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For years I resisted buying a raincoat, thinking it was a little excessive to splash out on an item designed to fulfil one specific purpose. I’m all for functional pieces, but the pair of Hunter gumboots that have sat in my wardrobe for years go to that point. I bought them in the middle of a trip a few years ago where we found ourselves caught in a snowstorm in New York. They were a lifesaver at the time, but haven’t been put to much use since then. That is, until this year. The rainfall has been extraordinary here, Sydney recorded its average annual rainfall in the first 3 months of the year and as I type, we’re in the middle of a deluge that could see a month’s worth of rainfall over the next few days. Wet wet wet.
It only takes a couple of miserable rainy day outings without the proper functional & waterproof gear to realise what a difference keeping dry actually makes. I only need to walk around with wet socks and soggy shoes for a few minutes before I’m Cranky McCrankface. While my Hunter gumboots have been put to good use again this year, I tried to make do with my water-resistant jackets. But as you’ve probably experienced yourself, water-resistant items only repel water to a certain degree before they get soaked through. And wet clothing = a miserable me.
Conveniently, minimal and utilitarian fashion is in right now, so there’s no shortage of waterproof items that tick both the stylish and functional boxes. In fact, I added another pair of rain boots from Everlane to my wardrobe this year, an ankle boot style that looks similar to the chunky lug sole boots that have been hugely popular.
Today’s rainy day ensemble features my Rains jacket and my Everlane rain boots. My jacket is a unisex style that’s cut to a clean-lined silhouette. I took a size S to accommodate layering knits and I’m really happy with the fit. There are so many good things about this jacket – it’s properly waterproof, lightweight and it has a roomy hood with a cap brim, meaning there’s enough hood to keep your face dry when you’re getting battered in the rain. My husband has one too and we often (smugly) step out to run errands without a brolly (and will congratulate ourselves in the process).
I’ve featured my boots in an earlier blog post before I got serious about my rain gear. Not only are the rain boots functional but they’re also so comfortable. The cushioned insole makes these really bouncy to walk in and it’s just a matter of wiping these clean once you’re done taking inspiration from Peppa Pig and jumping in muddy puddles.
If it’s raining in your part of the world, I hope you’re staying dry, and that you’re equipped with proper waterproof gear! And if it’s not raining where you are, get out there and get amongst it!
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