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Wardrobe choices to weather Manila’s erratic weather

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SUBTLE layering on Miranda Kerr, and Victoria Beckham’s long sleeveless cover-up

Here’s how to stay stylish come rain or shine.

Up until a few years ago, I was used to bringing out my light, summer-y attire by February, and the rainy-day staples come June. But of late, it can be sunny one morning and then have a sudden downpour come afternoon.

I guess the effects of global warming are to blame, but it’s doing a number on our wardrobe.

So, how is one supposed to dress for this freakish weather? Do you wear pumps or can you get away with strappy sandals and flip-flops? Do you still wear tights or go for bare legs?

For most women, it’s already difficult as it is to choose what to wear on early  mornings to go to work or class; now we even have to pick clothing items that would last us through rain and sun in a day.

There would be days when I would think, “Why didn’t I wear a jacket today?!” In Manila, rainy season is usually from June to September, but that’s no longer always the case. Mother Nature is becoming more and more unpredictable and we need to be prepared for whatever the weather decides to throw our way.

Here are some ways to stay safe and stylish, whatever the weather:

1. Wear thin layers.

I don’t mean fur coats here, but light pieces like cardigans, blazers, knits, or a lightweight trench that you can add or subtract during the day. A scarf is another option—it’s a great accessory, but it can also be wrapped around the head to shield against that sudden gust of wind, or if it rains, it can protect our hair from getting drenched, too.

2. Choose your bottoms wisely.

If you get stranded in a flood, steer clear of heavy fabrics like denim or wool. Opt for bottoms that dry easier, like stretch fabrics. Certain patterns can also disguise water stains.

LAYERS you can pile on or peel off, as seen on the Pre- Fall collections of 3.1 Phillip Lim and Alexander Wang

3. Pick the right footwear.

The erratic weather will naturally force us to store some of our best footwear, but some kinds of leather and patent can withstand water stains. To prevent minor water stains, spray new shoes with a waterproofing compound. Make sure your heels are anti-slip. Most important, steer clear of anything canvas and suede.

4. Carry a tote.

Invest in a lightweight tote that will carry all your essentials plus these items that will keep you prepared come rain or shine: a pair of sunnies and a folding umbrella.

The author is the creator of the website www.frontrowedit.com; e-mail her at www.frontrowedit@gmail.com.

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