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Real talk: it's hard not to get depressed while looking at the weather forecast, you guys. We know that SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) normally applies to the wintertime, but considering how soaking, sopping, and downright muddy the summertime has been thus far (at least on the East Coast), this nonstop dreariness is seriously taking a toll. BUT you know what? Instead of succumbing to the temptation to sulk about the rain, it's time to make the most of it, starting with—duh, where else?!—your closet. So whether you feel like braving the storm, catching up on Netflix at home, or denying the grossness outside all together, here are 3 stylish ways to beat June Gloom until the sun comes out again.

FACE THE ELEMENTS

Beat the storm straight-on in these rainy essentials.
Photo: Urban Outfitters/Herschel/Forever21/Loeffler Randall/Hunter

If you're the adventurous type (or just want to duck out for a coffee), stay dry with these super cute rainy essentials. The bright yellow Urban Outfitters slicker will add a dash of sunshine to the gray everywhere else, and you can never go wrong with classic forest green Hunter boots. Then again, if it's not a total downpour, we also love Loeffler Randall's rubber leopard booties, since they're one of the few styles that don't look embarrassingly out of place once the rain stops. Herschel's classic backback lets you free up your hands for the ultimate staple: your umbrella.

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You know those days that you forget to look at the weather report, and you end up cowering in the doorway of your school, waiting for a break in the deluge so you don't get your suede shoes waterlogged? Everyone has those slip ups, and, honestly, there are also times when you know that it's going to rain but you just don't want to believe it. We often feel like it's way too hard to dress nicely when it's crappy out, but we also know that it doesn't have to be that way. There are a spate of super cute, super functional raincoats, rain boots and umbrellas that can be added to any of your fave outfits and not only keep you from getting soaked, but will make you wish it rained more often. Quick story: a thousand years ago, I was an intern at Men's Vogue. Every few days, an intern would be picked to bring "the book" (remember, in The Devil Wears Prada) to Anna Wintour's office. I was picked once, and it was the day I had paired a plaid jumper with the plainest pair of black and green wellies you've ever seen. When I got up to those hallowed, rolling-rack-decked halls, most of the girls rushing back and forth were in similar boots, some even still wearing their anoraks. I. Rest. My. Case.

There will be no ponchos (well, besides cool ones) for our stylettes.
Photo: Modcloth/ASOS/Forever 21/Topshop

One of the nice things about rain gear is that you don't have to wear it every day. It's not like a pair of regular shoes, or a coat--where the wise thing is to get a relatively neutral version, so that you can pair it with a wide variety of outfits. We firmly believe that rain gear is an opportunity to branch out and wear colors and patterns that might not exactly be considered practical. Another consideration to take into account is that portability is key. Who hasn't worn their raincoat to school or out for the day, only to find that come lunch, the sun is shining and they no longer need their once-necessary coat. Although many of the easily packed options are less that attractive, this Topshop Oversized Pac-a-Poncho (on sale for $24.00) fits neatly into its own little bag, making it easy to stuff into your purse once the clouds part, or even to leave in your locker in case an afternoon shower threatens your walk home. We also love the very Clarissa Explains It All quality of this Forever 21 Hooded Ripstop Raincoat ($22.80) in purple and green, and the Paddington Bear-ness of ASOS' Plastic Rainmac with Rope Tie Detail ($85.15). Finally, since there's nothing wrong with simple and classic, Modcloth's Pretty Slicker Rain Coat in Blue ($129.99) is a fin, easy way to keep dry without losing your sense of humor.

Rain, snow, sleet, or hail, these boots will get you through any inclement weather.
Photo: Hunter/Sperry/Red Valentino/La Crosse/LL Bean/La Chameau

We actually love days when it's raining hard enough to justify leaving the house in a heavy, comfy pair of wellies. There's something so nice and cozy about them (or maybe it's just that they were our golden ticket into the house of Wintour on that rainy day long ago...). Also they make your legs look longer. Whether you pair them with tights and a dress or skirt, leggings and a tunic, jeans, shorts or whatever else, you can work your wellies into any outfit. Also some of them can also double as snow boots, either by themselves or with the addition of liners. We love the slightly more equestrian take on the classic Hunter Boot with their brown and black Cece boot ($195.00), and the classic, high, hunter green of the Sperry Top-Sider Pelican Too ($78.00). If you want the protection of a rain boot without the style, the motorcycle-esque design of the Red Valentino Bow Trim Waterproof Rain Boot ($195.00) is just the place to look. For boots with the Middleton endorsement, look no further than the classic French styling of the La Chameau Iris 2, which we like in eye-popping vermillion red, but is also available in many more practical colors. If you live somewhere that rain isn't your only bad weather obstacle and you're looking for a pair of boots that can do double duty, we have two faves for you to look out for. Classic hunting outfitter La Crosse has recently expanded into the women's market, and we can tell you first hand that their boots, which have unexpected detailing like laces and a wide variety of colors, are both totally rain proof and also super cozy thanks to their fleece liners. We're particularly fond of the La Crosse Hixon Women's Grey Boots ($120.00). The super cold weather go-to is really a no-brainer. The classic LL Bean Bean Boots ($179.00) are both super practical and ultra cute, and lined in sherling they'll keep your feet warmer than you ever thought possible. Some have even said they can be too warm, but we think there's just no such thing.

The umbrella: the most important foul weather accessory.
Photo: Gap/Forever 21/

In our opinion, finding an umbrella that you love is essential. We're fond of whimsical prints, but also to sticking to colors that don't totally overpower every outfit. Our favorite umbrellas are from Gap ($24.95). There might even be a member of the MTV Style staff who has been stockpiling them for years. Might be. Not naming names. We also like to get a little silly with our umbrellas on occasion, and for that purpose the Forever 21 Ruffled Polka Dot Umbrella ($6.50) adds a light touch to your outfit, and won't break the bank. We're also huge fans of having an umbrella stashed in every one of our bags just in case a storm strikes, and the J. Crew Pocket Umbrella ($26.50) is both compact and cute. And last but not least, we had to throw something clear in here, because whenever we think of rainy day fashion, we think of Thora Birch's clear raincoat in the movie Now & Then. While we couldn't find a sufficiently cute clear raincoat at the moment, we did find this amazing clear umbrella, the Urban Outfitters' Bubble Umbrella ($14.00).

What are your go-to rainy day essentials?

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Winter Boots from Hunter, Loeffler Randall, Ilse Jacobsen, Timberland, and Vivienne Westwood + Melissa to warm your footsies.

With snow already in the forecast up north, we think it's time to find the perfect pair of winter boots before it's too late and our humble landscape has been transformed into a freakish arctic tundra. (This seems to happen every year and we're NEVER prepared.) We've done the whole black rain boot thing and have had more than a number of normal boots destroyed by the elements, so we've hunted high and low all over the vast expanse of the interwebs to find you the cutest boots suitable for the coolest temps and most inhospitable of weather-challenged days. We're talking pretty pairs that you'll want to wear on sunny days too.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Products

OPI Pink of Hearts in Pink Shatter, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, Tweezerman Precision in Pink Slant Tweezer, & CHI Ionic Limited Edition Breast Cancer Awareness Collection Set.

Here's the thing about Breast Cancer Awareness Month that we have weird issues with. Obviously, we are hard-core #TEAMBOOBS and terrified for besties who have a history of breast cancer on both sides of their families, and we are all for ladyunity and contributing to research, BUT we just can't get behind buying some rando junk because stuff in stores go pink right before they go crazy Halloweeny and then go non-denominational, pan-faith "Holiday Season."

So to commemorate the month and support the various organizations that dedicate time and effort to cancer research, we've rounded up 10 items that you might buy anyway at other times of the year. Not only will a percentage of the proceeds go to a good cause (which we've outlined below), now you don't have to find a place for a fluffy, fuchsia anklet with "COURAGE" bedazzled on it that you impulse-guilt-bought because it was RIGHT THERE.

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