Jeans c/o Fidelity Denim, Twenty8Twelve leather jacket, Rebecca Minkoff bag, Club Monaco
To me, there is nothing as schlumpy as traditional rainboots. Even the noise they make as you trudge through puddles...schlump, schlump, schlump. It's hard to feel chic when your feet are encased in thick rubber, yet they are a complete and utter necessity here in perpetually rainy Vancouver - in other words, you're not going to get away with living here if you don't have a pair.
Fortunately, not only are there some chic options (like most West Coasters, I love Hunter's slim cuts and the amazing limited edition designs they do), but there are ways of styling oneself to minimize the "schlumpiness" (I'm really just trying to get as many derivatives of the word in here as possible) of waterproof footwear. As is almost always the case with me, layers are key, but this time I really rely on my thinnest layers. Thin cashmere tops over top of a silk camisole usually provides a good base, then ordinarily I'd pile on another thin sweater and then a coat but these pics were taken during a weirdly warm day last week so the leather jacket did just fine. My fave skinnies from Fidelity Denim topped with two layered tube socks kept my bottom half warm too. Really, it's just all about trying to keep the look as sleek as possible - minimal bulkiness, daintier accessories than my usual enormous bags and dark neutrals.
Now speaking of Vancouver, if any of you local fashionistas haven't nabbed your Deck Your Closet tickets yet....hurry up and get on it! They're selling through quite quickly, and what's more, they're only available online, so if you snooze, you lose. We have even more exciting sponsors on board now, so though we've sold through our $20 VIP tickets, those who buy regular admission ($10) are still guaranteed a gift with purchase, lots of fun interactive elements (including a holiday lip courtesy of the lovely Erin from the sparkle and Revlon Canada!), indulgences at our candy bar or holiday treat station and, of course, the chance to shop our closets at hugely discounted prices. I'm just clearing out my closet at the moment and am feeling a tiny bit heartbroken about saying bye to some of the pieces but I'm excited for them to find new homes too!
So what are you waiting for? Buy them now before it's too late!