Rainy Weather Gear Update

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You’ve asked for it…here it is! Another rain gear round-up from your resident fan of gloomy, gray, rainy weather. There are some super cute options this year, especially in the rainboot-that-doesn’t-look-like-a-rainboot category. But let’s start with the jackets, shall we?

Above: boots | jeans

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So, there are tons of raincoats out there. But my goal here, again, was to find some with a little more style or unique details. Something interesting. Because if you live in the Pacific Northwest, you grab your raincoat like you grab your keys or your purse…e’ry. Day. And this mama has no time for a boring coat.

1. Athleta Downpour Coat – This is my favorite jacket in the round-up. SO chic and cute and covers well and big pockets for all your mama needs. I just love it and I wish I needed a new raincoat right now. I’m adoring it. It also comes in petite and plus sizes, which is so amazing.

2. Bridge & Burn Cedar Waxed Cotton in Olive – I love these jackets from my favorite local shop. The waxed cotton is just such a lovely non-nylon option. The plaid lining is spot-on and the longer-in-back-length is perfection.

3. Vince Camuto Belted Asymmetrical Zip Raincoat – Talk about chic…this is it. Super urban and gorgeous. It does have a removable hood which makes it way more practical than it looks here. On sale, too!

4. Cole Haan Signature Back Bow Packable Raincoat – I’m adoring this color right now. Don’t worry, the ‘back bow’ is just simply a back drawstring that allows you to add nice waist definition to the fit of this coat. Yes. It packs down into the included travel pouch, too, so it’s perfect for travel. On sale, also!

 

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I honestly could have put a million pairs of boots here, but these were some that stood out to me as really classy updates on the typical rain boots or shoes we’ve seen in the past few years.

1. Kamik Shellylo – These are such a cute mix of a Chelsea boot meets a rain boot. ALSO, they are a great price point AND they have soft lining in them. These may be my new pair for the winter. They come in black, dark red and a small floral print, too. They’re on their way to me right now and I can’t wait to try them. (LAST MINUTE UPDATE – see below)

2. Sam Edelman Tinsley Rain Boot – These are the pair I’m wearing in the top picture. They are a nice slimmer profile than many rain boots and again, have that cute Chelsea boot styling. The rubber is a little stiff on these, but they were still comfortable enough for everyday wear and are also a great price point. You’d probably want to wear socks with them though as the inside top of the ankle had a scratchy bit to it. Love the matte black finish. They run true to size.

3. Hunter Original High Gloss Boot – These are a classic style, but oooh look at that color! ADORE. You can’t go wrong with Hunter boots for serious rain wear and sloshing through the muck, but gah, what a lovely update. Perfection on that shade.

4. Sorel Lea Waterproof Wedge Boot – I have these and seriously love them. They are a nice update from last year’s 1964 Premium Wedge Laceup that we all wore and loved. I’ll still wear those, but these are a great slip-on addition to my rainy wardrobe. It’s great that they’re waterproof, as most (not all) Sorel are. They are just as comfy and bouncy as the 1964 wedge.

5. Sperry Topsider Saltwater Pearl – This color combo. It’s just beautiful. I see it with gray jeans and a cozy ivory sweater and a lovely silver or taupe raincoat. GAH talk about standing out with your rain gear. Pretty pretty.

Two At-Home Try-on Options

And yay! A couple options came in time for me to try them out and let you know about fit and preference.

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These above are the Kamik Boots (in light gray in the collage of favorites). The lining is so soft and fuzzy and you could easily slip these on without socks. I really wanted to love these. BUT, they have a bit of that duck boot look that really shortens my legs. I have tried on countless rain boots that give me this same effect. Meh. The price point is good and the lining is great. Also, these run a bit short. They are my regular size 8 (EUR 39) and my toes with thin socks hit right at the end. Be aware if you try. You might want to size up.

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Here I have on the Sperry Flex Deck boots and I LOVE them. I like that they are a slimmer silhouette and they are comfy. They come up a bit lower on the leg than the Kamik boots and though they don’t have a fuzzy lining, they do have a soft, microfiber-type padded lining that makes them very comfy around the ankle. I’m wearing my true size and there is a little bit of length in front of my toes, room enough for thicker socks. The width seems a little roomy but not too wide. I really do like these. They are dark gray in color (they look almost black here), but they do come in black, as well. A solid find if you’re in search of ankle rain boots, like me. (By the way, I’m wearing the leggings from Cam’s post and I love them!)

More Rain Gear Favorites

Hope this helps you find some good updates to your gear. Let me know if you’ve found something great that I didn’t come across! And I’d love for you to follow all my rainy weather updates over on Instagram @elletrain !
Don’t forget that vitamin D y’all,
Laura
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15 Comments

  1. I have that Cole Haan jacket, and I love it! I get compliments on it every time I wear it. It really is great for travel too.

  2. Out of all the rain jackets which would you say is the warmest? That is my problem with the rain coats, they aren’t super warm, and I am ALWAYS cold up here in Seattle. Which is your vote for cutest and warmest? Thank you for this roundup, I’m always on the hunt.

    • I’d say the Bridge and Burn waxed cotton coat. Between the lining and the heavier nature of waxed cotton you’d get more warmth for sure. I also have an older coat that has a zip out fleece lining. It’s waxed cotton and it’s great. I didn’t see any this time like that but a thin fleece jacket could work as a lining on Any rain coat and would almost be like a built in lining. I’ll keep searching for warmer though! I tend to wear a lot of wool sweaters so I don’t need a heavy outer layer.

  3. How do the sorel wedges fit? I am ready to pull the trigger and order but am reading so many conflicting reviews ranging from “order 1/2 size down” to “order 1/2 size up”. What should I do?!

    • Sorel boots in general are all over the map. As far as these wedges though, I wear my normal size. If you like really thick socks you might consider 1/2 size up, but since I’m in a moderate climate I wear thin socks and my regular size is great. I hope this helps!

  4. Thank you! Here’s a dilemma: do you have any recommendations for a rain shoe/boot to wear on a walking commute with business casual and/or business formal wear? Comfortable enough for waking, chic enough to not look terrible with a pencil skirt, and small enough to slide under the desk when you get to the office?

  5. Well-written and useful explanation of “wet out.” Working on small craft, sometimes means getting caught in weather, and some law of nature dictates wind will be from direction we need to go. Standing at helm in rain, any speed only multiplies penetration and chill. SCUBA masks can help, if not fogged up. I’ve not found Foul Weather gear that keeps you dry, it will be rain or sweat if not both.

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