Oh, these boots. Once such a thing, and now they’ve been overblogged, over-pinned, over-grammed, and I’m totally over the whole thing.
I still have mine. Sitting there in my hallway. And I still wear mine, whenever it rains. As much as I love the new chelsea-style rainboots, I can’t walk into puddles without fear the way I can with these stompers. And when you are living in the middle of a city – with kids – you’ll be going outside everyday (alll day), regardless of the weather.
So. Since it looks like I’ll be wearing these bad boys for the rest of my days (cue dramatic music)…I thought I’d try finding a few outfit formulas to make them feel….fresh.
But I’ll settle for moderately fresh-er.
Here are four solid options (and one hail Mary, in the spirit of full disclosure):
1. With High Rise Shorts
If I had to point to one trend that has really defined the fashion landscape of the last several years, it’s the resurgence of the high-waist. Half-tucking any ol’ sweatshirt (or tee) into a pair of high-rise shorts instantly modernizes any outfit….even one where rainboots are involved.
top: Zady Linen Sweater c/o
shorts: Levi’s Wedgie Fit Shorts in ‘Sierra Skyline’
2. With a Casual Dress + Trench
I know Pinterest is filled with images of girls frolicking in party frocks and Hunter rainboots. I KNOW. But in my personal experience….without a camera crew, fields of flowers, and perfectly quirky accessories….it doesn’t translate. Previous attempts at nailing that look resulted in a costume, rather than something I’d actually wear.
So here’s my Real Life Compromise (RLC? #hahajustkidding): tshirt dresses + trench coats
Trench coats are practical, something you could actually wear in the rain, and smartens things up without being overly fancy. And tshirt dresses are almost as casual as rainboots, which makes the pairing feel natural.
jacket: Everlane ‘The Swing’ Trench (size XS for reference)
3. With Ripped Jeans, Stripes, and Bombers
Ripped jeans look cool peeking out of rainboots. And they keep the vibe from being overly preppy (even when paired with stripes). Further modernize this combo with an of-the-moment bomber jacket.
tee: Saint James
jeans: Levi’s 721
4. With Coated Denim And Rocker Tees
This is my fav for when the rain is really coming down. Coated denim is a little more water repellant than regular denim, and a rocker tee reinforces the tough-girl vibe. I wear mine with an old anorak, but even a bright raincoat would be cute with this one.
anorak: Everlane ‘The City’ Anorak
5. With Denim Rompers or Dresses
Here’s my rationale: denim is so inherently casual, and such a classic pairing with rainboots…that I thought the twist of fancy denim would elevate the rainboot look without being ridiculous.
I think it works!!
jacket: Everlane ‘The City’ Anorak
romper: 7 for All Mankind Denim Romper
sunglasses: Ray-Ban ‘Erika’
Thoughts?? And if you have a go-to rainboot formula that works, shoot us a pic. We’d love to feature some more reader style….