Summer Rain Essentials | Hunter Packable Tours and Stutterheim Slicker
Something about the rainy season this summer made me realize I just can't deal with it with just my old (but trusty) J.Crew chelsea rain booties that are not tall enough. I always bought cheap umbrellas that seemed to flip inside-out when it was windy (and trust me, we get a lot of windy rainy days in DC). I also had no real weatherproof jacket or coat so I was always showing up to places a bit drenched. I decided to invest in a few key rain gear pieces this summer and they've been lifechangers! I'm going to do a few mini reviews for you on the pieces I'm wearing today that I now consider essential rain gear, especially for summer rain.
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I've never really owned a slicker before and I always thought that it wasn't something I would ever need...until I started to deal with windy sideways rain. I always thought an umbrella was enough, but trust me, they aren't always. I first discovered the Swedish brand, Stutterheim while browsing Madewell. They had stocked the Mosebacke raincoats during their collaboration and while I thought it was way out of my price range, I couldn't stop thinking of the classic and feminine silhouette of it and the gorgeous blush color. I didn't purchase a Stutterheim until a year later when they were having their summer sale. It was still quite pricey but definitely worth the investment as the quality of the jacket can't be beat! The outside is a nice coated material (not rubbery) and the jacket is lightweight, but surprisingly, incredibly warm! I've definitely broke a sweat in these and I can see this coat being great for early winter as well with a thick sweater. I didn't get the Mosebacke but instead the Stockholm style which is a straighter silhouette as opposed to the Mosebacke's A-Line. As I mentioned before, they are quite pricey - original retail was $295 but I bought mine on sale for $207. I got cash back from my credit card for this and various other purchases so in reality I only ended up spending around $150. Still, it's quite an investment and one I definitely recommend you think about before purchasing - I don't encourage impulse buying this just because it's so expensive. I do highly recommend it though if it's in your budget and are considering investing in quality rain gear (which is a good investment, I must say). The sizing is unisex for all colors and styles (which basically means they're all men's sizes) so they run rather large. Sizes run from XXXS to XXL. I got this in XXS and it's still a tad big - for reference, I'm 5'3" and my measurements are 32-24-34.
I know, I know, I'm so late to the Hunter boots bandwagon. What can I say? I never thought I needed them until now. There were a few things about Hunter boots I was worried about before I bought my first pair: (1) would they be too big around my calves; (2) would they be too tall on my petite legs; and (3) would they be too heavy for me to walk in? I did a LOT of research and found these Packable Tour boots. I liked these because they were lighter than the originals (which is important to me), they're slightly shorter than the originals, hitting me just under my knees, and they can be folded, true to its name, into a more compact, packable form. Not only is that great for travel, it's great for storing them away during the off-season, if there ever really is an off-season for Hunter boots. The only downside to them is that the calves on the Tours are wider than on the Originals but it hasn't been too wide on me and I'm planning on buying Hunter socks when the weather gets colder so I can close the gap a bit more. These retail for $150 but I got them on sale for $75. As of writing this, they are still on sale so get them while you can!
Like I said earlier, I have always bought cheap umbrellas from a drugstore because they tend to be small and compact. Unfortunately, they're also really weak against wind and quite a few umbrellas of mine have broken because it couldn't stand up to gusts and flipped inside-out. I saw that Hunter also had these awesome Bubble Umbrellas and it came highly recommended from a review I read by an English blogger. Rain in England is pretty intense so I trust the English when they recommend umbrellas. These really hold up against strong gusts with no flipping. Plus, the compact dome shape means that you won't get hit in the face with rain when you're walking (am I the only one with that problem?) These sell for $65 but they're on sale now for $33. It's a hefty price to pay for an umbrella, especially since I was used to paying CVS umbrella prices, but these will last you much longer and guarantee you won't get to work sopping wet from a a flipped out umbrella.
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Do you have anything to recommend for rainy days too? I'd love to know in the comments!