Accessorize This: Stylin' in the Rain

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Stylin’ in the Rain
by Denise Grayson

Rain boots, or Wellingtons as we call them in the UK, offer more than protection from the rain these days. We saw a chic slant-cut nude pair take the first three looks out on the runway at Ports 1961 for A/W 2010 at New York Fashion Week, and you’d be hardpressed to think of one of those outfits as rain gear. With more and more designers getting in on the wellies game we’re spoilt for choice with fashionable options, and we’re putting them on when the skies are barely overcast because they’re just too cute – or hot, depending how you wear them.

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With England’s hugely popular festival season just ahead we’ll be seeing everything from the quaint DIY handpainted wellies to the traditional but cool Hunters (Stella McCartney’s choice) to the latest designer styles, stomping through the muddy fields.

There are so many style, colour and design combinations available that you could have an entire wardrobe of wellies! (If you have the room, that is. They are not the most space-efficient footwear.)

Here are a few of the pickings:

The Designer Wellies

Clockwise, starting at top right: Jimmy Choo for Hunter crocodile print; See by Chloe lace-ups; Burberry with stamped designer crest; Marc Jacobs quilted with heel. At

The Lovely Wellies

L-R: Cath Kidston and Laura Ashley. At

The Traditional Wellies

L-R: Le Chameau ‘Anjou’ (Sophie Dahl is wearing these on the cover of her cookbook), at; and Hunter Original Gloss in turquoise (I have these to brighten up rainy days – be warned, they fit snug in the calf!), at

The Smart Wellies:

L-R: Thomas Pink pinstripe and Tamara Henriques tartan. The latter available at

All product photos credited to their respective websites.

Denise Grayson is our Accessories Editor and also writes about dreamy fashion at The Swelle Life.


Paulina said...

Ooh, I love the Marc Jacobs ones. Thanks for sharing all of these cute rain boots!

MizzJ said...

Designer wellies for me please! If I've got to wear fugly rubber boots, then they can at least be fabulous ;)


Designer wellies please !

Princess Poochie said...

I had bought the Choo Hunter wellies but returnted them because they were so tight at the ankle I could barely get them off. I just get cute Target ones. They have a ton online.

daisychain said...

lovely wellies, always!

Chasing Cherries said...

I like the MJ's

lisa said...

I live in a city of perpetual rain and I have yet to buy a pair of wellies. Maybe one day, but for now waterproofed leather boots suit me just fine. :-)

劉je217relacoste0 said...

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Denise @ Swelle said...

Thanks for all your lovely comments!

Princess Poochie - That's like my Hunters being tight at the top, you assume wellies are going to be nice and easy! I tried to find more available in the US but google defaults to the UK no matter how I try to search. Good to hear there are lots of cute and cheap ones.

Denise xx
Accessories Editor,
Dream Sequins

Wrecked Stellar said...

Hey D! I've been wanting a pair of forest green Hunter wellies for quite some time now. I actually saw the croc Hunter wellies online today and was like I need those too! Hope you can still come to my party! It's tomorrow night (posting photos Sun. morning)! xo, Mel

Annie Spandex said...

I like the ones with the laces. So cute!

Syed (dapper kid) said...

I'm all about a pair of red Hunters, but now I really want to pick up a patterned pair.

Kristin said...

I will forever want the Hunters...I just can't justify them in Florida. Sigh.

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