Rainy Day Style

The way the weather has been around here lately, almost every look I wear could be classified as rainy day style, and I’ve been getting my money’s worth out of this rain jacket.

Rainy Day Style: Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Hunter Refined Rain Boots, The North Face Laney II Trench Raincoat, and Topshop Stef Metal Handle Tote Bag.I’ve had some requests for fall jackets, and this one is my favorite. I love the fit — the waist-defining buckled side tabs gives it more shape than a typical anorak so it’s flattering, and it’s longer in the back to cover your seat when you sit down on a wet surface.

It comes in four colors, but I’m a fan of the black. I know black can be perceived as boring, and sure, if you have five other black coats, by all means, go for a color, but I only had one other black coat before I added this to my closet last spring.

Ironically, my favorite winter coat is black, and the color is part of the reason I love it so much. I just think a black coat adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to any outfit.

Rainy Day Style: Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Hunter Refined Rain Boots, The North Face Laney II Trench Raincoat, and Topshop Stef Metal Handle Tote Bag.

Another item of note, this coat has a hood. I won’t buy a rain coat without a hood because I hate having to carry an umbrella. It’s just one more thing else to futz with when your hands are full, plus it’s too easy to lose, so I love a good hooded jacket, and this one has great coverage.

The material has some stretch to it so it keeps it’s shape but allows room to move, and it’s a nice, thick performance fabric that feels nice to the touch.

The North Face Laney II Trench Raincoat

These boots are a few years old; they were an #NSale purchase a few years back, but the Hunter Refined rainboots in Matte Black are pretty much the same without the buckle detail.

I know there are less expensive boots out there, but I haven’t found any as comfortable as Hunters. The other ones I’ve tried are too stiff for me, and these have a lot of support in the footbed, which is nice for those of us with finicky feet.

Rainy Day Style: Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Hunter Refined Rain Boots, The North Face Laney II Trench Raincoat, and Topshop Stef Metal Handle Tote Bag.

So yeah, a variation on this outfit is pretty much what I’ve been living in lately. I’m so happy to say that we’ve had a reprieve from the rain for the past few days, but I’m sure it will be back. It’s hard to be cranky about it when they make rain gear as good as this.

Rainy Day Style: Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Hunter Refined Rain Boots, The North Face Laney II Trench Raincoat, and Topshop Stef Metal Handle Tote Bag.

 rain coat // jeans (budget option) // similar rain boots // metal ring tote

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photos: Alison Cornell