It’s always worth saving for a rainy day, so the proverb goes. And that’s not just about finances.

Rainy days can be gloomy and inconvenient, but if you get yourself prepared it doesn't have to get you down. Here’s a list of rainy day essentials worth keeping on hard for when an unexpected shower finds its way to your otherwise sunny day.

An umbrella. Well, of course, it goes without saying that having an umbrella on hand is the ideal way to make sure your hair and outfit doesn’t have to suffer when the weather does its thing. Not just any umbrella though.

Choose a shade that will brighten up the weather, and a style that works with your life. Do you need a folding umbrella for your handbag? Stock up and be ready for the rain clouds.

Waterproof mascara isn’t only for tears. Mascara is often the go-to desert island choice for a last ditch survival tool. If you’re likely to be caught in a storm, keep your lashes in tip top condition with mascara designed for a downpour.

How about a trench coat. It’s a strong fashion statement, as well as practical way to cover up. Could be full length to cover up your office wear, or a cropped style for a more cutting edge look. Match the shade with your umbrella, and you’re good to go.

Nowadays wellington boots don’t have to make you look as if you’re off for a day on a farm. They can be tailored for style, and come in a range of colours, some even with wedges or heels. Great way to save your good shoes from the puddles, hardwearing enough to last for years of rainy day moments, and stylish enough to get you in them even when the sun is shining.

Have you considered keeping some sunglasses on hand for rainy days? It might sound counter-intuitive but the glare on cloudy days can be intense, especially if you’re driving.

With all these great rainy day ideas, you’ll be set for the next shower - perhaps even looking forward to it!