The rainy autumn and winter season is once again here to stay. Rain, sleet, hail and snow will swirl upon the land creating chaos while providing a wintery and often dark beauty to daily life. In film, rain scenes depict the essence of a story, romance or desperation with a wash of water captured by Hollywood rain machines soaking the actors to the bone. Snow scenes are utterly breathtaking with icy white covering everything. However, mere mortals not on the big screen would prefer to remain dry and warm when the elements wipe the world fresh and clean starting anew. Rather than focus on winter white environments let's examine the necessary apparel pieces that keep the warmth in and the soggy world out. Pick up an umbrella, hunker down and check out the sopping wet Forever Chic Style list of necessity rain gear.
NOTE: Always spend as much as in the budget. Refrain from buying cheap and ill fitting attire that will be replaced in a year. Actually will save money by purchasing a quality piece upfront. If short of the all mighty dollar then chose to save and really appreciate when finally purchased and worn.
I. Sophisticated Trench Coat: A classic black or taupe double breasted trench coat is a "must own" for the gloomy grey and wet days of the season. Purchase the most expensive available in a clothing budget. This one coat will be worn over and over again with jeans, skirts, pants and over blouses, turtlenecks and basic tees. Cannot go wrong with a top notch trench made from quality fabrics that protects from natures cold blast climate water. Smile, stay warm and look completely elegant. Add pointed toe boots, pumps and a scarf for and irresistible flair of color.
The Test of Time Trench Coat - Fashion Picks
|Burberry London 'Buckingham' Double Breasted Trench Coat - Nordstrom|
|Trina Turk 'Gwyneth' Flared Wool Gabardine Trench Coat (Regular & Petite) Nordstrom|
POP of Red
|MICHAEL Micheal Kors TrenchTrench Coat with Detachable Hood (Regular & Petite) (Nordstrom Exclusive)|
II. Casual Rain Slicker: Football games, walks with the friends amongst the golden leaves or racing into a store to purchase ingredients for dinner requires a simple and waterproof parka. Favorite brands come to mind that will last.
City or Rural Slickers - Fashion Picks
|Arc 'teryx 'Aphilia' Coat - Nordstrom|
|Patagonia 'Vosque' 3-in-1 Parka - Nordstrom|
|The North Face 'Laney' Trench Raincoat - Nordstrom|
III. Ultimate Rubber Boots: Rubber boots are essential when the rain is falling from the sky and covering the streets and environment with puddles of water. Images of being a child stomping in the rain formed pools come to mind for a minute or two. Or attending a football tailgate in a down pour sometimes requires more than leather boots to keep the rain and mud a bay. More importantly, taking a moment and playing in the rain can be fun and so youthful.
A wee bit of Scottish in the blood - Fashion Picks
|Hunter - Adjustable Back Gloss Rain Boot (Women) - Nordstrom|
Love the red....
|Hunter - 'Huntress' Boot (Women) - Nordstrom|
For the fashion forward...
|Burberry 'Clemence' Rain Boot (Women) - Nordstrom|
|Burberry - Tall Rain Boot - Nordstrom|
VI. Luxe Leather Boots: A pointed toe leather boot is a must have in a fasionistas closet. Numbers in black and brown can be worn with pants, skirts and over stovepipe jeans for a knockout fashion statement. Additionally, keeps the leg and toes warm and toasty during the crisp and gorgeous days of autumn.
Classic Booting - Fashion Picks
|Cole Haan 'Carlyle' Leather Boot (Women)|
|Via Spiga 'Cecil' Pointy Toe Suede Boot|
|Frye 'Molly' Gore Leather Boot (Women)|
|Vince 'Yarmon' Almond Toe Calfskin Leather Chelsea Boot|
V. The Extras: Accessories such as gloves, hats, pashmina scarf and umbrella's finish the rain gear ensemble adding a touch of finished polish.
The Final Touch - Fashion Picks
|U/R Leather Tech Gloves - Nordstrom|
|kate spade new York logo bow leather gloves - Nordstrom|
|Nordstrom Chain Trim Wool Fedora|
|Phase 3 Wool Blend Cap - Nordstrom|
|Nordstrom Collection Cashmere Wrap|
|Burberry London Compact Umbrella|
Be Ready for the Rain Dance!
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain..."