When you wake up in the morning and grab the first thing you see hanging in your closet before securing your caffeine fix, sometimes the day's weather forecast is forgotten in favor of what's convenient. I know I'm not alone in having stepped outside without an umbrella for the first time in months, only to discover on my lunch break that it's pouring and chilly. On the flip side, after many months of winter it's easy to forget that it's May and therefore not 20 degrees anymore, meaning that wearing black from blazer to shoes is likely a bit too steamy for work.
When you're in need of not only a weather prediction but also a bit of fashion inspiration, take a peek at my fashion forecast. Tomorrow morning when you're scrambling to get to work on time and look halfway presentable, relax: this handy guide has you covered. From clear skies in Los Angeles to thunder showers in New York and cloud cover in Houston, here's a guide to not only the weather but what exactly you'll need to look chic, whether its hot and humid or chilly and windy.
Unfortunately for those based in the Big Apple, Thursday's forecast is a bit of a wild ride. Between anticipated thunder, rain, and the 62 degree temperature, layers are your friend for tomorrow. Try combining a pencil skirt, cotton blouse and blazer in a neutral palette, and pop a colorful waterproof trench over the top of your ensemble for added interest (and warmth). Timberland's Rudston Waterproof Trench Coat is both rain-repellant and adorable, thanks to its crimson shade.
For those lucky Angelenos out there, Thursday is looking temperate and bright with a potential for partial cloud cover. A jumpsuit in silk or cotton is the perfect, easy piece to slip on for a warm day. Pair your jumpsuit with a sharp blazer and pointy toe heels for a chic work look. Parker's Liv Jumpsuit is patterned perfection, but can easily be toned down with a black blazer and pumps.
Just because the weather is overcast doesn't necessarily mean it will be chilly, but just in case, dress with removable outerwear for potential temperature dips. A pair of straight-leg trousers and a thin silk shell create an excellent base for a chic office ensemble. Throw on a lightweight blazer or sweater to complete the look. Rachel Zoe's High Waisted Cropped Peg Leg Trousers are work-appropriate and utterly chic.
Those who live in the Windy City might be inclined to reach for an extra layer tomorrow just in case, due to partial cloud cover and a temperature of 62 degrees. A midi dress paired with a long blazer will work wonders in keeping you warm and covered, but not too cozy in case the weather warms up. Otte's New York's Open Back Dress is both chic and covered-up enough for moderate weather.
When the chance of precipitation is at 60%, your best bet is to pull out your finest rain gear just in case. Because of the potential for puddles, short rain boots and a compact umbrella are essential for the commute. If you carry electronics with you, try a waterproof PVC tote like Hunter's Original Clear Tote to keep contents from getting soaked.
Juneau residents are in for a clear, if slightly brisk, day tomorrow at 59 degrees. For weather that's less than warm but not bracingly chilly, a long-sleeved shirtdress provides just enough coverage to beat the cold. Tommy Hilfiger's Whimsy Shirtdress is both savvy and fun for the office. Pair with a bright belt for added vibrance.
With the temperature at a balmy 84 degrees, all you need to look chic and stay cool is a simple shift dress in a vibrant shade. Try to stick with a lightweight fabric to beat the heat; textiles like cotton and silk will breathe more easily than wool or cashmere. Black Label's Long Sleeve Dress will light up the room and keep you cool. For extra sun protection, wear a pair of non-reflective sunnies in tortoiseshell or black, and top off the look with nude pumps.
Images: Timberland Women's Rudston Waterproof Trench Coat, $178, shop.timberland.com; Parker Liv Jumpsuit, $297, bloomingdales.com; Rachel Zoe High Waisted Cropped Peg Leg, $195, piperlime.gap.com; Otte New York Open Back Dress, $335, shopbop.com; Hunter Original Clear Tote, $265, usa.hunter-boot.com; Tommy Hilfiger Whimsy Shirtdress, $169.50, usa.tommy.com; Blaque Label Long Sleeve Dress, $150, shopbop.com