Inspired, as I was, by my Victoria vacation, and the super cool rain boots I purchased for the little man....I started wondering if I too could pull off wearing rain boots. I know that they are trendy (which is not necessarily important, it just means that there will be many to choose from) and in certain climates they are practical...but still. Taking a page from the cool island moms in Victoria, I suspected that the best way for moms to wear rain boots is to copy the cool English (and therefore rather staid) version of the rain boot: the wellie.
So I searched wellies. Wellies come in the traditional hunter green, as well as bright red, yellow, purple, blue, metallic silver, etc. In addition to the wellie, I found myself pouring over pages of brightly colored boots with flowers, fish, dots, plaids, stripes, happy faces, ladybugs. These are, mind you, for women. Clearly working the rain boot into your wardrobe requires some thought. So here are the rules I will be applying to rain boots for moms:
When Moms Should Wear Rain Boots
- When it is raining.
- When it is wet -- meaning puddles are on the ground.
- When you might be wading in a stream, mud bed, or pond.
We are moms. While I know Kate Moss wears her rain boots out and about with short shorts and a little vest, I think that most of us would look ridiculous doing the same. No fashion victims, please.
What Kind of Rain Boots Moms Can Wear
- Tall plain ones - hunter green, dark gray, or even bright yellow or red.
- Tall black patent leather ones -- the sheen of these boots will look a little more sophisticated.
- Some patterns are OK for the brave -- but proceed with caution on this one. Skip the Hello Kitty boots, skip the ladybugs, skip anything with rainbows or anything that you think an 8 year old would want to borrow. If reading this makes you nervous, stick with plain.
How To Wear Rain Boots?
If we follow the rules for when to wear rain boots (rain, puddles, mud beds, etc) it follows that you should wear your rain boots over top of your pants. While they might fit underneath a pair of wide leg jeans or trousers, nothing is more annoying than the hem dragging through a puddle and getting wet. So pull the rain boots up over skinny jeans, leggings, or thick tights (if you are also wearing a skirt or dress). Rain boots are quite wide at the top, so you might be able to pull them up over straight leg jeans also. If you are short or larger hipped, just make sure that the pants don't bunch into the boot. You want them to tuck nicely.
I love any of the below combinations with a pair of skinny jeans and long sleeved Tee or sweater.
Lastly, any of the boots below have acceptable patterns, but if you want to wear boots like these, it's best to keep the rest of your outfit very, very simple. Think neutral jacket. I've shown them with North Face's Venture Jacket in black, at Nordstroms for $99.
The first two patterned rainboots are by Chooka, and can be purchased at www.whatapair.com for $75 and $60 respectively. I love the rock-n-roll vibe of the Live Fast Rain Pup, and the purple trim on the the Buffalo Plaid Rain Boots adds a nice pop of color. The last pair is the Catalyst by Cougar, and retails for $50. The Catalyst is a vegan rain boot and has a slight heel. I like how they are ever-so-slightly-reminiscent of a Pucci print.
Boots like these have me hoping for a rainy day. Until then, perhaps I'll go splash around in the City Park fountain. That's legal, right?