Being prepared on a rainy day has never been one of my strong suits. My umbrella is always buried, Hunter wellies are not in my closet, and swishy fabrics are a pet peeve of mine (stemming from the tracksuits of the 90s). However, when you have your hands full with kids and a hefty carseat, moving at the pace of short toddler legs, chances are you will get soaked and step in puddles even in the lightest of downfalls. The Norwegian quote, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing” has stuck in the back of my mind…and pops up every time I’m freezing cold or soaking wet.
So, I resolved to up my game and I have to say – the results are freeing! Just like I bundle up my kids for inclement days, now I do the same for myself. For spring, I settled on the Everlane anorak in bright navy and Sorel Out N About leather waterproof boots in elk. I’m kicking myself for not doing this sooner!
The Everlane anorak is such a great jacket. I couldn’t believe how flattering the subtly curved hem and cinching waist are. I sized down to an extra-small and went for a navy shade with black detailing on the zipper. The anorak is unlined making it so easy to stash in my bag, but when it is zipped up it is a warm layer on windy days. The hood keeps my hands free and head dry, so I don’t bother with an umbrella anymore. I seriously love it.
The Sorel boots are something I stumbled on this winter when I was looking for snow boots. You’ve probably seen the big, shearling lined snow boots by Sorel, which are great if you are out in snow a lot. Since I’m not, I wanted something a little more versatile for my closet. These Sorel boots are unlined, so I can wear them in the spring and fall with simple ankle socks to keep my feet dry. By adding a pair of wool socks, they become my snow boots. These do run small – I ordered up a half size. They were still a bit tight at first, but since they’re leather they are stretching a bit and molding to my foot.