Just when we thought the rains would never come, they do.
Don’t get me wrong. I rather welcome the change in weather. Personally, I would prefer overcast skies and a slight drizzle to the scorching temperatures of last summer. Not having to turn the AC all the way up is huge relief in more ways than one, certainly.
On the other hand, the rainy season in the Philippines is something of a survival course. For starters, dressing for it can be pretty tricky. Obviously, you don’t want to get caught without an umbrella or raincoat. Slogging through your day in wet clothes (socks!!!) just isn’t fun.
Yet, at the same time, the rain can be spotty and sporadic. You can layer up, sure, but who wants to sweat buckets during their commute when the skies don’t pour one out?
Fortunately, there are some dressing hacks you can employ whenever the weather grows damp. Get a load of the following, for instance:
- Do go for sturdy and simple fabrics in dark colors.
- Don’t wear delicate fabrics and light colors.
- Do pick slim-fitting bottoms made out of lightweight, quick-drying fabrics.
- Don’t wear heavy trousers.
- Do put on longer jackets, preferably ones made out of water-repellent cloth.
- Don’t buy flimsy wind-breakers.
- Don’t bring out your warm weather gear.
- Do choose the right accessories.
Lightweight, breathable, and sweat-wicking cotton sweaters are ideal. These will hold up well without making you feel stuffy should you need to put a raincoat or jacket on.
You may want to store your flimsy, white silk tops away for the time being. Cotton t-shirts are okay, but as a rule, much of your summer wardrobe is best left alone until next summer.
Bonus points if they happen to be black as the color won’t stain easily. Furthermore, leggings and other slim-fitting jeans aren’t just lighter to wear, but they’ll also hold their shape better in case you’re caught in a gust of wind.
Quick-drying fabrics are a must, lest you want to sit in a soggy pair all day. Better yet, you can keep an extra pair for emergencies at your office desk.
Not only do these take a while to dry, but they could also weigh you down if you walk into a downpour.
Again, waterproof or water-repellent fabrics save the (rainy) day. Your umbrella can’t cover everything, but a longer jacket can keep your hips and thighs dry. In the same vein, a classic trench coat can stretch all the way past your knees.
If you can score one with a hood, that would be even better.
Most of them aren’t really great at keeping the cold out, and they can be quite bulky to wear and store.
Rain is murder on leather bags, and those summer straw hats won’t hold up to strong winds and rain very well. Ditto for baseball caps.
Don’t even think about wearing open shoes like sandals. You never know when a downpour will hit.
Instead of a leather handbag, go for an all-weather cross-body bag. Closed shoes made of water-resistant material are highly recommended too, and don’t forget your foldable umbrella!
Lastly, should you still find yourself drenched regardless, vitamin C and hot showers are your best friends.
Stay dry, everyone!