Prior to moving to New York City, I would often sing “rain, rain go away come again another day” after taking a peek outside of my window to see a sky that was nothing but gray! However, while living in NYC when it rains you have no choice but to face it, because the fast pace city does not slow down just because Mother Nature shows up with a torrential down pour (in which I cannot decide if that is a good thing or a bad thing…always being on the move that is)! The first couple of times it rained in the city, I found myself amazingly frustrated as it ruined my wardrobe plans and as you probably already guessed…yes, I’m that girl who picks out her outfit the night before. So I learned that I just had to embrace the rain as another opportunity to be more creative in my clothing. I decided to make a few investments… a trench coat (I will show it in a later post), an awesome singing in the rain umbrella and Hunter boots! Seeing that I live in West Virginia now it is important to tone it down just a tad and make it a bit more practical hence the reason why I am not wearing the trench coat! Anyways, this is how I do rainy day fashion in the small town of Parkersburg, WV…
Rainy Day Fashion
I absolutely love this dress! It is a great transitional piece..I can wear in the summer time with sandals, on rainy days with rain boots and in the winter with tights and riding boots.
I snagged these beautiful boots this past winter for $79.99 at www.usa.hunter-boots.com. Originally priced at $140. I do believe in sale shopping…realistically it is the only way I can afford most of my clothing!
This purse is a dream find! I saw it in the window display at TJ Maxx near Columbus Circle one day on my way to work. So I popped in just to find out the price…and it was only $29.99! I bought the label less purse and I absolutely love it. However, I have been told that it looks like a suitcase, but I don’t care!
Rainy day fashion just isn’t rain day fashion unless you have rain boots! So naturally for this look, my Hunter boots were the foundation piece! From there I knew I had to run errands post shoot and teach dance classes, which were indicating factors that the outfit needed to be both practical and moveable! With there only being a hand full of moderately warm days left here in West Virginia, I decided to go with a dress. Also, I just hate wearing jeans with rain boots…I feel trapped! lol. From there I then added the green military jacket. The mustard color in the dress and the hunter green jacket nicely represent the change in seasons, which is why I put them together. Oh yes, and carrying that particular bag = a no brainer for me! It just felt right, but that did not complete the outfit as I felt something was missing. I played around with a couple of statement necklaces and that did not work so I moved on to scarves. And I do believe that my decision to wear the cheetah print scarf pulled all of the colors and textures together!
Okie dokie, so if one might ask my advice on pulling together a look similar to this, I would simply say…EXPLORE, EXPLORE, EXPLORE! Decide what your must have pieces are for your rainy day look are and build accordingly, based on your adventures for the day…whether that be work, coffee with friends or running to the grocery store! Also, I would advise a little Pinterest research. There are tons of great bloggers who have pinned awesome rainy day fashion imagery just for YOU!
P.S. A super duper big thank you to my sister-in-law, best friend and photographer, Katelyn, for scouting such an awesome location. This was our best shoot yet!
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