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. 

Rainy Outfit Day One

Rainy Day Outfits

Here are three solid rainy day outfits that speak to different types of office environments and styles. If you're someone who prefers pantsuits, just pair your matching set with comfortable closed-toed shoes with a little heel to avoid dragging your trousers through the mud. And of course, consider materials. For example, opt for patent leather instead of suede and swap out your delicate leather bags for something a little more water-resistant.

Liam Faux Patent-leather Coat
Staud Liam Faux Patent-Leather Coat $325
Logan Boots
Tibi Logan Boots $995
Vera Bradley Umbrella $34

Rainy Outfit Day Two

Outfits for Rainy Days
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Rainy days tend to bring out the cuddler in everyone. If you resonate with that statement, you'd probably feel like cozying up in a warm, comfortable sweater and a simple pair of booties to keep your toes warm. To make the ensemble feel a little more polished and interesting, opt for a wrap skirt or a pencil skirt in a bold color or fun print, accessorize with a pair of earrings, and don't forget to pack your umbrella in the morning. 

- Patchwork Cable Knit Wool Sweater - Womens - Cream
Acne Studios Textured Sweater $540
Wrap-effect Striped Poplin Midi Skirt
Tibi Wrap-Effect Striped Poplin Midi Skirt $475
Shedrain Auto Open Stick Clear Dome Umbrella - Metallic
Shedrain Auto Open Clear Dome Umbrella $30

Rainy Outfit Day Three

Formal Rainy Day Outfits
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This bag was practically made for people who love the sophisticated, stylish feel of croc effect top-handles but also live in a place that rains a lot. It's the best of both worlds. A long, fashionable raincoat disguised as a trench will protect your formal look underneath, so if you're headed to an event or have an important meeting that day, take note from the look above. 

Topshop Frosted Vinyl Mac Trench Coat $100
Shirley Mini Croc-effect Leather And Pvc Tote
Staud Shirley Mini Croc-Effect Leather and PVC Tote $195
Original Bubble Umbrella
Hunter Original Bubble Umbrella $60

Rainy Outfit Day Four

Cute Rainy Day Outfits

The rule of thumb seems to be that you should make like Noah running from the flood at the arc. Translation: Stick to cropped pants, skirts, and dresses. These cropped flairs are stylish, flattering, and just high enough to miss the puddles in the gutter. It's also wise to bring a pair of sneakers if you have room in your bag, so can change into your more formal slides or heels when you get to the office. 

Faux Leather Turtleneck Top
pushBUTTON Faux Leather Turtleneck Top $390
Cropped High-rise Flared Jeans
Attico Cropped High-rise Flared Jeans $375
Leopard Print Umbrella
Topshop Leopard Print Umbrella $30

Rainy Outfit Day Five

Cold Rainy Day Outfits

Speaking of stylish raincoats, we're obsessed with this one. It basically makes the outfit, though you can have fun with the layers underneath to make a statement once you get to your destination and take it off. Moral of the story, if you're going to wear delicate pieces rain or shine, at least hide them underneath a cool, long raincoat for safekeeping while you're out and above. 

Munthe Valora Outerwear $320
Mango Leather High-leg Boots $249
Men's Folding Travel Umbrella
Thom Browne Folding Travel Umbrella $130

Rainy Outfit Day Six

Warm Rainy Day Outfits

Sneakers paired with a long-sleeve shirtdress will strike the perfect balance between buttoned-up formality and casual practicality. The key is to wear a dress with a more traditional style and print as to dress up the sneakers. You also always just change out of them once you get to your destination if it's more formal, too. 

Ethno Pop Combo Dress
Sea Ethno Pop Combo Dress $450
UltraBOOST Sneakers
Adidas x Stella McCartney UltraBOOST Sneakers $220
Vintage Check Folding Umbrella
Burberry Vintage Check Folding Umbrella $312

Rainy Outfit Day Seven

Rainy Day Outfit Ideas

A Canadian tux is probably the easiest way to look cool and put together without actually wearing your more special, delicate pieces that probably shouldn't be parading around in the rain. Dress things up with accessories and a pair of heels (just make sure they have rubber soles so you don't slip on the slick streets. 

Baggy trucker jacket
Levi's Baggy Trucker Jacket $98
Light Denim Mom Jeans
Topshop Light Denim Mom Jeans $70
Sheridan Red Plaid Wood Stick Umbrella $17

Rainy Outfit Day Eight

What to Wear When It Rains

When in doubt, opt for water-resistant bottoms and anything that mimics a blanket on top. Not only is it super utilitarian on rainy days, but the different materials will also create an interesting contrast in texture. This is especially a good styling trick for those who want to keep things interesting while still sticking to a neutral color palette. 

Pixie Market Aria Brown Buckle Chocker Knit Top $85
Nomia High-Waisted Patent Skirt $210
London Undercover Whangee-Handle Telescopic Umbrella, Black $69

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