6 Easy Tricks for Improved Mood on Rainy Days

Rain can drown your mood. Probably everyone has made this experience. This post encourages you to up your mood and that of the people around you by adding color to your outfit on rainy days.

  1. Why we are moody in April rains
  2. Having fun with neutral outfits and a pop of color
  3. Shoes can make or break an outfit
  4. Rule of two
  5. List of easy tricks to up the mood
  6. Applied Example: Rainy Summer Day Outerwear
  7. Further rainy day outfit ideas to try
  8. Conclusions

Disclosure: There are affiliate links in this post. I am not a medical doctor and the tips do not substitutes to seeking professional medical help in any way.

Why we are moody in April rains

Who hasn’t heard the saying

April showers bring May flowers

which is very true from a vegetation point of view? However, another truth is that on rainy days, everything seems dull, gray and chilly, no matter what time of the year. Everyone seems to be moody. Especially, in spring, if you had not been on a winter vacation somewhere sunny, your vitamin D level is probably low. You, like many other people, have a carving for color and Sun at that time a year. When there is still snow on the ground and it rains, things become really nasty. Slippery sidewalks are not fun at all. Nevertheless, motivate yourself to dress your best everyday.


Having fun with neutral outfits and a pop of color

How can you up your and other people’s mood on a rainy spring day? By dressing stylishly with color. When everything is gray, the human eye and mind is desperate to see something else. When someone’s eye finds what it searched for, there will be the spark of success, a smile, you made someone’s day. This person’s reaction on your outfit will also up your mood. The example above adds several colors to an all neutrals style work outfit by means of the scarf, accessories and pumps.


fashion blogger in colorful outfit on a rainy spring day

Work outfit for a wet spring day

accessories scarf as belt for a pop of color to up the mood

fashion book author in denim dress
Outfit details: Liz Claiborne denim dress (shortened), Anne Klein floral scarf worn as belt,  Hermes collier de chien bangle, Hermes leather bangle, topaz bangle, moonstone ring, chain necklace and Gloria Vanderbilt pumps (all own)


The outfit example below has the “colorless” cleanness of just white, gray, and black. This combination – like black and white – is a statement all by itself. Adding a yellow raincoat as outerwear helps to up the mood.

fashion blogger over 50 wearing a man's raincoat

over 50 years old style blogger wearing neutral colors with a pop of yellow

mature woman in all neutral work outfit
Outfit details: Brooks Brothers cashmere sweater, Oliveo custom made leather skirt (similar skirt available here), studded flats, HH raincoat with rolled up sleeves, Longchamp pliage (all own) and necklace c/o Almo Jewellery

Shoes can make or break an outfit

One can never underestimate what shoes can do for an outfit.
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Wearing the right shoes on a day when a front goes thru town sometimes can be really tough. The puddles and purring rain ask for rubber boots, but they won’t fit to your office outfit. Not to mention, you would sweat wearing them all day.

My solution to this rainy weather style problem is a pair of rubber boots for the commute plus a large work bag. I put my shoes in a fabric shoe bag and carry them back and forth to the office. Thus, at least indoors, the outfit is having its “icing on the cake” – the right shoes.

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The pitfall, however, is that sometimes I forget my shoes at the office. If it happens several days in a row, an office can quickly look like a shoe store – LOL. 😉

Regarding your rubber boots you can find a pair that matches your style. See this review of a fun casual pair of rain boots. Xtra-tuff are great for Alaska Street Style. A classic woman may like a pair with a small heel. Welligntons are a Must-have when you have Bohemian style.

Rule of two

On rainy gray days, I like to add a pop of color when being outside to lift the mood of the people around me. To look stylish always have each non-neutral color appear at least twice in an outfit. It can be in a different shade like the raincoat and sunflower yellow bag – a gift from my husband – in the outfit photos above. I bought this yellow raincoat in the men’s department.

Don’t let the right outfit be a random thing. Wear the right look in every situation by looking up what to wear when in How to Dress for Success in Midlife. Buy the book now.

List of easy tricks to up the mood

Here is a listicle of the six tips to look stylish on rainy days and shear up the mood that were illustrated in detail by means of the example outfits.


  • Being prepared is key. When rain is in the forecast have a folding umbrella and/or a folding raincoat in your tote/work bag for potential protection. Also avoid wearing shoes with leather soles. These soles soak the water from the sidewalk and street. The sole takes hours to dry and you will have wet shoes all day, a recipe for a cold feet and feeling uncomfortable all day. More on how to avoid cold feet at frigid temperatures at the link.
  • On a rainy day, add a pop of color to your outfit. The raincoat, rain boots, bag or umbrella are great points to start to add a pop of color to an (otherwise neutral) outfit. When you live in a climate with lots of rain (e.g. Pacific Northwest, West Europe, Great Britain, Norway, anywhere in the Tropics) you may even think about getting an umbrella collection. You can find more on dressing fashionable for the Pacific Northwest in the post at the link.
  • Wear a bold color dress or top at the office like in the next outfit photos.stylist in purple sheath
    Fall work look with Burberry trench coat
    Outfit details: 3.1 Phillip Lim bag with Elie Tahari sheath dress, striped J. Crew button-down shirt underneath, Chanel belt, Burberry Prorsum trench coat, and nude Anne Klein slingbacks (all own)


  • Reduce your risk of catching a cold and/or feeling uncomfortable. Wear a raincoat or jacket even when you have an umbrella. It is important to stay dry when it drizzles, or when it is windy. Wind pushes the rain drops off their path into a path that is at an angle to the Earth’s surface. This means even though you carry an umbrella your lower body parts may get wet without a long rain coat. In the case of drizzle, you walk faster than the drizzle falls. This means you scavenge drizzle out as you move forward. A clear umbrella may be great on these foggy days, as you may hold it as a shield to at least protect your face and hair from getting wet. Who likes to arrive at work ready for a new blowout and makeup?
  • Wear fabrics that are easy to clean as splashes may occur. Dark jeans are fine as the spots are less visible than on light pants. When it is already warm enough and your work dress code permits bare legs, go for it even when they are still untanned. You can easily towel them dry once you arrived at work, while pantyhose would have spots and take some time to dry. It looks more stylish to have light skin than wearing dirty pantyhose. 😉 Alternatively try black sheer pantyhose. I like those from Hipstik.
  • Avoid wearing fabrics that start smelling when they get humid. You don’t want to smell like a wet sheep or dog.
  • Match your umbrella with your outfitwhite gray office lookstyle blogger pretending to fly with an umbrella like Mary Poppins
    Mary Poppins inspired look
    Outfit details: Brooks Brothers gray turtleneck cashmere sweater, GNW gray tights, Oliveo white pencil leather skirt, silver Ralph Lauren pumps, statement necklace, Modalu Pippa bag in shark, and unbranded printed umbrella (all own)


  • Have a pair of pumps in your work tote/bag as rubber boots are heavy and may lead to sweating. It is already wet outside and you wore the rain boots to stay dry. You don’t want to get them wet inside. The sweat water would lead to cold feet once you are back outside.

Applied Example: Rainy Summer Day Outerwear

The different shades of taupe make this outerwear a monochromatic look. It works due to the different textures of the individual pieces. The turquoise and chartreuse stripes of the skirt add a pop of color to a rainy day.


mature outerwear outfit for a rainy day

outfit details

style book author in trench coat and striped sweater and skirt standing in the rain

style blogger in a work outfit with pieces from summer and fall
Outfit details: Skirt c/o eShakti, own Jeanne Pierre sweater, Hermes collier de chien cuff and bangle, baroque turquoise necklace, , Anne Klein silk scarf, DIY belt, Burryberry trench coat, unbranded pantyhose and Anne Klein pumps

Further rainy day outfit ideas to try

Below you find several outfit ideas that follow the above tips’ concepts. When you need an extra boost of motivation to dress on those rainy day check the tips at the link.

High Latitude Style blogger showing what to wear on a rainy day Double H boots with denim skirt, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, college T-shirt, silk scarf and HH men’s raincoat (all own)
#over50style woman in trench coat on a rainy day Burberry Brit trench coat with Express shirt dress, Madonna True or Dare floral pumps, Jaeger tote and black pearl necklace, Dolce & Gabbana Madonna sunglasses (all own)
over 50 years old fashion blogger with umbrella in the rain Bebe motorcycle leather jacket with Karl Jäger button front dress, Carhartt gingham shirt, Anne Klein T-strap slingbacks, American Meteorological Society umbrella and LV bucket bag (all own)
over 50 years old style blogger presenting a look for a day with rain in the forecast Burned red leather capri pants for a pop of color with Madonna True or Dare floral pumps, GNW sweater, pearl necklace, Kate Moss for Longchamp bag and Burberry Brit trench coat (all own)stylist in trench coat with red bag Burberry Britt trench coat, Celine bag, pantyhose, Clovingto Mary-Janes, G-III suede skirt, Ray Ban sunglasses (all own)

Woman in a golden trench coat on a rainy day Burberry leather coat, GNW tights, Steve Madden sandals, American Meteorological Society umbrella (all own)

mature woman in classic trench coat Burberry Brit trench coat, GNW cardigan, polka dot scarf, L.K. Bennett pumps, Esprit shoulder bag, Paloma Picasso sunglasses (all own) and colorful striped skirt c/o eShakti

midlife woman wearing a trench with polka dot skirt Burberry Brit raincoat, GNW cardigan worn as top, Ralph Lauren  skirt, L.K. Bennett pumps, and yellow Longchamp bag for a pop of color (all own)

stylist in fashion week inspired fall look with biker jacket, scarf, hat, jeans and sandals James & Graham biker jacket, Oscar de la Renta scarf, Loft sweater, Oliveo Italian style jeans, Nicole plateau high heel sandals, red color Celine shopper (all own) and Vienna Scala hat c/o Tenth Street

When you like any of the looks, please feel free to pin them to your Pinterest boards so your family and friends can see them too.


Learn how to style your outerwear also on days when it rains cats and dogs. Consider your rain gear as a Must-have outfit. Invest in chic or fun rubber boots in a fashion color of your palette. A long raincoat in a statement color is a great option. Get an umbrella that goes with your raincoat and rubber boots. Make it fun to add a pop of color for a cute rain look. Shop your own closet for new outfits.

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Does weather affect your mood? What do you do about it? What are your wearing on these April days with moody weather? What are your tricks to stay comfortable even when it rains cats and dogs? Have you ever thought about starting an umbrella collection? What do you wear on a rainy day?

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