Growing up in California—statistically the driest state during summer—the idea of rainfall during the warmer months simply never crossed my mind. However, after relocating to New York last year, I quickly learned the sartorial struggle that is dressing for a wet 90-degree day. And though I’ve only had one season to practice, there’s still a small handful of closet staples I’ve found to be particularly useful, alongside breathable fabrics like linen and cotton.
If you live in a location that’s bound to experience rain showers this summer, see below for my quick and easy shopping list!
If temperatures are sweltering and you need a quick piece to throw over your summer dress, what better way to show off your personal style than with a cute raincoat?
Cheerful pops of color are sure to brighten your rainy day.
This rubberized cotton coat is unlined, making it a lightweight option for sweltering temperatures.
Bold blue hues instantly upgrade an outfit.
Can't bear the thought of wearing anything with sleeves? That's okay. Ward off water with a fashion-forward umbrella.
Classic never goes out of style, and this umbrella goes with everything.
An accessory that won't compete with your outfit.
Make others green with envy.
If carrying around outerwear all day is a hard pass for you, consider wearing a trench dress instead—same look, minus the extra layer.
Come summer, linen fabrics are essential to steering clear of sweat.
Roll up the sleeves and cinch the belt to transform this into a stylish everyday dress.
Welcome to your summer office mainstay.
Do you live in a place where it's rainy during the summer? If so, tell us what you wear in the comments below.