August 2, 2010
Dawn Poh

I wore this outfit to shop around Orchard Road yesterday, completely forgetting that it was monsoon season! I love this outfit, but I wasn’t exactly dressed for the rain so I stayed indoors most of the time instead. When it’s monsoon season in Singapore, there tends to be a steady drizzle from day to night, with huge flash storms in between. It is no joke, and you really have to dress appropriately for the rain to prevent yourself from getting drenched and catching a cold. I will surely remember to dress for a rainy day the next time I head out!

Here’s my outfit for a rainy day yesterday:
outfit for a rainy day

outfit for a rainy day

Outfit Rundown

  • Top: Unknown brand, purchased from TopShop Oxford Circus.
  • Shorts: Hong Kong
  • Tights: TopShop
  • Shoes: Sonia Rykiel for H&M
  • Bag: Haji Lane

Here are my tips for how to dress for the rain:

  1. Wear covered shoes or shoes with tall platforms. I think the worst mistake anyone can make when dressing for the rain is to wear sandals and end up having their feet wet! Covered shoes prevent the dirty water on the pavement from seeping into your shoes and shoes with tall platforms help keep your feet off the puddles of water and muck! I was glad I wore my Sonia Rykiel for H&M wedges. I could walk through a puddle without wetting my feet. Not only are wet feet uncomfortable, they are hardly sanitary and could potentially lead to fungal infections.
  2. Wear a hat or tie your hair up. Rain leads to frizziness, your hair’s biggest enemy. To prevent rain from turning your hair into an unkempt frizzball, either do your hair up, or tuck it under a cap! Hiding your hair under a cap prevents it from getting drenched in the rain as well. I usually tuck my hair under a beanie or tie it into a bun when I am heading out into the rain. Besides knowing how to dress for the rain, taking care of your appearance matters as well!
  3. Avoid clothing made of wool. While it is tempting to whip out your chic wool sweater in the slightly chilly weather, you do not want to ruin your sweater over it! Remember that wool shrinks when it’s wet. So it might be a better idea to keep it in a warm and dry place at home. Not to mention the scent of wet wool is pretty reminiscent of that of a wet dog. Knowing how to dress for the rain is essentially knowing what materials are suitable for the weather. Avoid bags made of cloth as well. Bags are one of the first things to get wet because you usually neglect to shelter it from the rain, and you really wouldn’t want your electronics to get wet!
  4. Unless you can be sure that you can dry your boots completely, avoid wearing leather/pleather shoes. Like I have mentioned in one of my previous posts, mould loves damp places to grow on. If you insist on wearing your boots out, make sure to dry it later using a hair dryer set on cool. Too much heat from the hair dryer may melt pleather and even the glue used to hold the shoe together. Opt instead for shoes made of waterproofed canvas or even rubber or PVC.

These are all of my tips for how to dress for the rain! Don’t forget your brolly, and don’t let the rain be an excuse for you to hole up at home!

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12 Responses to “[Outfit Post] Outfit for a rainy day [Black Outfits]”

  1. Maggie says:

    Actually, good quality wool shouldn’t smell. And wool doesn’t shrink from being wet but from being exposed to heat! :)


    Dawn replied on

    Thanks for your input! However, I find that most of the wools out there (from F21, or H&M) are of a rather low quality.

    I’ve had wools felt and shrink on me in cold water before, but I agree that warm water should be avoided at all cost!


  2. Lebasi says:

    Naaaaaiiiiiise look, I love!


    Dawn replied on

    Whoo thanks lebasi! We really need to meet soon!


  3. Tokyo says:

    I love those shoes so much! The H&M where I live never has cute shoes :( Also I have to add to the list, a really cute compact umbrella.


    Dawn replied on

    H&M is so hit and miss for shoes sometimes! There are some seasons that simply lull by without any interesting finds whatsoever. I love buying silly things like lint rollers and umbrellas from H&M. They are cute and really inexpensive!


  4. Cat says:

    Hi Girls! I’ve been following your blog for awhile so I thought I’d say hello and introduce myself.

    Just wanted to say that I am glad you girls are blogging more often (yes, it does make a world of difference :) and that I love the pictures and the little gems about Singapore and your travels. Also, I am a big noir fan too, so much so both Mummy and housekeeper have told me I don way too much black!

    PS: Just in case you wanted to know the demographics of your readers, I am a 34 year old Malaysian Chinese female doctor, living in Melbourne.


    Arissa replied on

    T___T I’m so glad someone noticed that we’re posting more often now. It’s really hard to keep a blog schedule amidst juggling everything else that we have outside of it (work, personal life, social life).

    I don’t think anyone can wear too much black! đŸ˜€ Thank you so much for visiting and leaving us such kind words. <3 You have no idea how much it makes our day.


  5. Georgie says:

    Hey There Dawn.

    I stumbled across your blog. I’m from Australia & I’ll be gracing your tropical island in a couple weeks. I’m staying for a semester to do uni & stumped what to pack. As a girl that always likes to look good but only has a 23kg bag allowance do you have any suggestions. Things I need, things I don’t need?

    Georgie. Xx


  6. LJ says:

    Wow! Those wedges seem high. But it is definitely won’t get your feet wet..hehehe


  7. nadnut says:

    I love your outfit, especially the tights! but i can’t carry this off :(


  8. Rhea says:

    Eep, you are so gorgeous, and with great style. Do you mind sharing the details of the bag? I absolutely love it!


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