(SPOT.ph) There are two simple rules to follow in order to build a functional closet: first is to keep timeless pieces in your wardrobe that you can use over and over, and the second is to always be prepared. Whether it’s a fancy party, a big meeting, or a bit of bad weather, there should always be a staple you can reach for at a moment’s notice. Sure, you can turn to classic pieces in your closet, but you might have to change things up when rain is in the forecast. These days, the weather is more unpredictable than ever, so be sure to have these rainy-day essentials in your wardrobe just in case.
Here are 10 handy pieces to keep in your closet for the rainy season:
A lightweight, waterproof jacket like this parka from Under Armour is probably the first piece you need to have once the rainy season kicks in. It comes in practical colors like black and white so you can wear it over any outfit for a casual athleisure look. You can easily fold up the thin material and keep it in your bag in case of an emergency.
See a list of Under Armour branches.
Rainy days bring chilly air and strong winds so they’re the perfect excuse to bundle up in something cozy, like this knit sweater from H&M. You can leave the buttons fastened all the way up and wear it like a pullover. You can also use it like cardigan—it’s like owning two pieces in one!
See a list of H&M branches.
Who says you can’t wear white sneakers just because it’s raining? Look for a pair made from waterproof, easy-to-clean materials like these rubber sneakers from Melissa. The jelly exteriors won’t let water seep through into your socks. Plus, you can easily wash off any dirt and grime on your own, no problem. This fuss-free pair doesn’t even require you to tie shoelaces!
See a list of Melissa branches.
Protect your head (and your ‘do!) from spontaneous showers with a handy topper. Look for a hat with a brim that goes all around the base for maximum protection. Try this bucket hat from Mango, which is made from a water-resistant polyester material. The reversible design means you can switch between a plain, goes-with-everything black color or a grungy, '90s-esque plaid pattern.
Available at Mango branches nationwide.
For stormy days, we suggest putting your floor-length pants and flared jeans aside—they’ll get soaked the second you step out of the house. Instead, go for some cropped trousers—the shorter length makes it less likely to come into contact with floods and splashes. Try these pants from Uniqlo, which are made from a stretchy fabric for maximum comfort on damp days. Plus, the wrinkle-resistant material dries quickly and will stay looking polished even through your hectic schedule.
See a list of Uniqlo branches.
If your only goal when dressing up on rainy days is comfort, cozy sweatpants are your best bet. Tighter bottoms like skinny jeans or leggings might leave you feeling clammy when humidity hits so go for something with a little more breathing room like these joggers from Pull&Bear. You’ll love kicking back in the loose fit and stretchy material.
See a list of Pull&Bear branches.
You probably use mesh polyester shirts exclusively for exercise, but they can also be your best friend when the stormy season hits. The lightweight fabric prevents moisture from sitting on your skin, so you won’t feel wet and sticky even if you get caught in a drizzle. Opt for a plain colored tee like this top from Adidas, which will look no different from your go-to cotton T-shirt.
See a list of Adidas branches.
Unfortunately, even if the gray sky and light drizzle have you feeling extra lazy, you still need to go to work. If you’re dressing for a big meeting, choose pieces that look polished but will still keep you warm. This coat from Bershka is stylish enough to impress, but is actually ultra-cozy thanks to the loose silhouette and comfy fabric.
See a list of Bershka branches.
Keep a go-to bag for rainy days in your closet—you never know when you’ll be commuting through stormy skies with all your essentials in tow. If you don’t have one yet, this tote from Anello might be a good place to start. The spacious design will be extra handy on busy days when you're constantly pulling things out of your bag and throwing them back in. It also has several pockets inside and out to keep all your necessities safe and organized.
Anello has branches at Estancia Mall, SM Megamall, SM Southmall, SM Mall of Asia, SM City North EDSA, SM City Fairview, SM Aura, Robinsons Magnolia, Robinsons Place Manila, Ayala Malls Vertis North, Alabang Town Center, and Circuit Makati.
When all else fails, a scarf can be your last line of defense against rainfall and strong winds. You can use it as a wraparound for warmth or as a makeshift cover for your head in case none of your other essentials are within reach. Just keep it in your purse and you’re good to go. Choose one that can go with any outfit like this black Stradivarius scarf—its soft material will feel like a warm blanket against your skin.
See a list of Stradivarius branches.