Don’t rain on my fashion parade

2012-01-20 09:41

It’s raining outside. Well, perhaps not where you are, but some parts of South Africa are drenched in summer rains. This can be depressing to any braai-loving, pool-chilling fanatic.
The rain is stealing your joy, but that doesn’t mean you have to swap your summer threads for ugly raincoats. Put these items on your daily check list – and in the boot of your car – and you’ll be ready for any downpour.


Umbrellas are no longer inconvenient objects. Department stores sell compact, handbag-sized umbrellas that come in cute, bright colours. Get the kids fun umbrellas with cartoon characters. If you really want to make a style statement, buy an iconic brand like Burberry. It will cost you R1?800. Just keep the fierce winds in mind. You don’t want to lose such an expensive umbrella.

The trench coat or Rainmac

A trench coat is a wardrobe must for the rainy season. Not only does it protect you from getting wet, but a good one will add style to your outfit. When it comes to Rainmacs, avoid the shapeless ones that make you look like you’re wearing a refuse bag. Stick to the kind that accentuate the body. Retail stores such as Trenery and Foschini have affordable trenches in different colours and styles. Find one that’s perfect for you and work it!

If it’s not raining too hard, flip-flops will work wonders. Not only will your feet keep cool, but you’ll be protecting your precious stilettos from rain damage.
You can also go for cute Wellington boots. You’ll be tempted to find a puddle to splash in. There are floral, striped, slouchy, ankle-high, knee-high and many other styles to choose from. They can cost anything from R60 to R230. For designer boots, try Bensimon (R790) or the Hunter boots recently launched in Mzansi. Don’t be tempted to wear leather in the rain as leather shoes shelter bacteria and fungus.

Posh plastic
If you’re not the Crocs-wearing type (which, hopefully, you aren’t) and still want to look hip, then you’re in good company with Melissa shoes. These shoes have become popular because they are made from ecofriendly materials that can easily be recycled. They combine contemporary fashion, art and design from various international fashion designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier and Alexandre Herchcovitch. Prices usually start from R699. In South Africa, you’ll find them at Nicci boutiques, MSC Boutique in Melville, Black Coffee and Habits in Cape Town.

Waterproof bags
You’ll need a sizeable handbag, shoulder bag or backpack to fit all your anti-wet weather paraphernalia. Waterproof totes are just the thing. Totes are available from most fashion retail stores, while designer totes from Longchamps, Chanel, Gucci and DAV can be bought online. The best part is they are big enough to store your beloved gadgets – such as your cellphone, iPad and laptop – while keeping important documents dry.

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