It's almost March, which means that as much as I love winter (and I do), I'm ready to move confidently towards blooming trees and milder days. If you've been reading for any length of time you know that I live in NYC, which means that I primarily get around by walking a lot and using public transportation. Read: I'm outside in any type of weather, by necessity. This post could also be titled "How I Survive Endless Spring Rain" or even "What to Buy if You're Getting a Puppy", because as fellow dog owners know, you spend lots of time outside on walks rain or shine with your pup! As with most of my round ups, this one is almost entirely items that I already own (with one thoughtfully chosen exception).
Patagonia Nano Puff (Navy available here in limited Sizes) - This might be the single best thing I bought in 2017. It's warm, lightweight, packable, and works well as either a mid layer or on its own. Doug got one too (in a different color) and we often end up twinning on weekend trips to the dog park. I wear mine all the time (as seen here and here) and I'm really not sure how I lived without one of these for so long. As a bonus, even at 6+ months pregnant, somehow it still zips over my baby bump.
Classic Trench Coat - This is the only item on the list that I don't actually own. I've been on the hunt for my perfect trench coat for years (turns out I'm extremely picky about these things), but I recognize that it's a hole in my wardrobe. A tailored trench is the best way to look chic in a downpour, and I wish I owned one (but honestly, this isn't the year to make it happen because I'm not really wearing anything cinched at the waist at this point). While I lust after one of these, I haven't been able to justify the expense (although a good Burberry trench can last a lifetime with proper care) and there are great options at a range of price points.
Lewis & Clark Umbrella - Why am I bothering to tell you that you need an umbrella for rainy weather? Because I've learned the value of getting the right umbrella and I want to pass on that wisdom to you. A good umbrella doesn't have to be expensive and this one, which I've had for over two years after seeing it reviewed here, is $16. It should, however, be sturdy, compact, and in a color that stands out. That last bit is important. I had a kelly green umbrella with white polka dots for five years before it eventually gave out. When it bit the dust, I replaced it with a navy umbrella that promptly was stollen from the gym. And then a red one, and the same thing happened while I was volunteering. Since then, I switched to this lovely sky blue color. No one mistakes it for their own or is bold enough to try to walk out with it. As a bonus, it cheers me up on gray rainy days.
Patagonia Cotton Quilt Snap-T Pullover - Like my Nano Puff, I wear this number all. the. time. It is cozy and it looks pulled together, which is a winning combination. It works beautifully layered under my Nano Puff, as a matter of fact. When I posted a picture of me wearing it over Christmas, I heard from multiple friends who also own and love this pullover.
L.L. Bean Rubber Mocs - I'm a huge fan of L.L. Bean Boots (thanks, Mom!) and when Doug and I decided we were getting a puppy, I preemptively ordered these navy mocs thinking that I would want something I could slip on and off easily for taking the dog out. (Side note: I really had been woefully lacking in the all-weather gear department, and getting Foster made me step up my game.) I was right, but I woefully underestimated just how much use I would get out of these. It was easily a top five (maybe even top three) best buy from last year.
Barbour Almanac Rain Jacket - I have an older version in navy and white stripes (seen on our walking tour of historic Charleston) and I really, really adore it. While it was an investment, it's another item that I get so much wear out of, and it makes me smile every time I put it on. My criteria for outwear include classic styling (no chasing trends - outwear is expensive) and functionality without compromise. This jacket meets both, and I expect to wear it, and love it, for years and years.