12 Rainy Day Outfits That Spark Joy Even When It's Gloomy Out

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Spring can be a complicated season, at least from a style perspective. While we all get excited when the first warmer days arrive, we often end up with weeks of rain showers and chillier gray days to get through. While you can't stop the rain from falling, you can still create inspired outfits that blend style and practicality to make you feel like sunshine, even when the skies are gloomy. Whether you're championing the statement trench, bringing back rain boots as a fashion statement, or dressing in darker colors for practicality, we have plenty of tips for how to bring some style to a stormy day. Ahead, see 12 rainy day outfits that will surely take your style by storm. 

Rain On Me

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Just because the day is rainy and gloomy doesn’t mean your outfit has to be. In fact, a little fall of rain can be the perfect excuse to put together a statement outfit. Take some inspiration from Da’vine Joy Randolph by pairing a bold leather trench coat with a red satin dress and some sunglasses for a glamorous touch.

Ready for Adventure

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Just because it’s raining outside doesn’t mean that you have to lay low. You should absolutely go out and explore—just make sure you dress for your outings by investing in some good rain boots and an anorak jacket to keep you warm. Add a bucket hat to protect your hair, and you’re ready to head out.

On the Run

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It's an age-old dilemma: The temperature is rising, you're feeling energized, and you’ve just planned a full-on ensemble when... it rains. Don’t let the storm rain on your parade: Instead, throw an oversized leather bomber, as the piece can protect you from the elements without looking out of place. A look like this is ideal for a passing storm, so you can transition between practicality and showing off your outfit.

Easy Being Green

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On rainy days, darker colors are ideal, as an all-white outfit can easily show the effects of a sudden downpour. If you’re getting tired of basic black, try a rich green shade for a practical yet fresh spring look. Keep it casual by pairing a green jacket with shearling trim with some flare pants and a practical yet fun baseball cap.

Casual Cool

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Sometimes, on a gray day, it's nearly impossible to muster the energy to get out of bed, yet alone figure out an outfit. If you must leave the house, style a simple yet inspired look by pairing an oversized hoodie with a long trench coat and lace-up boots. The contrast between the oversized hoodie and the structured trench will make you look put-together—even if you don’t feel it.

Cheerful Color Blocking

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Color is an important factor in any outfit, but it’s especially necessary during dull days when you could really use a boost. Practice a little dopamine dressing in your rainy day outfit by opting for a color-blocked raincoat and a vivid snake print handbag.

Denim Forever

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If you’re ever unsure of what to wear, denim is always a solid choice. It’s versatile enough to easily dress up or down, and it works for most types of weather (just bring an umbrella if there's a downpour). If you’re getting bored of your regular blue jeans, mix it up with an on-trend denim trench coat, paired with some white sneakers and a colorful romper for a touch of spring fun.

The Great Outdoors

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Winter may be over, but that doesn’t mean we should put all our coats and boots away just yet. A good arsenal of layers and rain gear is key to get through spring—no one wants to end up freezing for hours just because they were too stubborn to put on a coat. Take a page out of Kacey Musgraves’s style book by pairing a neutral raincoat with some cozy joggers and rain boots.

Pastel Showers

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Spring is here, which means it's time for the season's signature pastel color palettes and floral prints—rain or shine. If you want to brighten up a dull day, pair a pastel plaid or floral coat with some sweet accessories to brighten both your outfit and your outlook.

Layered Style

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While a rainy day outfit technically can be as simple as throwing a raincoat over your look, if you really want to make a statement, some expert layering can help the outfit flow. Blend romance and athletic style by pairing a black flare dress with an oversized, sporty jacket. Add a white corset belt for an unexpected touch that will make you stand out on the grayest of days.

In the Clear

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One of the biggest drawbacks to a regular raincoat is that it hides your outfit underneath. Luckily, clear raincoats get around this problem while still looking stylish. Layer a style with a fun pattern over a black dress and your favorite spring handbag to hype yourself up for a busy day in any weather.

Dark Dopamine

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If all else fails, you can't go wrong with an all-black look, especially on a dark and rainy day. However, dressing in head-to-toe black doesn’t have to be one-note. Adding some textural pieces, like a woven jacket and a leather skirt, will give the outfit depth and make it much more interesting to look at.

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