8 Chic, Office-Approved Outfits for Rainy Days

As someone who spent the past five years in Southern California, where it's always 75 degrees and sunny, I never had to dress with the assumption that the blue-skied morning would be wet and gray by noon (though, like many other concerned Californians, I hoped it would). So when I arrived in New York last spring, I was at a bit of a loss. How is anyone supposed to leave the house in clothes they actually like and care about if they're inevitably going to get drenched, either by their own sweat while trekking to the subway or by a surprise thunderstorm? I wondered.

Indeed, when the rain was pouring down, and my new now-soggy suede boots are soaked from heel to toe and back again, there wasn't much that could cheer me up. Don't get me wrong, I actually love gloomy weather—but as someone who considers my wardrobe one of my most prized possessions, I faced a conundrum. But it turns out there's a lot I can do to prevent the aforementioned rain cloud from hanging over any future wet dog of a day.

The solution? I just needed some sartorial inspiration and guidance for rainy work days. Lucky for me—though probably super inconvenient for everyone who ran around attending the shows—New York Fashion Week was particularly rainy this year. After scouring street style photos, I found just what I was looking for: stylish, put-together outfits that also happen serve as armor against a downpour. Scroll through to see eight stylish rainy-day outfits for the office and beyond.