Nordstrom Rack Hunter Boots Sale & Zara Sequin Dress

I've received several questions from readers on what shoes to wear when commuting to work in inclement weather. For the past few years, I've been wearing a pair of black, heeled mid-calf rain boots during damp conditions year-round. Even in the snow, I've found that nothing keeps feet more dry than a good old pair of rubber boots. A basic color like black helps the rubber stand out less against work outfits, especially if you tend to wear black tights often.

Although my pair has served me well, there are some extra wet days when I wished the shaft was taller. When Khatu alerted me of a large selection of Hunter rain boots on sale for $49.95, my interest was piqued.
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Hunter crest wedge rain boots, still full price online, but $49.95 (over 70% off) at Nordstrom Rack

I first mis-understood Khatu's message and thought these were over at regular Nordstrom. I circled the floor like a hawk and saw none on sale at all, thus asked an SA. He confirmed that they were all full price, and literally scoffed at my suggestion of "$49.95." When I finally made it to Nordstrom Rack, there were two racks full of Hunter boots with sizes down to a womens 4. I saw a few classic tall boots, classic short boots, some trendier ones, and some more rugged weather lace-up ones. I tried them all on, but the tall wedges were my personal favorite.
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The silhouette of the wedge boot is sleek (esp. the toe area) compared to Hunter's original boot. The shaft is approximately 14" tall and hits me a little below the knee. The shaft circumference is roomy on me, but noticeably slimmer than other tall rain boots I've tried on (and I won't be too picky with rubber). I just looked these up on Piperlime, and many reviewers said the calf runs narrow. If you don't live near a Nordstrom Rack, you can call and have an SA search for a particular size and style. I used this service to locate a black wedge boot in size 5 from another store, and shipping to home was $11. I think these will be nice for regular rainy days, but for safety reasons, I don't recommend them for icy conditions due to the 3" wedge and 1" platform.

My second success was over at Zara, where I rarely find the fit and fast-fashion quality to warrant the price tags...

This sequin dress has a mix of light silver, dark silver, and champagne-colored sequins, which makes it more elegant and less like a big disco ball. It's also from Zara's Trf juniors line, which runs smaller than their regular womens collection. A S fits me decently but with slight room in the waist, and I would prefer the bottom opening to be a little more tapered. I brought S home with me, and ordered an XS online (free shipping and returns) to compare. My S measures 14" across the chest, 13" across the waist, and 35" long when lying flat, and the material is pretty stretchy.

Left: Zara Trf sequin dress sz S (also in black), Right: ASOS petite lace dress sz 2 (also in black)
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I want to note that in the photo above, I have the waist and bottom hem clipped back about .5" and 1," respectively. Also, the back of this dress dips (as shown in the stock photo), and falls an inch below where my bra band hits. Some readers suggested an inexpensive bra band converter for low-back garments, which I am interested in trying.

As an update on the ASOS full-skirted lace dress reviewed here, one size up (US 2) fit me perfectly, but the red version was disappointing in-person. I don't know if this is my imagination, but the lining feels much more thin and sheer than that of the black, to the point that even flesh-colored pasties were visible from the outside. I could also tell that Nick did not love the full skirt and red color (not a true red...more "electric"). If you are interested in this dress, I would recommend the black version over the red.
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As I already have a good conservative party dress (Anna Karenina for BR), I only plan on getting one glitzier dress this year. The ASOS dress is more fun and youthful, and the Zara one is more fitted and elegant. I liked the ASOS on, but really loved the Zara. The final push was my (typically stoic) boyfriend's reaction - he absolutely loved the sequin dress, which made it worth the heftier $89.90 to me.

Readers - For those who commute to work, what shoes do you wear during inclement weather?

65 comments:

  1. The sequin dress is a great fit. And it looks absolutely gorgeous on you :-)

    Love,

    Danielle

    @ http://daniellescorner.com ~ Make it work being petite ~

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  2. Hunter for $49.95! Be still my heart!! I am running to the Nordstrom rack next to my office tomorrow.

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  3. Boyfriend is right - that sequin dress is awesome! And I also bought Hunter rain boots this season. I wish I could tell you how they're working out, but it has not rained in the 2+ weeks since I got them. Figures.

    Sarah's Real Life

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  4. Great deal on the Hunter boots, but I'm not the biggest fan of a wedged rubber boot. Looks funky. Love both dresses on you! The sequined one will fit very well once it's altered. The bra converter is a huge life saver. You should try it out! : ) Have you looked at the sequin options at H&M? I was there yesterday and saw gold and black sequin dresses, skirts, and tops. It's that time of year! haha

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  5. Boyfriend is right on! The red dress looks to me like a little girl's party dress.

    If I were wearing the sequin dress, I wouldn't bother with the pearls.

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  6. I'm not sure how I feel about wedged hunter boots. I have the tall regular in Aubergine, which looks like it's the same colour as yours. It looks fine at the front and very flattering on the legs in the picture, but a bit strange on the side and back. As the the dresses the sequin one is much more flattering while the red/black one looks a bit too cutesy :).

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  7. Darn! I wish I scored my Hunters for $49.95. Unfortunately paid full price for mine. I got the classic short Hunters and while I love how durable they are, I hate that they are so heavy!

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  8. This looks amazing on you! What a dress. Can I ask how you are going to alter it (self alter or take it to a tailor)? I also bought a sequin dress about a month ago and have to take it into alterations somewhere - but not sure how difficult it will be to alter the sequin fabric, and if I have to take it to my higher end, more expensive tailor or not.

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    1. Hi Jean - I have the same question. Thanks again for your very helpful reviews and advice!

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    2. I'm actually hoping the size XS ordered fits just right. Otherwise, will probably take it in by hand from the inside. If it's a dress you care about, I'd recommend bringing it to a higher-end tailor who may be familiar with working with sequins. Good luck!

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    3. Thanks Jean! Good luck with the XS!

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  9. Definitely the sequin dress.

    The red dress sits a touch too high on the waist on you, which makes it look juvenile.

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  10. Even when I lived in SF, there weren't that many rainy days. And, I didn't ever seem to be able to easily change shoes in the office.

    On less than great days, I have a pair of matronly 2 1/2 inch black pumps-- I think they are some kind of comfort fit brand (like easy spirit, etc). I don't have to worry about tripping or skidding like I would in my stilletos. And, they are tall enough to make most of my hems work.

    Your sparkly dress is so cute! I wish I had someplace to go to warrant that. Please do a post on some formal looks if you can. And, maybe some ideas on how not to freeze when you check in your coat and are wearing your formal dress. I need to find a way to keep a wrap on, but they seem weird to have on during dinner.

    By the way, I scored at the 50% off thrift sale, getting a nice Banana Republic suit for $12! I also found a cute tank that was $1.50 that is about a size 10, which I'm going to alter using your DIY tips (now that I have my new machine).

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  11. Wow, that sequin dress looks great on you! Hope the smaller size comes out perfect! I saw some similar sequin dresses at H&M, but is and looks cheaper of course, haha, I might post up some pics of myself trying one of the dresses on my blog for fun! (Also, I've ordered maybe 3 red dresses from ASOS, and they all turned out fluorescent orangey red, thus I don't trust ASOS red items anymore.)

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  12. I have always thought sequined dresses were tacky...and I stand corrected. It looks lovely.

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  13. Thanks for the tip! Ordered the tall green lace ups from the San Jose store. I live in CO - haha! The San Jose, San Leandro and Colman stores seemed to have a few left - and one Seattle store (downtown is sold out) had a lot of sz 5 & 6 left.

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  14. Check out Hunter Kids boots. It's very common for women with small sizes to go with the kids due to the lower price ($75 full price) and narrower shaft. They are shorter though. Many if the reviews on Zappa are by adult women.

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  15. at first, i was like, "wow, u want it more tapered?" but then i kept reading.

    Surprised nick didn't like the full bottom skirt of the asos, but i always think guys are traditional when it comes to sexy. so i wasn't surprised that he liked the sequin dress more.

    I love a good sequin dress, but I'm still searching for the perfect matte sequin dress w/the perfect sequin shape/size. and i refuse to wear those cheap ones where the sequin is only 1 side. what is that about?!

    I've tried on some hunters before but the calf circumference are so big, I just keep thinking, "how am I gonna keep dry if it jots out so much that rain could fall directly into the boot?" so that's what's stopped me. I have yet to try on the kids, but the circumference on those looks big too. but what am i saying? i live in SD. slight drizzle is all we've been getting and temps in the low 70s. HAHAHAHA.

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  16. I agree - you wear the Zara sequin dress really well!! Thanks so much for the great (and very helpful!!) reviews!!!

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  17. Love both the dresses on you and my fav is the red dress. its so young and flirty!

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  18. I don't know what I would do without your blog--I'm making a beeline for Nordstrom Rack tomorrow to see if I can score a pair of Hunter's! Although I do feel a bit silly justifying rain boots for California weather, every girl ought to have one solid pair, right?

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  19. Hi Jean, in your first picture, where you are wearing a green jacket; may I ask where it is from? I've been looking for a jacket in that color & I can't see the full picture but it seems similar to something I've been looking for! Thanks (:

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    1. It's from Gap, but unfortunately a while ago!

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    2. Old Navy currently has a similar military style jacket, on sale for $19.

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  20. i LOVE nordstrom rack. i find SO many hidden gems there!!! and that sequin dress looks FAB on you! great choice!

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

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  21. Tall boots always bow out at the top for me like the purple wedge Hunters in the first pictures. Why do tall boots always do that for petite girls even when the shaft is as narrow as I can possibly get them?

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  22. How are you going to fix the sequin dress so that it fits you perfectly down at the waist and hem? Please have a tutorial, I've just bought the dress from Zara online...

    Love from London,
    Angie

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    1. Hi Angie, I'm hoping one size down from what's pictured (ordered sz XS online) fits just right. Otherwise, will probably take it in by hand from the inside.

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  23. I think the black lace dress has just as thin of a lining. Your pasties are visible there as well :(
    But I like the silhouette of the sequined dress with clips

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  24. WOW! That is quite a deal on those Hunters! I'm asking for a pair for Christmas and know they are quite pricy!

    LOVE that sequin dress on you!

    www.beautyandbows.com

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  25. The sequined dress is an A+ on you! The red ASOS one looks a little cheap and not a very nice red color. Can't wait to see you how you style the Zara one for a night out!

    www.99boxesofshoes.blogspot.com

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  26. I actually took the plunge and ordered that ASOS dress in black a while back, but the BF had me second guessing my choice when he said he preferred the red.. Judging by the stock photos, I had assumed that the red would be on the brighter side, which is why I went for the black. Glad to know that I made the right choice! Thanks for such an informative post.

    http://www.xjole.com

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  27. I adore my wedge Hunters and would love another pair. Perfect for midwest winters. Wishing there was a Nordstrom Rack close, but now that I know you can call, I will be using that service. Thanks for the tip.
    Love the purple ones you found :)

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  28. Love your sequin dress. It is even better than the one by Vince last year!

    I checked Zara store on newbury yesterday and found many great winter dresses! Bought one maroon/navy striped tunic dress (size s) and loved it.

    They also have some plaid tops (copying Alexander McQueen?) very pretty!

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  29. the zara dress is perfect on you. it is just stunning!

    xox P

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  30. That zara dress is amaze! and the boots! such a good deal!

    We're wrapping up our weekend in pics today on The Glitter Life! http://the-glitter-life.com/2012/12/03/weekend-wrap-up-2/

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  31. California weather doesn't require me to have rain boots, but if I were to get one for style, I would consider the ones you have. You rock it well! =) Love the dresses too- always so classy.

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  32. Glad you went with the sequin over the lace b/c it looks so glam on you! If I had come across that sequin dress on the Zara website by myself, I would not have taken a second glance at it b/c they didn't style it well in the stock photo. Your pearls and black pumps classes it up and makes it look more expensive than on their website. Thank you for teaching us that style and fit can make or break an outfit.

    P.S. For a skinny petite gal, you sure have a lot of curves going on =D

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  33. The Zara dress looks so wonderful on you! Dresses shaped similarly to the ASOS one is an absolute NO for me because it make me look so twee and childlike. I hope you do an update on the dress and how to deal with low backs on dresses. I have roughly the same measurements as you and going bra-less is not an option :(

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  34. that dress looks so luxurious!
    kisses from Milano
    http://sienastyle.blogspot.it/

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  35. I love the Zara sequin dress. You look amazing in it. The ASOS dress is also cute, but the Zara definitely brings the "wow" factor. Cute find on the rain boots! Have a great time at the holiday party!

    xoxo,
    Suzie Q
    www.StyleCueBySuzieQ.com

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  36. Great find at Zara! I have only been in the store a couple times, but like you said, I usually have a difficult time justifying the prices at Zara.

    Great rain boot find...and nice to know that Hunter has smaller calf circumference. I can only imagine the look on the SA's face when you asked him about the $49 boots at the regular store. Lol! I just bought my first pair of Sorel boots for our upcoming Washington trip. All these years and I do not have proper rain footwear...not that it is needed often in Vegas, though. I bought the "conquest carly": http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/sorel-conquest-carly-short-boot/3408288?origin=PredictiveSearch

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    1. Those look very functional, Michelle! They will definitely keep your feet dry while sightseeing. Hope you enjoy your trip to Washington!

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  37. That’s awesome!
    Great job on the styling!
    You always look gorgeous!

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  38. If I had to choose between the Zara dress or the Asos, it would definitely be the Zara sequin. You look amazing in both anyway.

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  39. I ally like the boots! What a great choice for those rainy days when you hate to expose your expensive shoes to damaging humidity! I really like your style and the comparisons you make! LOVE IT!

    thingsgirlswear.blogspot.com

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  40. Let me first start by saying that I have been follow your blog for a number of months now and like it alot. The next few sentences are meant to be constructive observation and in no way to offend or criticize at all. I have notice that some how several of my beloved petite bloggers appear to be thinning away. I know we live in a culture that worship thinness but I just want to say that don't forget your health please. it's more important than any dressess or purses... i promise. at 5ft your healthy wt should be closer to 100lbs. go to national heart/lung institute for bmi calculator. 5ft with 90lbs, bmi 17.6, that's underweight. There are many problems with underwt as well. So again. please be cognizant of your health and don't overlook it at the cost of fashion etc. Again, just a blog follower who is alarmed and want to remind everyone to maintain a healthy wt and stay in good health.
    Please, do not take this as mean spirit at all because I don't mean it that way. only as a friendly caring way since we are all women here.

    take care and thank you for all the wonderful review and tips.
    anna

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  41. I am not that much interested about hunter crest wedge rain boots. I feel uncomfortable with it. However the glitter dress idea is awesome and perfectly matches you.

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  42. The sequin dress is absolutely stunning - fits you like a glove!

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  43. That sequin dress looks better on you than it does on the model in the stock photo! As an extremely petite 5'0" woman myself, I love reading your blog and take comfort in knowing that style is possible...even at this height. :)

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  44. I love the Zara dress! I recently bought a Trf dress in an XS and can confirm that it definitely runs smaller than even the fitted dresses in the normal line. It was a lovely peach dress in a similar fit as your sequin dress and the XS waist was about 23". I didn't measure the waist but it was tightest on my hips, which ultimately led me to return the dress. For reference, my hips are 32" so this dress was pretty slim.

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  45. You look amazing in the sequin dress! Where did you get the checkered top that you are wearing with the Hunter boots? I've been looking for tops like that! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you, but it's actually a skirt from the thrift store : )

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  46. Sorry but I just don't get the rainboots "FAD." Whoever decided rainboots were fashionable must believe that Alf is good tv watching. Just seems like another mainstream "I've got a Tory Burch wallet, Louis bag and oh, rainboots!!

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  47. Your outfits are great! You look so chic. Do you have any tips on how to organize a closet? I'll get one custom made, but I wont have a lot of space so I wanted to make sure every space is well availed. A petite from Brazil here (:

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  48. It is great to know that a popular blogger has openly preferred the Hunter wedge boot. Every blogger out there seems to prefer the look of classic hunter tall boots or other pricy ones with a similar silhuoette. Personally, I have to say I truly dislike the silhuouette of the classic tall boot (on me), as they are so unflattering, especially with work clothes. I love the look on the hunter wedges boots. I have the Hunter Moss wedge boot in black and I love it. It works great with my work clothes when outdoors in rainy weather, and are so flattering on - tapered and sleek.

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  49. Love the boots! Didn't know Hunter made platform-boots!

    http://purselux.blogspot.com.au/

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  50. I love the black and white skirt that you wore with the boots. Could you tell me where it's from? Thanks!

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  51. OMG that sequin dress! I would totally get that dress... but probably would have talked myself out of it due to the price (and the fact that I have nowhere to wear it to!)

    Maggie
    lovestylehappiness.blogspot.com

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  52. I need to get a pair of boot socks! I think they make rain boots look so much better

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  53. From colors like Chartuse to Blue Steel who doesn’t love Hunter boots? Since they come in so many styles they look cute enough to wear all day long. No more carrying an extra pair of shoes in your bag to change into once you get to school or work. Pair them with some boot socks to ensure full coverage form the elements.

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  54. Wow that is a good deal for hunter boots. I bought mine "Moss" boots for $136 without taxes.

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  55. Actually went to Nordstrom Rack on Tuesday (3/5/13) and found some still there on sale for $49.99. Thanks for the info.

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