Rainy Day Style
I wasn’t going to jump right back into outfit posts just yet, but when I saw this sweater selling out, I knew I better go ahead and post this rainy day outfit.
The sweater in question is this speckled dolman in whipped cream multi — it reminds me of ice cream with sprinkles! #yesplease
For some reason, I’m a sucker for these donegal type knits. I like the added interest and how it incorporates a subtle pattern that reads more as a solid. This sweater is also really soft and stretchy… so cozy and comfy. It’s one of those that when I tried it on, I didn’t want to take it off, even though the weather was too warm for it.
I love the ribbed detail on the hem, and while I don’t usually like a curved hemline, this one doesn’t bother me because of the relaxed fit and overall longer length. It’s not the most flattering silhouette, but I think it’s cute in a casual, relaxed sort of way. Unfortunately, it’s no longer on sale and most sizes are gone, but I’m wearing the small for reference.
The main purpose of this post, though, is to show a rainy day outfit because that’s mostly what I’ve been living in lately. Thus, the Hunter boots!
I also think longer sweaters like this look best with knee-high boots because of the way they divide up the body proportions. Because the sweater is a light color, and there is low contrast between the black boots and dark wash jeans, I get that 1/3 to 2/3 ratio. I think that’s why this outfit works even though the sweater is a more relaxed style. That, and the volume on top is balanced out with skinny jeans and chunkier shoes.
Also, how cute is this layered coin necklace??? It’s perfect for wearing with higher necklines, and it’s 40% off today with code BIGSALE.
I’ve also got a new budget-friendly bag to show you. This is another Topshop tote, and I think it’s super cute with the ring handle. It’s a nice size, and like the other Topshop tote everyone loves, I think it looks more expensive than it is.
The point of this post, though, was to share this rain jacket. 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.
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.
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.
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.
photo credit: Alison Cornell
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