Bad weather is a blogger’s worst nightmare, for obvious reasons. So imagine my shock, as I welcome my first summer in China, only to be told by everybody and their mother that “plum rain season” is here, a.k.a. it’ll be raining non-stop every day until the middle of July. “Plum rain season”?! My first thought: Reluctantly store away all cute outfits and call sister: “Ellen, you’re on your own now.” Second thoughts: Blog post after blog post of myself in different-color Hunter boots and a plastic poncho flashing before my eyes.
Neither of these thoughts was very appealing, so as the old saying goes, “If you can’t beat the rain…”
With a little planning, style does not have to be compromised on a wet day (and in my case, a very hot wet day). In high tropical temperatures, a trench coat is simply out of the question. The answer: a t-shirt. But not any plain white tee. My white t-shirt had a big neoprene peplum trim that while not completely water-resistant, handled raindrops like a champ! I love that it’s a white t-shirt at heart and an unequivocal statement piece in presentation. One tip is to wear pants that hide watermarks well, such as dark trousers or black leggings as I did. To add some visual interest to a black and white outfit, I chose a pair of Kensie Faux Leather Trim Ponte Leggings with leather panels down the sides.
For accessories, opt for patent heels that can easily be wiped clean afterwards, as opposed to suede or soft leather. Since my outfit was conceptually basic (cotton tee and leggings), I went all out with my earrings. I’ve been channeling my tassel obsession by experimenting with some of my own designs. The ones I’m sporting are matte-black Chinese knots with black tassels, separated by a single pearl for contrast. Especially if you have darker hair, black earrings are a great way to go bigger in style but still appear subtle, since they’ll blend in with your hair. Had I worn these earrings in a brighter color, they would’ve taken the spotlight and looked too busy for my outfit.
My goal on this rainy day was to stand out but not look overly done-up. The more makeup you put on when the weather is not in your camp, the more potential for a mess, ie. runny mascara. The last piece I added was my jade bracelet, a gift from my mother, given to her by my grandmother. It was simple, tough, and the perfect personal accent with just a hint of beautiful jade color for my muted outfit. Most women who wear jade on their wrists usually never take it off, as jade is believed to protect its wearer. With my umbrella in hand, I was ready to brave the storm, in style!
Special Thanks to my photographer a.k.a. my amazing husband who donned a poncho along with his Canon DSLR who also had his own little matching poncho. Stay dry, everyone!
Takeaway: Don’t let the weather rain on your parade; Let the raindrops roll right off of you, or your neoprene t-shirt, rather.
Top: Custom (Similar Alexander Wang Neoprene Peplum Top)
Heels: Charles David (Similar Rainn Patent Leather Blush & Black Sandal)