Rainy Day Outfit For A Hot Summer Day: How to Style it High or Low

A horribly hot and rainy day in Chicago last weekend (along with my desire to always be prepared for a fashion emergency) prompted me to put together this outfit. This rainy day outfit is an everyday look for a casual event like a cookout, sporting event or for running errands. You can still look chic, and most importantly you will feel comfortable and stay dry on a hot rainy day in the summer.

What to Wear On A Hot Rainy Summer Day

Here’s what to wear on a hot and steamy rainy summer day, styled both high and low. You can go with all high-end pieces or low-priced counterparts. It’s your choice! Or you can take some of the high-end pieces and mix them with the low-priced items for what is known as high low styling.

Rainy Day Outfits For Hot Summer Days

There are 2 big problems with styling rainy day outfits in the summer.


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  1. It’s wet.
  2. It’s hot.

So you need to wear something that is lightweight, will dry quickly and will not get all wrinkled when the sun finally does shine. That’s where athletic pieces made of sports fabrics come to the rescue! I found items that have “performance” and “moisture wicking” properties that will keep their shape when it rains (or when you sweat) and they will dry quickly. You will feel much more comfortable in these fabrics and not like a soggy mess. And for women over 50, your legs and arms can be covered up and you will look appropriate wherever you go. (As much as you wish you could go out in a bathing suit on hot rainy days, you know that won’t cut it!)

This rainy day athleisure outfit will also be a welcome addition to your wardrobe. It is ideal for summer travel (whether it rains or shines) and to wear for camping or glamping (after all, you will look stylish). The top and pants can be worn again for jogging, hiking or to the gym for workouts, too.

A Rainy Day Outfit High or Low

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A Chic Summer Umbrella

The first thing you need to have on hand is an umbrella! A lightweight and bright black and white print looks more cheerful than your basic black umbrella. You can carry this super stylish runway print Alexander McQueen Graffiti Collapsible Umbrella for $660. Or go with a basic Zebra stripe Totes Water Resistant Travel Size Umbrella for only $24.

Moisture-Wicking Joggers

A pair of lightweight joggers like these Tommy Bahama Alicia IslandZone® Chambray Joggers for $128 will keep you comfortable on a soggy rainy day. They will dry faster when the rain stops! But these Zella Live In Pocket Joggers will work in a similar way and are now Nordstrom Anniversary Sale priced at only $42.99.

White Performance T-Shirt

A basic white t-shirt like this Zella Seamless Performance T-Shirt for $49 will keep you cool and will dry quickly on a hot rainy day. But you can also save some cash and get this MAGCOMSEN Women’s Short Sleeve T-Shirt for $18.98 on Amazon.

Nylon Crossbody Bag

The last thing you want to carry when it is hot and rainy is a big heavy bag. Something like this Prada Re-Edition 2005 Re-Nylon bag for $ 1,950 is ideal because it is light and your hands are free to carry your umbrella! It also has a little pouch for your earbuds. Or you can find less expensive bags like this Baboon To The Moon Nylon Sling Crossbody Bag for only $49.

Classic Birkenstock Sandals

A flat slide sandal with a rubber sole works well on rainy days in the summer. You can get these fancy high-end Birkenstock 1774 Arizona Leather Sandals for $470 (that are well made and will never go out of style) or go with a pair of all-synthetic Birkenstock Essentials Arizona Waterproof Slide Sandals for only $49.95.

Shop This Rainy Day Outfit High Or Low


Alexander McQueen Graffiti Collapsible Umbrella, $660

Tommy Bahama Alicia IslandZone® Chambray Joggers, $128

Zella Seamless Performance T-Shirt, $49

Prada Re-Edition 2005 Re-Nylon Bag, $ 1,950

Birkenstock 1774 Arizona Leather Sandals, $470

Total High End Look: $3257


Totes Water Resistant Travel Size Umbrella, $24

Zella Live In Pocket Joggers (anniversary sale price), $42.99

MAGCOMSEN Women’s Short Sleeve T-Shirt, $18.98

Baboon To The Moon Nylon Sling Crossbody Bag, $49

Birkenstock Essentials Arizona Waterproof Slide Sandal (Women), $49.95

Total Low Price Look: $184.96


Are you ready for a hot rainy summer day? How would you style this rainy day outfit? Would you wear it high or low?

Carol Calacci

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