We’re in the middle of spring right now which means it’s the time of year for rain showers. Though our rainy season in Austin may not have me reaching for my galoshes every other day, I find that no matter how infrequently it rains, I’m always glad to have the proper gear when it does. Over a few years I’ve built up my arsenal of rain gear to include the three most important pieces for staying dry in a downpour: Hunter boots, a rubber raincoat, and a bubble umbrella.
My glossy blue Hunter rain boots are the rainy day item I’ve had the longest. I’ve owned less expensive rain boots in fun prints throughout the years, but none has lasted as long as my Hunters. Inevitably over time the colors fade and the rubber dries and cracks, so they always end up becoming my yard work boots. For that reason I decided to invest in Hunters and I’ve never regretted it! I’ve owned these for a couple years and they still look as good as the day I bought them. I’m planning on buying these (in Parchment color) as soon as they come back in my size since I wear my blue ones so much. They’ll be perfect for those drizzly days when I don’t need full-on boots up to my knees or for wearing out at the family lake property where there are critters and snakes around.
Another of my favorite items to keep me dry is a bubble umbrella. Nothing compares when it comes to keeping the rain off my head and shoulders! Just like rain boots, I’ve owned umbrellas in the past, but always the kind that fold up small. Though the size is more convenient for carrying when not in use, it’s the only good thing about them. They’re way too small to keep you covered and flimsy to boot. I’ve had my share of Mary Poppins moments where the umbrella flips entirely inside out from the gusting wind! The shape of the bubble umbrella makes it so that even if the rain’s coming down at an angle, I can huddle under and it wraps around my shoulders. I have two: this blue one that matches my boots, and a Vera Bradley printed one from this post. I alternate between them depending on what coordinates better with my outfit.
My final must-have piece of rain gear is my pink Stutterheim rubber raincoat. It’s my newest purchase this season and completes my trio of essential rainy day items. I’ve never owned a rain slicker before or been interested to don a shiny yellow piece of plastic over my clothes. I discovered Stutterheim raincoats and it completely changed my perception of a rain slicker. The rubber has a soft satin feel that doesn’t squeak or feel cheap, and they have colors to suit any taste. This one is the Mosebacke style which is cut in a flattering A-line shape. There’s not much I can say for functioning that’s not self-explanatory; it’s made of rubber so it’s completely waterproof! With my rain slicker, rain boots, and bubble umbrella, I can completely cover up and stay dry but not feel like I’m sacrificing my outfit for function.
I consider each one of these pieces an investment in my wardrobe. The quality is such that each will last me years, and since I chose pieces in solid colors that I love, I’m not worried that I’ll tire of them over time. Which of these pieces would you invest in first?
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