By Sara Kennedy / Sunday Market
Those light and lacy summer clothes were fun to buy, but when you live in the Pacific Northwest it makes the most sense to invest in rainy-season gear. You’ll be wearing it pretty much daily for the next eight or nine months, after all.
Don’t get depressed, though. Rain gear has become almost as much fun to shop for as warm-weather fashion, with high style wrapped in waterproof packaging. Here are a few picks to keep you looking good through all the drizzles, showers and downpours.
Prairie Underground’s Monarch Raincoat ($278 at Horseshoe, Ballard) is new for fall and comes in a fashionable Army green. It has the same gathering around its generous hood as the Seattle company’s cult-favorite Cloak Hoodie.
Yes, Seattleites tend to wear clothes that match the gray winter sky. But a pop of color is a nice change once in a while. Mossimo Supply Co. Junior’s Long Anorak Coat ($40 at target.com) has a big hood and a drawstring waist for shape, and comes in a happy coral color.
Can’t bear to hide your wools and cashmeres under a swath of black nylon? Try a clear raincoat, such as the Topshop Leopard Print Plastic Mac ($90 at us.topshop.com). Fashionistas will have fun styling the animal-print slicker and picking out the pieces that pop best underneath.
The locally made Iva Jean Rain Cape ($220 at Eurostyle Your Life, Belltown) was designed for bikers, but its on-trend full shape can go anywhere. It has a billed hood and high collar to keep the rain out on extra-breezy days. And a clever pull system gathers the sides to create ruched arm openings.
Men can take Northwest-rugged chic to the next level with the Filson Redwood II Anorak ($275 at Filson, Sodo). The locally made jacket is packed with cleverly placed pockets and has loads of features for a custom fit, including a hip zipper, hem draw cord and two-snap cuff.
We’ve all done it: gone out in a coat that lacks a hood. If you don’t want to pack an umbrella, check out Arisha Hatters’ line of rain hats you’ll be proud to be seen in. The Silver Cloud Rain Newsboy Cap ($48) comes in metallic gray with a bow accent, and the Lucky Trooper Rain Hat Bonnet ($55, both at etsy.com/shop/ArishaHatters) comes in a chic orange-based camo.
Real Seattleites don’t carry umbrellas … yeah, yeah. You might change your mind after a stroll through Bella Umbrella at Pike Place Market. Portland’s Shedrain offers a Panel Auto Stick Umbrella ($69) that comes in bright red or blue with a band of polka dots around the border. Or check out Knirps’ Signature X1 Pod ($49), which packs down into a 7-inch sunglass-style case.
Boots and bags
If you’re ready to embrace a return to ’90s style, invest in Ilse Jacobsen’s Hornbæk Rub Boots ($170 at Nordstrom). The rubber rain boots have a thick lug sole with contrast stitching and a faux lace-up front. The look channels classic Dr. Martens, but with no worries about water stains.
T.J.Maxx is now selling its discounted designer goods online (the company recently had Gucci Rain Boots for $180). For a real deal, check out the Capelli Jelly Rain Booties ($20), which come in shiny black with a sweet ivory flower applique.
When it’s really coming down, make sure your electronics are in a waterproof bag, such as Alchemy Goods’ Mercer Mini ($108 at alchemygoods.com). Made in Seattle from reclaimed bike tubes and seat-belt material, the shoulder bag is the perfect size to keep a tablet, phone and wallet safe and dry.
New parents need to get out of the house no matter the weather. When it’s raining, wrap baby up in the Columbia Bugababy Interchange 3-in-1 Bunting ($75 at REI), which has a waterproof shell and a fleece liner that can be worn separately or together.
Let older kids show their personality with a Pluie Pluie Rain Coat ($44 at Clover, Ballard), which sports fun prints such as rocket ships or safari animals. The coats are PVC-free and fleece-lined for extra warmth.
Camo may be trendy for adults this fall, but it is perennially cute on kids. The Western Chief Camo Rain Boots ($30 at Nordstrom) were probably designed with boys in mind, but they would also look great paired with a bright-pink raincoat on a girl.
Trust your kid to keep track of an umbrella? The Bungalow360 Hippo Umbrella ($30 at Portage Bay Goods, Fremont) is adorably kid-friendly, but not so cutesy that it would look silly if Mom or Dad needed to borrow it on the sidelines during a soccer game.