I’m told this weather is pretty unusual, but since I got back to Palo Alto after the holiday break, it has been raining relatively non-stop. Not the cute rain we got this fall that was warm and gentle. No. This is winter rain, my friends. Dark sky, 5o-ish degrees, and down-pouring. It makes me want to make a blanket cocoon and stay in bed with a cup of tea and a good book. It’s perfect lazy Saturday weather. It’s less than perfect girl-on-the-go weather.
I have always found dressing for the rain to be the hardest type of weather to dress for. I mean, come on. If you don’t wear rain boots your feet get soaking, the hem of your pants gets wet, your legs get wet as you walk almost no matter what you do, your hair gets frizzy, etc. etc. etc. Given the list of gripes I have, I figured this was actually perfect posting fodder. So I put on my rainy day best and hiked off to take a few photos. We actually got super lucky and the rain let up a bit when we shot. Kate and I marveled at how light these photos came out (the power of Kate’s talent and her lovely camera combined).
Anyway, onto my rainy-day strategy. Let me start by praising these boots. Thank you, Hunter, for your Tour boot version. Light, flexible, and narrow in the calf. They are Hunter’s best kept secret. Also, pro-tip, rubber boots can get warm and since the day is already damp, I highly recommend wearing them with a pair of wool socks. The wool handles moisture so much better than cotton, and will keep your feet comfy all day long.
Whenever I wear a pair of boots that comes up over the hem of my jeans, I like to go with a straight or skinny cut jean. This keeps the leg of the jeans from bunching and moving around as you walk, which I just find so uncomfortable. On top, I go for layers. Today was especially chilly so at the last moment I grabbed this vest on my way out the door to throw on under my jacket. The extra insulation was super helpful, as was the cozy scarf for keeping my neck warm (which seems to be the key to my entire body’s temperature regulation). Lastly, a cute outer layer can help pull together a look even at the worst I-look-like-a-wet-animal moments. I have always loved J. Crew’s coats, and this is where this one is from, but it’s a bit old so I linked some other cute green coat options below.
What are your rainy day strategies? Thanks so much for stopping by!
Top: Chelsea28 shirt, J. Crew vest
Jacket: J. Crew (sold out, similar here, here, and here)
Shoes: Hunter (read my post here on sizing recommendations)
Accessories: Banana Republic scarf (old, similar)
Photography: Kate Comee