It was my first foray into yachting world and the clothes I bought turned out to be too light for the strong weather conditions we had at the end of October. Whilst I had to borrow the wet weather gear, at least I got the boots right. They were saling/rain boots from Aigle , French brand and equivalent of British Hunters. They were super chic- navy, featuring two white stripes. I decided to wear them even after I returned on the dry land.
In fact I loved them so much I bought another pair, an equestrian inspired one not dissimilar to original Hunter wellies or Le Chameau worn by the Duchess of Cambridge. Rain boots never used to be on my radar but I suddenly realised how stylish they can look. I checked out Pinterest and found inspiration in the one and only Kate Moss at Glastonbury.
I bought my sailing pair just a couple of weeks before Celine catwalk show in Monaco in October 2020. When I saw the models walking the show in rain boots with two white stripes, I thought fora moment that they were wearing Aigle, too. It turned out that Celine was now making wellies- and that they were are a growing trend. I then remembered a few newsletters from Bottega that landed in my inbox sometime in the Autum, featuring an array of galoshes. According to Josie Gardner, Accessories Buying Manager at Selfridges, rainboots are practical meets desirable footwear that customers want right now.
It may be our second summer when we are not travelling to warmer destinations and so we may be discovering wild beauty of Cornish coast, or the beaches of Norther Atlantic if you, like me live in France. The good weather here is not guaranteed but there’s poetry in walking on a windy beach, wrapped up in a chunky knit and sporting bare tanned legs and a pair of wellies.
Celine models wore their rain boots with low slung shorts and crop tops. I can get behind the shorts but no way I’m wearing a crop top! How to wear yours if you’re petite and no longer in your teens? It’s all a matter of proportions. If you’re wearing an oversized chunky knit, pair it with slightly shorter cut offs or tuck the front of your jumper into your waistband. If you’re going for a blazer and jeans, make sure the shoulders look tailored to your body (big shoulder pads can swamp petite frames) and jeans are on the slimmer side (but I’d probably skip the skinnies)
Here’s how I’m going to wear my rain boots comes Spring:
- Pair them with loose shorts- denim, cotton or linen, Breton stripy top and a fisherman’s jumper for a weekend in the countryside.
- With a dress (short or long) for a garden party when it threatens to rain (basically, the whole Spring in the UK and northern France 😉 I especially like the juxtaposition of a chic dress combined with a pair of tall wellies because the outfit looks instantly nonchalant and effortless.
- With a pair of battered jeans tucked into boots, white, slightly oversized t-shirt and a tailored blazer-again the contrast between elegant jacket and old jeans and wellies makes for a cool, modern look.
As for the Bottega galoshes? It’s a no from me. I can see how it can work but I’ll stick to my chic Aigle wellies.
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