Fashion 14 Rainy Day Outfit Ideas That Are Actually Cute Look effortlessly cute — even during a downpour. By Samantha Sutton Samantha Sutton Instagram Samantha is InStyle's senior fashion editor. She joined the brand in 2019 and oversees the site's fashion coverage, including trend reporting, fashion exclusives, celebrity style interviews, and Fashion Week coverage. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on October 16, 2022 @ 03:03PM Pin Share Tweet Email In This Article View All In This Article Go With the Classics Find New Ways to Layer Don't Be Afraid to Mix It Up Do a Bit of Color Blocking Wear a Maxi Dress Break Out Your Sweats Think Outside the Box Remember Your Rain Boots Give Your Outfit a Casual Twist Add a Hat Reach For Loose Pants Pull On a Blazer Try Matchy-Matchy Keep It Simple Photo: Edward Berthelot/Getty Images Checking our weather app before leaving the house is something we, unfortunately, had to learn the hard way. We can’t even count the times we’ve been caught mid-rainstorm dressed in something fuzzy, furry, or — gah! — white, and those memories of soaking wet shoes and socks are still so clear in our minds. However, just because we’re now smart enough to expect these showers doesn’t mean choosing something to wear has become any easier. There are rules to keep in mind: no super-absorbent canvas sneakers, ditch light-colored clothing, remember to layer, etc. It can be hard to put together the perfect rainy day look, which is why we've turned to street style in hopes of solving our dilemma. The 10 Best Raincoats That’ll Keep You Both Stylish and Dry Ahead, we’ve rounded up 14 cute outfits to wear when it rains, along with some tips on why they'll work. Go With the Classics Edward Berthelot/Getty Images Your favorite jeans are a cool and casual choice for a rainy day. Style them with your go-to ankle boots and, if you're feeling daring, try a denim shirt instead of a tee. Find New Ways to Layer Christian Vierig/Getty Images If the temperature takes a dip, wear a thin, non-bulky hoodie underneath your maxi dress. Then, you can complete the look with a pair of sneakers for something unexpected and fun! 13 Outfits to Wear On Those Weird, In-Between, 60-Degree Days Don't Be Afraid to Mix It Up Edward Berthelot/Getty Images Typically when we think about shorts, we picture them styled with sneakers or sandals. However, combat boots are also a cute alternative, and will protect your feet should you step in any puddles. Do a Bit of Color Blocking Christian Vierig/Getty Images A gloomy day calls for bright and, more importantly, easy pieces. Grab the most vibrant stuff in your closet and experiment with color combos. A neutral pair of shoes will provide some balance. 20 Eye-Catching Color Combinations to Wear Right Now Wear a Maxi Dress Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images A pair of boots and a long jacket will make the staple work for not-too-hot, not-too-cold days. Break Out Your Sweats NurPhoto/Getty Images You can turn the world's coziest pair of pants into something elevated with the help of a structured button-down, a blazer, and zip-up boots. Sarah Jessica Parker's Unassuming Cozy Outfit Isn't for Everyone, but It Should Be Think Outside the Box Edward Berthelot/Getty Images If bare legs aren't an option, embrace the return of the early '00s and style a dress or long tunic over cropped pants. Remember Your Rain Boots Christian Vierig/Getty Images Invest in a sleek, short, black pair, which can pass as regular booties if the sun comes out mid-day. Amazon Is Overflowing With Fall Boots Under $75 — Here Are 15 Stylist-Approved Picks Give Your Outfit a Casual Twist Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images Not feeling boots? Go with an old pair of sneakers instead. You won't need to worry about them getting messed up, and they'll give your outfit a laid-back vibe. Add a Hat Christian Vierig/Getty Images Be it a bucket option, a cap, or a beret, it will add flair to your outfit and protect your hair in style. The Muppet Hat Trend Is the Latest Outrageous '90s Revival Reach For Loose Pants Jeremy Moeller/Getty Images You might regret wearing anything formfitting and constricting, especially if you plan to take it easy all day. A baggy pair of khakis will not only ensure you're on-trend, but they'll also look great with a simple tank top and cardigan, too. Pull On a Blazer Christian Vierig/Getty Images It's a quick trick that will take any outfit to the next level, adding warmth while ensuring you look sharp. Feel like your outfit is missing a little something? Cinch your waist with the help of a belt. 9 Different Types of Blazers Worth Adding to Your Wardrobe Try Matchy-Matchy Melodie Jeng/Getty Images If you tend to feel unmotivated and lazy on rainy days, it's worth adding a matching set to your closet. Now, your outfit is already put together for you (minus shoes), and you'll have less stress while getting ready in the morning. Keep It Simple Christian Vierig/Getty Images When in doubt, reach for a short black dress and trusty black boots. It's an easy choice that you can then amp up with accessories such as tights, a scarf, and layered necklaces.