By Angela Hazen
Just because you’re dodging the rain doesn’t mean you can’t look great doing it. Cute hats, gloves and boots that can stand up to wet weather make the seasonal transition so much easier. You can still look great when the rain is pouring, you just need to know where to shop. Here are some of the top places where fashion takes on the rainy times of the year. Helpful outdoor accessories make you smile with confidence when the forecast calls for stormy weather.
Glove Me Tender
920 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Are you visiting Chicago and want to pick up quality rain gear? Gold Coast shoppers drop in at Glove Me Tender when the sky gets gloomy. Umbrellas and rain gear abound at this shop for people of all ages. You can outfit the whole family with terrific hats and gloves for rainy days at this North Michigan Avenue location. Get accessorized with Chicago style and face the changing weather in an excellent fashion.
1000 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
Maybe you’re not planning a rainy climb on a mountain but you could use some accessories made for people that are. Erewhon in Lincoln Park is for the outdoor person who needs to be ready for the challenge of rainy weather. With gear sold here, you can rest assured that storms won’t affect your plans. Whether you’re planning on traveling to the middle of nowhere or just running off to lunch in the city, stop at Erewhon to better protect yourself from the rain.
9219 S. State Route 31
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
When shopping for rainy weather, look for waterproof accessories to help you stay dry. Alpine accessories in Lake in the Hills has a wide variety of waterproof accessories and clothing that will help you stand up to bad weather. Although an hour’s drive from downtown Chicago, you can count on Alpine products to keep you dry. Shoppers love the waterproof caps and boots. Don’t forget to have a look at the audio cases which can help keep your cell phone dry when caught in a downpour. Shop Alpine Accessories for terrific choices in tough-weather apparel and accessories.
3551 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Campers know what they are looking for when they show up at the doors of Uncle Dan’s. They know that in order to stay dry and warm on their journey, they can ensure all requirements are met at this Chicago-area destination. But Uncle Dan’s has something for everyone. Many customers here shop for performance-quality accessories that still look stylish. Ponchos for emergencies, hats and gloves, boots and everything else for the whole family can be found here. Expect excellent choices for the unexpected Chicago weather.
811 S. Desplaines St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Get your sporty rain gear at Kozy’s Cyclery on DesPlaines. This biking-oriented store has the serious cyclist in mind but the accessories are great for anyone who would love to keep themselves and their stuff dry in rainy weather. Not only does Kozy’s stock ponchos and gloves for the rain, but it also carries rain-proof bags that will keep your lunches and other accessories dry when you are on the go. Grab a pair of shoe covers for unexpected storms.
Angela Hazen lives in Oak Park, IL. She has worked as a model in Chicago and studied broadcast journalism at Columbia College Chicago. She has traveled to Europe on several occasions, and keeps her readers up to date with local and international style, shopping, fashion and beauty trends. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.