What to Wear on Rainy Summer Days When It's Way Too Hot and Sticky
These summer rainy day outfit ideas and practical gear will keep you dry and breezy—even when it’s pouring and muggy.
What are you supposed to wear when it’s pouring rain, but the middle of summer—aka hot and humid? To stay dry without weighing yourself down with gear, you’ll want to ditch your heavy-duty galoshes and full-weight rain jacket for breezier pieces. We've got just what you need—from light-as-air scarves to Chelsea booties (waterproof, of course), these cute rainy day outfit ideas are practical too, making them the solution to your dreaded rainy summer day outfit conundrum.
This minimalist anorak is a serious big-girl coat (without the heaviness—or price tag). It’s lightweight and mid-length for maximum coverage, and looks so sleek and professional.
To buy: $88; everlane.com.
You never know when you’ll need to shield your neck from wind and rain—even if it's 80 degrees with 80 percent humidity. Plus, it’ll save you if the AC is blasting wherever you’re headed.
To buy: $68; anthropologie.com.
Remember those tall, thick wellies you wore all winter? Replace them with short waterproof Chelsea boots or calf-high rain boots to free your legs while protecting your summer pedicure and strappy sandals (keep those in your bag!). Trust us, the shorter the boot, the less you’ll hate walking around in summer rain.
To buy: from $35; amazon.com.
Who says rain gear has to be boring? Bring some sunshine to any dreary, steamy day with a super-lightweight, slightly translucent slicker all your friends will want to steal. Also available in blue and neon yellow.
To buy: $18; nordstromrack.com.
When it’s too hot and sticky to even consider pants, a flowy dress or skirt is the right option. Stay as cool as possible with a sleeveless or short-sleeved dress made of lighter fabrics (cotton or linen) that doesn’t fall too far below the knee. Throw a lightweight rain coat on over it and you’ll be ready to go.
To buy: $79; shopbop.com.
A big summer rainy day don’t: long hems. A pair of jeans cropped at or below the ankle will be a life-saver on wet days—if it’s not too hot to wear long pants, that is.
To buy: $115; madewell.com.
For muggy days when you’re not sure if it’s actually going to rain—and you don’t feel like wearing rain boots for no reason—slip on these breezy, sporty sneakers that are 100-percent waterproof.
To buy: $80; zappos.com.
This fun colorblock windbreaker will let you battle the elements in style and comfort. Throw it over gym clothes or let it take center stage for a casual athleisure moment.
To buy: $80; ae.com.
The clear bubble umbrella’s magic is manifold: 360-degree coverage from a large brim, plus easy visibility while you stay dry. It’s also incredibly cute (and photogenic).
To buy: $18; urbanoutfitters.com.
If you’re not a boot person (we get it, even ankle rain boots can be clunky), get yourself an adorable pair of waterproof flats you can easily commute in or wear all day running errands.
To buy: $36; amazon.com.