My favorite thing about Portland (and greatest disappointment after only having lived there in the sunny summertime) is the rain. Something about the dreariness and cold, crisp air makes me so happy and energetic! Plus that “after rain” smell is something that instantly makes me smile. I also love the look of tight leggings or skinny jeans under a huge, warm jacket and tucked into oversized boots. Rainy weather gives everyone an excuse to be comfortable and cozy. These are a few of our favorite rain outfits to wear when you decide to brave the world beyond your front door. All you need is a cute umbrella and travel mug of tea!
1) Royally Purple. The Prairie Underground Monarch Raincoat is our favorite go-to piece for wet weather. It has the same classic look of the hoodies, but fit for water! The unique hood can be worn over your head or folded down over your shoulders, making the fashion possibilities endless! Personally, I love the fitted waist and flared bottom. It immediately creates a feminine hourglass shape whereas other raincoats hide every curve! Pair it with the Velvet by Graham & Spencer Darona Wrap Dress and the Free People Pastel Opaque Tights to create a luxurious color palette that is demure enough for the greyness of a rainy day, but not completely bland!
2) Bronze & Brazen. Sometimes being indecisive can be a good thing. So many evenings, especially in the winter, I want to wear a cute outfit but don’t want to freeze or get wet while en route to the restaurant or party! The oversized Spiewak Ranger Fishtail Parka is the perfect piece for when you want to dress flashy, but only once you’ve reached your destination. The peat color matches other earthy tones like the bronze Charlotte Tarantola Butterfoil Tank. Metallics are the new sequins! Throw on your favorite Henry & Belle Coated Denim and you’re ready to hit the town (and stay dry!)
3) Glass of Merlot. Other than comfort & style, the most famous marriage in fashion is feminine pieces & masculine details. That’s why I love this look featuring the Spiewak Saratoga Coat. The wool twill and oversized collar remind me of old fashioned military jackets while the zipper adds a modern touch. Wear it with the Hubris Daphne Skirt and the Hubris Emily Cowl to soften the toughness of the look. Unlike metallics that fall out of favor after the holiday season, burgundy is always popular in the winter and looks great with all shades of denim!
You may have noticed that none of these outfits feature patterns – that’s because it’s a job left up to your umbrella! From polka dots to floral to houndstooth, umbrellas are made in every shape, size, and pattern. Our Pendleton Portland Collection Ponderosa Umbrella features two unique patterns of its own. Choose one that best suits you and express yourself to the sky! Sometimes you have to make your own sunshine.