The rainy season can be difficult to dress in style. No matter how dark the sky gets, you can still look chic if you want.
Denise Umutoni, fashion enthusiast and managing director of UDE Fashion, says leather jackets are a must-have. This is because they can go with any outfit, for men and women. “Whether it’s casual or formal, a leather jacket will look great, especially if it fits you well, and you can’t go wrong with a black one.
“You can wear a blazer with a pair of jeans and complete the look with heels, that’s if you want to look formal and casual at the same time. Go for brightly colored blazers so you don’t look dull,” she says.
Umutoni explains that long-sleeved shirts work wonders for the cold, especially if you pair them with a sleeveless jacket.
A skirt that isn’t too short or too long can work well too. Black would be the best color as it doesn’t show spots in case it rains on you. Pair the skirt with a tucked-in long-sleeved shirt and jacket.
A trench coat, says Umutoni, goes great with boots. You can also wear boots with a dress or skinny jeans and a tucked-in t-shirt. Knee high boots are also stylish and will keep you dry and warm.
Emmanuel Chris Niyokwizerwa, stylist and founder of Umulinga Fashion, notes that men only need to take care of a few things. “When it comes to your rainy or cold day wardrobe, your number one goal should be to stay warm. But that doesn’t mean throwing on anything that feels hot or heavy,” he says.
For him, winter, or the cold season, is the best time to dress; since it’s cold, there are chances to wear more clothes, and more clothes means more opportunities to make an outfit look great.
He says, “Choose your outfit based on what can handle the cold, like a knit jacket. You can match it with any outfit you like. It not only makes you look elegant, but also warm.
Niyokwizerwa recommends owning a scarf because when wrapped around the neck, it looks elegant and provides warmth. A scarf can add sparkle to an outfit, adding that matching colors and layers will give you a complete look.
The stylist notes that being “bulky” will limit your movement and give the illusion of extra weight. “Make sure you’re just snug and comfortable in your diapers.”
“You can also opt for a sweater, these come in different assortments and you are guaranteed to stay warm. Consider dark colors like navy blue, black or brown,” he says.