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They say April showers bring May flowers, but here in Washington we are more than ready for the showers to stop and return to the sunny spring. Even though its raining and pouring, that doesn't mean we cant have fun with fashion!
Growing up, jumping in puddles was always one of my favorite things. However, nothing was worse than soaked socks if I forgot to wear proper footwear. Step one for a rainy day outfit is definitely to consider the water-resistance level of your shoes. Anything cloth will soak right through and suede can also be damaged or stained. While you don't necessarily need to be resigned to the plastic rain boots from childhood, I highly recommend something leather like these grey riding boots from Steve Madden.
Jacket: Steve Madden by ModCloth
Shoes: Steve Madden
Pants: Basic LeggingsUmbrella: local vintage shop
When the sky is cloudy like this, its hard to do anything more than curl up in a blanket by the fire with a good book (if you need reading suggestions or maybe a drink, make sure to check out our Literary Libations posts here!). Unfortunately, as adults, work or school usually get in the way of this. Therefore the second step to compiling your outfit is to wear something comfortable! I have always been a big fan of leggings and an over-sized sweater on cold days for exactly this reason.
Stepping outside, you certainly want to stay warm and stay protected from the elements. Much like with rain boots, a rain jacket is usually thought of as only something plastic. This Steve Madden coat via ModCloth is my absolute favorite for the fact that it is both warm and stylish. The large hood is enough to keep me dry, plus adding in a truly unique and vintage-style look.
For any of your outdoor wear - shoes and jackets alike - it is always a good idea to spray them down with a water-proofing or water-resistant treatment. My family has always used Nikwax, but there are many brands available both online and in outdoor oriented stores. These products are safe for almost all fabric types and help tremendously to keep you warm and dry.
The final touch to surviving the downpour is something to lighten your spirits on a dreary day. Grab a sunny umbrella on your way out the door and you’ll be all set for whatever mother nature throws in in your direction. Happy Puddle Jumping!
Published: April 17, 2015