April showers certainly brought on May flowers here in Boston, although I’m bummed we basically headed straight from winter to summer with temps hitting 90 already! When it’s raining sporadically and hot out, I leave my rubber boots at home and just wear patent leather boat shoes like these. The patent holds up well against a little water, and doesn’t look too casual or scream “weather shoe.” Mine are an older color combo, but Sperry has a similar version (also here) in several patent colors (“rose” makes a flattering neutral), on sale right now! Tip: if you have low ankles like me and the side of your flats rub or dig in, I stick a small insole cushion like one of these under where the heels of my feet go, to elevate them!
This rainy day outfit combines some very old pieces in my closet, inspired by the color combo in my pretty umbrella. You can how else I’ve styled this gray trench coat here, here, here, and here – it’s a weighty, casual-fit trench with sloped shoulders. I get a lot of questions about Chicwish and will say the items from there are pretty hit or miss, but the “hits” I wear often (check the customer photos for each item to see how it looks on non-models). Also be prepared to wait several weeks if you use free shipping, since their items come from Asia.
If you’re shopping for a leather crossbody bag, I did a review and comparison last year of this Cuyana mini tassel purse to the popular Gucci soho bag. The blush or ecru colors are pretty for warm weather, and look especially nice with gold monogramming for gifting (actually any of Cuyana’s best-sellers would make a lovely Mother’s Day gift!).
This LOFT dress is an oldie but goodie from years and years ago. Their clothes usually run on the generously-cut side, so I had hastily DIY altered it by slimming down both sides. It was a small treat to discover that I could simply snip those stitches and fit in this dress again! Definitely a good reminder to leave some seam allowance when getting items slimmed or shortened, except with very fitted pieces where you don’t want any potential bulk.