Get Rainy Day Ready

Marmot minimalist rain coat with jeans and Hunter Original Refined rain boots.
This rain-ready look is going to be a staple for fall in Seattle.

I’ll plead that I recently moved from drought-plagued Southern California to the Pacific Northwest. Nonetheless, I’m embarrassed to admit that my lightweight raincoat, while still waterproof, was starting to come unraveled at the seams. While I’m fine with weather as long as I’m warm and dry, a quality raincoat was high on my list of necessities.

I’d been halfheartedly looking around for a coat to keep me dry during the rainy season in my new city. Luckily, the REI Labor Day sale ended up being the perfect opportunity to find one before the rain moved in. With the assistance of one incredibly friendly member of the staff, I think I tried on every model of women’s raincoat in the huge (and beautiful) REI flagship store.

Raincoat

The winner is, (drum roll please!) … this Marmot Women’s Minimalist Rain Coat ($60 off through September 5 at REI!). At first try, the coat felt a touch large. However, by tightening the hidden elastic cord in the waist, I was able to create a more snug fit and narrow the look of the body. The sleeves are significantly narrower than many of the other styles I tried on, and can be tightened at the wrist.

The hood is just the right size for my smaller head. Unfortunately, it does not zip or roll away, a common feature in men’s coats. I have plenty of room for a hat or ponytail, but it isn’t a massive hood that comes down over my eyes (I should have snapped a pic of that one for you to see — comical!). Because it is Gore-tex, the raincoat does crinkle somewhat as you move. Nonetheless, I like the matte finish over the shinier look of my old coat.

Because I have such a neutral wardrobe, I can add a pop of color in my raincoat to add a little cheer on a cloudy, rainy day. I fell in love with this deep teal color, which looks greener in warmer lighting than in these photos. I also appreciate that the lining is a dark grey that will stay nicer looking than a lighter color. All in all, there are nine colors for you to choose from, including classic black and a bold royal blue. Branding on the jacket includes the name Marmot on the left breast, Gore-tex on the left forearm, and the Marmot logo on the back. The branding elements are more apparent on some colors than others.

This Marmot Women's Minimalist Rain Jacket in Deep Teal features a dark grey interior.
Don’t forget to check the fit of your hood. When the rain hits, you want it to be large enough to cover your head but not so large as to obscure your view or blow right off.

Overall, I would have loved to see Marmot roll out an XXS size and a zip-in collar (minimalist or not!). That said, I have enough room underneath this coat for a thick sweater or my perennial staple, a black North Face fleece. (It looks like some colors are as low as $27; I just wish that gorgeous green didn’t have a hot pink logo!) All in all, I’m happy to have found a Gore-tex option in such a great color and on sale, no less!

Jeans

I told you that you’d be seeing these again! These jeans are my Madewell Quincy wash 8″ skinny jeans, which I showed you in my very first post!

Rain Boots

I had a pair of leather riding boots that I loved and wore into the ground (4+ years and 3 soles later, the top finally wore through). In my (ongoing) quest to find a new pair of riding boots, I tried on these Hunter Original Refined Rain Boots at Nordstrom’s annual sale (then $129, now back up to $195). The boots come in half sizes only, but the incredibly helpful salesperson (shout out to Jackie in the shoe department at Nordstrom Seattle!) told me they ran a little large, so I sized down to a 6. These are only my second pair of rain boots ever!

I love that ‘refined’ look of the matte black finish and black-and-navy cinching strap in the back. That red and white Hunter logo is, of course, present in the front.

Dark wash jeans and Hunter Original Refined Rain Boots in black.
These Hunter Original Refined Rain Boots might be too tall for petites with shorter tibias.

Side note: the Hunter boots’ box is great-looking and has a red ribbon handle to carry it! I appreciate well-designed packaging.

If you’re a petite, these boots may be too tall. On me, the top of the boot hits just below my knee in the front. This gives me that long-and-lean look I love in a tall boot. That said, they could not hit even half an inch higher without hitting my knee. As you might guess, rubber is not an over-the-knee material! If you do have a longer tibia but find that boots often gap around the calf, these would probably fit well! They are narrower than many boots, especially rain boots, and are comfortably snug (in jeans) to my calf.

I have one complaint about these boots. While they are very easy to get on, I have to be a contortionist to get them off! This usually means asking very nicely for my SO to give me a hand. This probably wouldn’t be as much of an issue if you were on the smaller end of your size. However, in thick socks, my Hunters are a perfect fit.

If you’re looking for a pair of boot-friendly socks, I have multiple pairs of the REI Muted Stripe Knee Socks in both the dark and light grey options. These merino wool socks feature a thicker cushion around the foot to keep your toes comfortable (and aren’t itchy!).

As I wrap up this post, it is just starting to sprinkle outside my window. With this Marmot rain jacket and Hunter rain boots, I feel far more ready to take on fall in Seattle!

May your feet stay warm and dry!

– Casey

 

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