Fall is officially here, which means that we can expect many rainy days (weeks? months?) ahead here in Vancouver. If you have kids, you can’t just stay indoors and hide when the weather turns wet. However, you also don’t need to succumb to ill-fitting gum boots and oversized rain coats. Today, we’re sharing rainy day fashion tips to keep you stylish and practical here in Vancouver.
Rainy Day Fashion Tips
Fits that Flatter
First and foremost, make sure that you have a well-fitting raincoat that looks and feels good. Because it can get cold as well as wet in Vancouver, something lined is your best option. A hood is optional – you can always opt for a hat or umbrella – but it’s definitely nice-to-have in case you get caught in an unexpected downpour. Finally, look for pockets and easy care, so that you can keep up with your kids. Here in Vancouver black is the most popular rainy day fashion choice, but you can add a little bit of sunshine to a rainy day with a splash or colour or a fun pattern.
A lined, belted trench with a detachable hood is a classic choice, and you can find lots of options at many different price points.
Good footwear is a rainy day fashion must. Last year Hunter wellies were everywhere, and no surprise. They’re colourful, comfortable and functional. You can find them at the Bay and Soft Moc here in Vancouver. If you don’t want to spring for those, though (they’re pricy!) lots of retailers carry equally colourful boots at a variety of price points. You might also consider non-rubber boots for getting out around town. Many boots offer water resistance and warmth, and work just fine if you’re not jumping in puddles or running through knee-high wet grass. We checked out Bogs in 2012, which offer stylish boots to keep your feet dry in most situations.
Under my Umbrella
If you’re going to be outside with kids for more than five minutes, a good umbrella is a must-have rainy day fashion accessory. Coats and hats are great, but over time water starts to drip off of them and your pants and shoes can end up soaked. We recommend buying more than one umbrella, in fact. A large golf umbrella is perfect if you’re standing on the sidelines during a wet weather soccer game or picking a couple of kids up from school and offering them shelter, too. A small, compact umbrella stowed in a handbag or coat pocket will keep you covered on the go. As with coats, black umbrellas are a Vancouver classic. We suggest adding some colour and interesting patterns, though, for a little pick-me-up on a gray day.
If you need rainy day fashion ideas, we suggest heading to Pinterest. You can find lots of great images of hats, boots, coats, umbrellas, scarves and more. Sometimes looking to see how someone else has pulled a look together can provide the perfect inspiration for your own wet weather look. And no matter what you wear, have fun and stay dry!
*Photo credit – Girls in Hunter Boots and more on Flickr
Amber Strocel is a writer, aspiring math teacher, suburbanite, wife and mom of two. She believes in the power of the Internet to connect people, and she believes that numbers are the poetry of the universe. You can often find her knitting, sewing, volunteering, working in her garden, and sneaking chocolate when no one's looking. She blogs at Strocel.com and shares her photos on Instagram as @AmberStrocel.