Skipping Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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Scout Hardin

Trade in your suitcase for your backpack; school is back in session. Our spring break slipped away as swiftly as all those discount margaritas you slurped on vacation. Back in Bowling Green, the forecast is rainy — okay, mainly sunny with scattered storms — and showers are inevitable. We might be waving goodbye to beach breezes and cloudless skies, but a little rain never hurt anyone.

Drizzly days tend to see a rise in sweatpants and hoodies. Let’s stop this, okay? You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to put together a well-planned and weather-appropriate outfit.

We’ll start with the basics of rainy day accessories and the No. 1 reason to put away the hoodie: your umbrella! Yes, you heard me — the umbrella. It’s a novel little invention that protects you from all the drizzles. You can’t even make the excuse that they’re unattractive because novelty and fashion umbrellas are easy to find. Pop into any department store, and you are bound to find one that suits your tastes.

Next order of business: goulashes, or the good old-fashioned rain boot. I confess I’ve struggled with wearing goulashes. When I slip them on, I feel like an escaped circus clown swimming in my shoes as I swim through the puddles. Their heavy rubber might keep rain out, but they make me sweat like a pig. Goulashes are adorable and stylish, but they are not for me. I like wearing an ankle boot proofed with a water-repellant spray. Remember, always avoid wearing suede in the rain!

A water-repellant trench coat or jacket comes in handy when the weather is gloomy and gray and is an excellent replacement for those darned hooded sweatshirts. You can usually find cute lightweight rain jackets at stores like Target.

The sky might be cloudy and the rain might be falling, but don’t melt into a puddle. Break out the umbrellas and make a splash!