Top 5 of the week: rainy season

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Spring showers are right around the corner, and I like to be prepared, because—while I hate being cold worst of all—I also especially hate getting wet. I’ve had a pair of these rain boots for a while, and they’re super-comfy, which isn’t always true of rain boots.

I am so devoted to this Marimekko umbrella—which fits easily in most handbags and is really sturdy. I recently lost mine for the second time and am seriously considering buying another.

For days when it’s wet out and you need to bring along your laptop: this water-resistant quilted tote from Rains.

I love the look of a rain hat like this one for days when it’s just sort of drizzly.

This nifty rain jacket comes in a variety of colors, but I like old-school yellow.

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    Ann
    17 Mar 2022
    12:11pm

    I like those boots very much and the reviews are critical. Was is your take on them? Are they lightweight? Do they leak or fall apart? Thanks for this post!

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    Rosemarie
    17 Mar 2022
    2:38pm

    Enjoyed this post. I live in Seattle, which–true to form–has a passive aggressive approach to dealing with precipitation. It drizzles often, so what the clouds often lack in volume is made up for in duration. That said, it’s not torrential enough for an umbrella or a hat, both of which are the true marks of a tourist here. And yet there’s a lot of quiet grousing about getting wet. So the key is to contort yourself just enough to strike a sweet spot that keeps you marginally dry, but doesn’t look like you’re trying hard–at all–so we can all keep up the ruse that gray skies and drizzle don’t bother us in the least and all the coffee is a sufficient balm against them. My sweet spot now has those Everlane boots in a basket. Let’s hope they make the contortion more fun.

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      Elisabeth
      17 Mar 2022
      3:32pm

      This explains SO MUCH, thank you! I have seen people in hooded rain jackets walking in the rain in Seattle (Oregon, too) with the hood down! Now I know why! Every day truly is a school day.

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        Rosemarie
        17 Mar 2022
        9:24pm

        Heehee! It’s kind of funny. I’m a transplant from Chicago who’s been here nearly 20 years. I’m among the hoodless now. (Eyeroll.)

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    Elisabeth
    17 Mar 2022
    11:13am

    I have a different Joules style and it’s excellent! Well made, comfy and cute, I give it all the stars. Am seriously tempted by this one, because mine is shorter and because I feel a person can’t have too many jackets in general. Am testing this hypothesis hard, in real time.

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      Elisabeth
      17 Mar 2022
      11:28am

      Omg, just discovered on the Nordstrom site that Joules makes the cutest rain boots. Ordered low rain shoes with dogs printed on them. To go with all my jackets.

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      Jax
      18 Mar 2022
      3:52am

      I bought a great Joules jacket some years ago. Really like the light weight and breathable cotton(!). Similar style to the one featured here. But after wearing it in several Cali drought winters, I ended up donating it. Why? Because silly me bought it in a red. I love red but it’s a brighter red with some orange/yellow tone that doesn’t look flatter my skin tone. If it had been a deeper red with a bit of blue, it’d still be there. Was considering buying another Joules in a green but I ended up splurging on a lovely green Barbour rain coat that was on sale. Haven’t had a chance to wear it yet!

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    cw
    17 Mar 2022
    4:14pm

    Want those Everlane boots, my current rain boots are NOT comfortable. Rode my condo elevator today with a lady who is always well dressed and of a certain age––her outfit today was one I would’ve never thought to put together, but it looked so cool on her: pale, pale almost white denim pop-over top with cropped dark rinse jeans with BROWN lace up boots and brown leather tote. Who knew the brown boots (caramel in color) would look good with all that denim, but they did! Love to find “street” inspiration! Also…she has very grey almost white super straight hair that she wears in a very Sassoon-type-cut which gives everything she wears a very edgy look. Love it.

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    Eloise
    17 Mar 2022
    7:25am

    That raincoat really is nifty looking. Your annual “rainy season” post means I will spend a stupidly large chunk of the day kicking myself for leaving the perfect waterproof hat on a train years ago – twice! It was Hat Attack – very mild bucket, black patent but not too shiny, and fit (hats are hard for me). If you need me, I’ll be online fruitlessly searching (again, hats are hard for me and online makes it virtually impossible) for a replacement.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      17 Mar 2022
      11:30am

      Have you ever sent Hat Attack a message to ask if they still make it or could help you track it down, Eloise? Sometimes companies will go the extra mile.

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        Eloise
        17 Mar 2022
        11:38am

        Yup – that’s how I got the second one but they don’t have any water resistant hats right now. They did respond quickly, though! Stumbled onto this site and very tempted by several but return shipping to England would likely render these final sale – and again, hats are hard and “rain” ones can veer very quickly into “old lady territory: https://us.rainhatcollection.com/collections/rain-hats

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          C.D.
          17 Mar 2022
          7:34pm

          I found a cute water-resistant navy french floret rain hat on Bodenusa.com that might work. It has a colorful floral pattern.

          https://www.bodenusa.com/en-us/search?q=Rain+hat+navy+french+floret

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            Eloise
            17 Mar 2022
            9:59pm

            May give that one a try , thanks!

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      liz
      17 Mar 2022
      9:31am

      Hat Attack is great! Good luck.

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