Be prepared this wet season

The thing about the wet season is that the next hour is unpredictable.

Get comfortable so you’re not caught off-guard, cold and shivering at the end of the day.

Here are a few tips on what to do or have:

  1. Umbrella 

An umbrella is the only other accessory you must never forget. Arm yourself with something you can comfortably manoeuvre in the chaos of this weather.

  1. Rain coat/ Poncho

With the strong winds, rain coat or a poncho are better options to keep dry. These are waterproof or water-resistant worn to protect the body from the rain.

The difference between the two, according to yahoo answers, is: A poncho is just like a raincoat material but it doesn't have sleeves, a zip or button and is thrown over the body. Raincoats on the other hand will have sleeves and a zip or buttons. Both have hoods.

  1. Jacket / Jumper / Light sweater / overcoat/ blazer

These are formal/semi-formal attire that can be worn to keep warm indoors or outdoors. Can be worn by both men and women and suitable for a professional look anytime.

  1. Kaftan (caftan) / warm dresses

According to serene comfort, a caftan is a fluid comfort garment, usually long with loose sleeves and ankle length. Caftans have been worn historically as a traditional garment in Morocco, Africa and the Middle East. In other words, it’s a long loose dress or a loose shirt or top worn by men and women. This has since been adopted by fashion enthusiasts worldwide. While it’s suitable for a hot climate, winter caftans have been made, perfect for the cold weather. Men with daring fashion taste can try this. Women also have warm dresses to choose from, to keep warm and comfortable, while still maintaining a professional outward appearance.

  1. Long pants/ leggings as pants/ jean

These are important to keep the lower part of your body warm. Men and women pants vary and are suitable for different occasions. The important thing here is keeping your legs covered. Women can double up leggings or a tight. Both men and women can layer up a pair of long warm tights under some cozy jeans.

  1. Footwear

It’s important you know what your feet are slipping into. As stated by Minalfootwear, the right footwear, of course, without disrupting your style may be difficult, and sacrificing your best footwear is the least thing you would want to do. Not to mention that you also need to get to your destination safely. Choices to be worn during the rainy season are sandals, slip-proof kicks, rubber flats, boat shoes, quick-drying shoes, washable sneakers, flip flops and rain boots/wellies. (see related article)

  1. Water resistant bag/ handbags

You can’t risk getting your bag and everything in it, soaked! Being prepared is ideal and a water resistant bag sees to that. There’s a difference between water-resistance and water-proof. Accordin to HZO, water-resistant: able to resist the penetration of water to some degree but not entirely. Water-repellent: not easily penetrated by water, especially as a result of being treated for such a purpose with a surface coating. Waterproof: impervious to water. You can also substitute for a heavy trash bag or plastic.

  1. Scarf / neck warmer/ Wool cap / headscarf/ Gloves / warm socks

Can keep you warm both indoors and outdoors, while serving as an extra cool to your look.

  1. Make-up/ comb

If you’re specific for your look, make sure your armed with your makeup and a comb to have a refresh look, every time the rain washes it off.

  1. Layers

As you probably know, layering is essential for staying warm. For example, on top, it's easy to pile on a cami or tank, a tee, a long-sleeved sweater or shirt, and a coat. On the bottom, layer thick tights or leggings (you can even double up!) under your pants or jeans.

The national weather office has warned this season may continue into April. It’s all about being prepared, so get comfortable!

Gloria Bauai