It seems that just about everyone is green with envy about living in South Florida – the palm trees, the perfect weather, the chic events, the sprawling beaches... Did someone mention perfect weather? The weather isn’t perfect though it is perfectly tropical meaning that Miami gets hit with a healthy number of random torrential downpours that last for mere minutes or an hour or two and then it’s as if it never happened. Even the most seasoned locals still manage to make rookie mistakes like not having umbrellas in their cars or in the office. South Floridians can avoid starring in their own unsightly versions of the wet dog look with some classy and impressive rain gear that will leave some wanting to “Pray for Rain” like the Massive Attack song.
Children have the most options for rainy day occasions. It takes a lot of work to find something for the rain for kids that isn’t just ridiculously adorable and perfect.
Men tend to be more covered up than the women so they don’t have to add much to shield off the water. Rain hats today are available from some of the most stylish brand so done with guidance men can look London Chic rather than Lazy Fishing Weekend Ready in the city. Men’s rain boots are quite fantastic and they’re available from affordable brands way up to Gucci (pictured, slideshow). Umbrellas are something men typically gawk at but there are tons of well-designed umbrellas that show a man knows style, means business and has no time to be an amateur by letting a rain shower get in his way.
A good umbrella that won’t make a scene in the presence of the tiniest bit of wind is a Miami woman’s best friend. While rain hats are certainly much more stylish today than in earlier years, the available shapes are very specific and just can’t look great on every woman – it’s something that needs to be assessed on a case by case basis. Raincoats are an incredible treat and they’re available in traditional lacquer textures as well as more matte fabrics also designed for keeping water outside. Rain boots need no explanation – they’re so much fun that they’ve became a popular choice for days more likely to rain actual cats and dogs than a single raindrop!
Anyone venturing in the rain at night knows that rain boots and rain hats are certainly not cocktail hour or nighttime event fare. Puddles can be skipped around in other shoe types as well including high heels but the materials should be minded. Even suede shoes can withstand a bit of rain (it’s best to still avoid storms) with special protective spray available at shoe stores such as Aldo.