Sunday, January 22, 2012

How to Wear Wellies in Real Life

I firmly believe in an unspoken rule saying that if it is raining, one should not be required to wear anything but sweatpants and/or (at the very dressiest) jeans.  Unfortunately, the rest of the working world has yet to catch on...

A few years ago, I bought myself an after-Christmas treat of a pair of Hunter boots.  I LOVE them.  They are super cool (in case you didn't know). 

These are my actual boots - pictured in a snow storm a year ago.
So... On the very rare occassion that it is raining or snowing and I need to be out in it for an extended period of time, they are the PERFECT practical accessory for any outfit.  But, I'm going to guess that happens about, oh, ONE time per year.  Most days that it is pouring down rain, I'm only going to walk from my car to the door of wherever I'm going, and I'll be in inside (where it is not wet and puddley) the rest of the day.  (Don't even get me started on days where it starts out raining in the morning and by afternoon it is 70 degrees and sunny... Talk about looking like a tool in rain boots at 4PM.)

It's been raining for a few days here with no plans of stopping, which has left me pondering some very important life questions such as, how exactly does one wear Wellies in real life?

To find the answers, I consulted - who else? - Pinterest. And, I thought I'd share my findings with you all - just in case these sort-of things keep you up at night too. (All of the below opinions are my own, photos and inspiration simply provided by Pinterest. Feel free to disagree.)

Appropriate ways to wear wellies:

With fun tights on ANYONE under 12, ANYTIME.  Or, on someone with funky/trendy style (like my friend Mary - you could totally do it girl).
With a long trenchcoat on rainy days when you are going to be outside (at least 50% of the day).
Design Darling from emersonmade and Cupcakes & Cashmere
With a knee length skirt (preferably, tweed) and long socks or tights (bonus for cute boy in matching boots)
JP tumblr
With long shorts while doing an outdoor activity - like, fishing.  (Which, you know, I do a lot.)
mango-watermelon love tumblr
With vintage dresses and wool sweaters while playing in the ocean.  Again, a favorite pasttime.


With only underwear (sweater optional - for warmth, of course).

Culture Club
 With pearls and your finest attire.
Atlantic-Pacific Blog

Ok, so I got a little ridiculous towards the end, but you get the idea.

*The moral of the story?  I got the same answer I'd suspected all along.  Although adorable, Wellies are just much more practical on days when you are actually going to BE in the rain or snow.  Almost every single picture I found was of someone outside.  UGG.  Sorry little Hunters, until I find a job as a forest ranger, you are probably going to stay pretty in my closet more often than not.

That said, I'm going to need to get some red ones - they seem to be all the rage.  And, I think I'll stick with just jeans.
Atlantic-Pacific Blog
So... How do you wear wellies?  How do you dress on rainy days?


  1. did you see the picture of Kate Middleton and William wearing their's, walking along the beach?? so cute!!
    i have some knock offs, and I actually had forgotten about them, until reading this!so funny!!

  2. This is a fantastic and appropriate post, since it's been raining here for what feels like forever. I find myself wearing my boots for the commute and taking shoes to change into at work, since I hate clomping around in them all day. I am definitely going to have to give that undies-and-boots look a try, though- looks like a winning combo!

  3. I have a pair of black with grey/hot pink polka dot rainboots. Not exactly the most practical pair ever but still, I love them. When it's rainy enough for me to wear them I end up either in jeggins, a big black sweater with a scarf and the boots or on days that I teach and need to rock them I'll actually wear a black dress, pink sweater and rock the boots all day teaching. The kids get a kick out of it.

  4. this seriously made me laugh out loud. next time it rains I fully expect a picture of you down on the pier in your undies and wellies. hahaha. how about this for a cute use of wellies - this is one of my friends from high school who had an adorable charleston wedding

  5. This post is HILARIOUS. I love it. Some of these are just ridiculous. I love them with jeans. But i don't even own a pair! I sure wish i did on crazy rainy days, though!

  6. LOL Don't we all run around in the ocean with our rain boots on? I mean...SO MY LIFE.

  7. HAHAHA!!!!! I am serious laughing out loud reading this! I could have written this myself! I love my Hunter boots SO much and have gotten a little to excited to wear them - like on days when it is "supposed" to rain and then the sun is out 90% of the day and here I am clomping around in rain boots, sweating!

    I finally got to wear them appropriately this weekend when we went to Pittsburgh to visit my uncle and his family and there was a snow storm. We went downtown and they were WONDERFUL to stomp through deep, muddy, snow puddles. I think I fell more in love with them. I am actually looking forward to spring showers.

  8. I don't own any, but love the pics you found! I'm sure I'd be the person in my underwear, wellies & a sweater, definitely my style ;)

  9. You just need to take a trip to Seattle or Vancouver to get optimal boot wearing time!

  10. I know this is an old post, but I just had to chime in that I really appreciate your commentary here. Being in the SF Bay Area, I'm not that attuned to dressing for rain, but thanks to climate change I need to get my wellies in gear!

    ...I'm so glad they'll go with my pearls and underwear-only outfits...


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