Wellies, they're no longer for farmers and festivals! Damp feet seriously annoy me because my shoes never dry by the next day and the rain can damage them, put your favourites in your bag and change at your destination. Patterned wellies are the perfect pick me up for cloudy days and keep your feet much more dry than most shoes, thanks to the material the rain doesn't seep through. You can find some on the high street but mostly they're either the original green or girly, here are some links to some good websites and thankfully not all of them are skull print:
- Lace Wellingtons from the Victorian Trading Co, perfect for the perky Goth!
- Skull and roses print from Amazon.
- Studded black pair from Amazon.Skull Print from Asda, a cheap pair at only 12.50 pounds.
Umbrellas, there are so many beautiful designs and shapes these days but I personally darent buy any too good in case I leave them somewhere. Just remember to keep the cover and always carry a plastic bag around to protect your bag. You could use a parasol but you must check that is actually waterproof first but sadly I doubt most parasols would be up to Winter wind. You can prevent rust by leaving your umbrella open, you don't really believe that old superstition do you?
- Kate's Clothing, I love this Victorian lace one, it's on my wishlist.
- Alexander McQueen skull print umbrella, okay it's not gonna happen but look at the glitter detail and tell me you wouldn't buy it if you won the lottery.
Never wear anything too special on a rainy day either, the water that may be splashed from cars is seriously dirty and may even have oil in it. Sadly some items are not only easily stained, dry clean only and nowhere near water proof so always check the label, for example some velvets can't withstand rain particularly silk velvet. It will become water spotted which is seriously difficult to remove, however (and I credit Gothic Charm School for this tip) it's easier to turn it into crushed velvet than faff about with techniques. Scrunch, spray with water, steam wrinkles in. Also some prints will run and bleed so test it first by gently blotting an area on the inside of the fabric, sometimes washing or dabbing an item first will remove most of the extra dye but sadly some items are doomed to run.
Can your bag keep out rain? I love my tote bags because of their printed designs but they're terrible at keeping out rain, due to the cotton they practically absorb the moisture. Just in case wrap your items in plastic bags you easily pick it up from shops, for the future start looking at sturdy handbags in waterproof materials such as leather. You'll never struggle to find a leather bag I promise you.
What metals are in your jewellery? Some metals will stain your clothes or get rusty, if it's not proper silver/gold/etc then don't take the risk unless it's going to be covered eg you're wearing a necklace and a scarf.