Layering for Rainy Weather

Layering for Rainy Weather

Throughout the year, there are different kinds of rain. This change in weather influences how people dress from head to toe and also changes plans. However, whether it’s the refreshing summer rain or blustery late fall downpours, one thing remains constant — you need to stay dry. What types of women’s rain jackets do you need for each season, and how can you layer your clothing underneath to keep you the most comfortable? From footwear to outwear, this is how you can layer for rainy weather.

Prepare to Feel Colder With Rain

Whenever it rains, take your season’s typical weather and then minus 10 to 20 degrees. This means that you should take another layer with you than you typically would. In the summer, this could simply mean taking one of your tall cardigan sweaters with you just in case you feel chilly. In colder seasons, you should wear an extra women’s sweater or put a pair of women’s long underwear under your jeans to keep away the extra cold. If you don’t want to put a full layer over a long sleeve shirt, a vest is a great compromise. Not only does it keep your core warm, but it also doesn’t add a lot of bulk to your outfit, especially if you choose fleece.

Speaking of Fleece…

In rainy weather, there’s nothing better than layering with athletic fleece. It’s both moisture-wicking and insulating without weighing you down. You can keep some fleece pullovers and sweatpants in a gym bag to make it convenient to add a layer when you’re in need. Fleece is also affordable, durable, and keeps its shape wash after wash. Though it’s no raincoat, it can help you get through a short outing in the rain if you also bring an umbrella. On most casual rainy days, synthetic fleece can resist water droplets and protect you from mist and colder breezes. Then, it quickly dries off when you go indoors. However, if there's significant rain in your forecast, go for a traditional raincoat instead.

Layer With Waterproof Outerwear

When it rains during a cold season, it’s time to switch out your down coat for an insulated raincoat. This type of outerwear has insulating materials inside but with a waterproof outer layer. As a result, you stay warm without having water soak into your layers. If your raincoat isn’t insulated but you need a fall and winter-friendly solution, a fleece pullover works excellent as an underlayer, too!

In the spring and summer, you don’t want the extra weight of insulation. Instead, you just need a waterproof windbreaker or rain jacket that's lightly lined with a material that won’t overheat you. This keeps the water away without making your trek outside feel like a sauna.


Rainy weather means slicker roads, muddy paths, and puddles. This isn’t the time for high heels or your mesh sneakers. Instead, invest in a quality pair of rain boots to get you from point A to B with dry feet. There are many different types of rain boots to help you match your outfit and navigate your area. For instance, mid-calf rain boots are excellent for blustery, windy rain since water can come in from the sides of lower boots and get your socks wet. There are also bigger puddles and a lot of mud when there's active rain. For days after the rain when the paths are still slick, ankle rain boots have just what you need to stay dry and comfortable as you check your mail, walk to the corner shop, or head out to the garden to check on your plants.

Everything's Better With an Umbrella

No matter how much you layer, having another barrier of protection against the rain will benefit you. Umbrellas aren’t foolproof at keeping the rain away, but you can block most of it when you use one properly. You’ll always be drier and feel more confident about being in the rain with a portable shelter over your head. If you really want more protection, a rain hat can also come in handy.

By dressing head to toe with waterproof layers and insulation according to the season, you can be “singing in the rain” throughout the year.


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