Dressed for: Staying Dry

Already Pretty outfit featuring black cardigan, Joe Fresh striped dress, Marimekko necklace, ECCO Scupltured 65 tan boots, Ellington bag

Cardigan – Banana Republic (no longer available) – similar
Dress – Joe Fresh for JCP (no longer available) – VERY similar
Boots – ECCO Sculptured 65 courtesy ECCO
Necklace – Marimekko via Skändal – also here
Bag – courtesy Ellington Handbags
Earrings – Target (no longer available) – similar

 Have I mentioned the rain? The seemingly endless string of rainy days we’ve had here over the past weeks? I wear my tall boots year round regardless, but on a day like this when there were only a few bright spots between downpours and the temps never climbed above 60, light colored boots are an ideal choice. (Gracey is gonna back me up on this one, I know it!)

Summer footwear is an emotional subject and I know loads of you adore the feeling of sandals … but anyone else out there a fan of boots for summer? I’m thinking some of you Pacific Northwest folks might feel me on this one. And you Brits, as I hear it’s still cold and rainy across the pond, too!


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15 Responses to “Dressed for: Staying Dry”

  1. Katie

    Even in hot humid Houston, I prefer boots on rainy days in the summer to flip flops. I hate having dirty wet feet and most sandals become precarious when wet.

  2. Robyn

    Oh man, I wish I got to wear my tall boots in summer more often! We do get monsoons here in the Southwest during the summer, but they haven’t started to be regular yet. Plus we’re in a drought. 🙁

  3. Monica H

    I love that necklace! What a nice piece.

    As for the question at hand, as someone that lives in Phoenix, the idea of “summer boots” just does not compute. But, I do love boots and loathe being cold, so I’m sure if I lived in MN I would wear boots year-round too!

  4. Colleen

    “Summer footwear is an emotional subject”

    It is? In what way? Seems straightforward to me – wear something on your feet ;).

  5. Sarah

    I’m baffled as to why anyone would think that sandals/flip flops and tall boots are the only two footwear options available for any day, rainy or otherwise. What about ballet flats, wedges, stilettos, loafers, peep toes, sneakers, mules, kitten heels, espadrilles, clogs, Mary Janes, moccasins, pumps, platforms, sling backs… Do you see where I’m going with this?

    And unless you work outdoors, or live in a monsoon zone, it shouldn’t be that hard to step around the puddles. I would think citizens of any city that has a true, snowy winter would be happy to see the back end of their boots come summer time.

    • Sally

      I do see where you’re going with this, Sarah, and I’m quite sure you’ve seen that I wear the majority of styles you’ve listed off so diligently. This photo was taken during a break in a cool and very stormy day, so boots were the option that I, personally, wanted. We had a late spring here!

      I love boots regardless of the weather. They’re my favorite style of footwear and I think they can work beautifully with certain summer looks. There are plenty of people who live in my climate who adore sandals and refuse to don boots until it’s truly cold again, but I’m just not one of them. To each her own, right?

    • Ashe

      Oh man! When it rains in New Orleans (we are, afterall, below sea level), there…. I always just end up taking off my shoes and going. Sometimes the water gets knee-deep, so it doesn’t matter WHAT shoe I wear…

      Sorry, you mentioned monsoon zone, and I shuttered thinking of those days. (And in the summer here, we typically get a daily 4 pm shower that floods the area where I work.)

  6. Ruth

    Hmm, stepping around the puddles – not when it is really chucking it down. I certainly feel boots are for winter – and also wonder what those pale boots of yours Sally will look like when wet. I think the problem is that most things one can wear on one’s feet in summer don;t cope well with rain. I quite like sandals if it’s warm (rather like getting one’s hair wet – it will dry, unlike clothes). But summer-appropriate shoes tend to be either light coloured or suede or canvas or rope-soled or v thin soled, none of which cope with rain.
    By the way, I have been watching what women have been wearing in London in the last few days, in this season which has now been dubbed sprautumn (spring-autumn – get it?). I have seen woollen coats, woollen scarves, fur-trimmed hoods, opaque tights and Ugg boots. Mind you, some people wear Uggs all summer, even in the heat. I always wonder if they are the same people who wear open sandals in the snow.

    • Ashe

      Ruth– we get the same kind of storms here, and I try to buy a pair of Melissa (or similar) type shoes. Little jelly sandals, flats, t-straps… something ventilated so my feet can breath under the plastic, but dry quickly in the rain!

  7. Ashe

    I think this outfit is darling, but really have to comment on the background– I was so struck by how pretty it is!

  8. Husband Mike

    Thanks! I had been meaning to shoot at that location for a long time. A nice little park with happy water birds in the pond. -HM

  9. Leah

    Hi Sally,

    Love the outfit,the necklace is especially pretty. Also, the background is gorgeous! Where is that?

    I have a question for you. Like you, I prefer to wear boots or other closed-toe shoes when it is raining. However, I am always worried about the rain ruining my shoes, especially my leather and suede shoes. What do you suggest?