not suitable for the office. Not to mention an uncomfortable, style disaster. Stay tuned as we guide you through outfit staples that will leave you smug as others run for cover.

Rainy Day Outfits

Rainy Day Outfits
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When the sky is full of gloomy, dark clouds threatening a full day of rain it is important to really consider your outfit for the day ahead. Unfortunately, the weather will dictate your ensemble, as wearing your favourite suede shoes will end in a disaster or leave you tiptoeing around, fearful of the slightest rain mark.
For most people, adding a raincoat and cool rain boots will help you make a stylish and cool casual outfit. Also, if you plan on doing a jog you can bring your waterproof bag or backpacks to truly endure the rainy-day look.

What to Wear on a Hot Day

Wear on a Hot Day
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Alternatively, the forecast may correctly predict a scorching hot summer day, which sometimes in an almighty panic may leave you with heat stroke or sunburn if not prepared. The rush to the park or escape to the countryside may leave you stranded cowering for shade if you left the house in excitement. Others may be at work with no air conditioning not trusting the weather report and really wishing they had. In the end, don’t let a bit of sunshine fool you.

“I just wanna get to the end of the day without it raining.”

– Campbell Scott, Actor

Summer Rainy Day Outfits

Summer Rainy Day Outfits
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Okay, so now we have the combination of muggy, sweltering heat with persistent rain. The humid climate can leave many overdressing with a lot of regrets. It is a deceiving situation with the rain suggesting a cold, miserable day yet the temperature resists falter. It is a difficult time to dress as getting drenched in either rain or sweat is not ideal. Avoid skinny jeans that are too tight, but opt for rain gear equipment and comfy loose pants or joggers. When it comes to your footwear, go for durable and comfy shoes that will come in handy for the day.


Jackets When it’s Hot and Raining

Jackets When it's Hot and Raining
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To avoid getting absolutely soaked in the summer showers a jacket is an absolute must; a necessity that keeps you dry and compliments your outfit simultaneously. However, invest in a jacket that is functional, practical, and stylish to see you through those rainy hot days completely dry. Also, a rain jacket will come in handy for any event.

Jackets When it's Hot and Raining
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Shorts on a Hot Rainy Day

Shorts on a Hot Rainy Day
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It can be tempting to reach for your trousers when a grey sky is looming and rain is only on the day’s agenda. This decision is wise on a winter’s morning however, in summer it is a very different story. Wearing shorts can seem like a bad idea however, in reality, cut offs are the ideal solution on a hot rainy day. The perfect item in the humid weather clothing category to avoid overheating and here’s why!

  • A slight splash on your calf is no big deal and in fact, will dry much quicker than a pair of jeans or trousers. The rain drops will cool you down and dry instantly.
  • Trousers tend to stick to your leg when wet, which is uncomfortable and annoying for the rest of the day. Trust us, you will be dreaming of those shorts in no time.
  • Shorts will keep you cool in the hot temperatures avoiding overheating altogether.
  • Denim cut offs or cotton twill shorts effortlessly create a stylish look with boots, daps, and layers.
  • Make the most of the summer heat while it lasts as guaranteed in the winter months those shorts will be packed away for what feels like a century.
  • Go for a pair of rain boots that are stylish and durable, as well as compact for different weather conditions that may change throughout the day.

What to Wear on a Hot Rainy Day

So, I think we’ve covered all the necessary items that are essential for those humid, rainy days. However, teaming the pieces of clothing together can be a struggle. Experiment with different layers and looks to ensure that you are fully equipped for those muggy days that even a downpour doesn’t shift. Take inspiration from the looks provided to build outfits that provide confidence and will survive those summer showers without hesitation.

“One thing I hold against Americans is that they have no flair for the rain. They seem unsettled by it; it’s against them: they take it as an assault, an inconvenience! But rain is so wonderfully cleansing, so refreshing, so calming…”

– Diana Vreeland, Fashion Editor

On That Note

Although dressing appropriately for those humid, rainy days is a challenge there are stylish solutions for the modern gent. It is important to consider your rain outfits when selecting items for summer showers as you do not want to be left unprepared with gel running down your face.

Prepare and purchase staples that are both practical yet stylish to enhance your wardrobe. Do not try to defy the British weather by wearing a suede jacket or sandals as you will regret those water marks each time your reach for them in your closet. Trust us!

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