Rainy Days and Polka Dots

Rainy days in SoCal are a novelty, and really throw me for a loop. On one hand, it’s one of the few days of the year a trench coat fits right in, and I love a good excuse to wear a trench. But slick sidewalks and floors make flats a must. On a shorty like me, wearing flats with a long coat (just above my knee) is a recipe for stumpiness, and not one of my favorite looks. I tried to compensate by wearing the trench open and tied in the back to keep unwieldy fabric from further swamping my frame, but in my mind, high heels really do make the trench.

I also easily succumb to the urge to match my clothes to the gloomy weather outside, so all I can muster the courage to put on in the morning is grey, grey, grey…

Luckily, I spent last weekend taking shopping cues from the queen of scarves, so I had this new beauty calling out from the closet, begging to brighten the morning a little. Airy, fringy, and polka-doted, it helped liven my mood. What is it about polka dots that just seem so happy? And, it helped to cover up the boring grey on grey action happening underneath.

And here Clinton shows me how it’s done, as he is clearly the photogenic one in the family. And never has a bad hair day. Or looks stumpy in flats. Lucky dog.

Burberry “Harbourne” trench (altered), 2 :: Chan Luu scarf  (in blue) (for less) :: American Eagle cashmere cardigan, xxs :: H&M t-shirt, 2 :: Paige jeans (hemmed), 23 :: Coach flats, 5

How do you un-blah yourself when the weather is dreary?

25 Comments

  • Reply December 13, 2011

    SS

    I love your style in these photos. Scarf looks great on you. Love your scarf!!

  • Reply December 13, 2011

    shystardreamer

    Love the scarf and Clinton is so cute. I wore red today to bright the gloomy weather.

  • Reply December 13, 2011

    Phoebethecat97

    The gorgeous trench really makes the outfit! I like days where I can wear my trench (alas the lesser BR version) with rubber welly’s.

    Leslie

    • Reply December 14, 2011

      Alterations Needed

      I love the BR trenches! I’m always drawn to them when I see them in store. They’re the perfect Burb dupe. =)

  • Reply December 13, 2011

    Anonymous

    Lovely trench. They are very popular in Seattle. But that’s expected right? Love the polka dot scarf.
    http://www.thegirlieblog.com

  • Reply December 14, 2011

    little frocker

    This is such a great outfit.  I tend to just put on whatever will keep me dry when it rains.  Haha, lazy.

  • Reply December 14, 2011

    JJ

    Love the scarf – it’s so soft and pretty. I know what you mean about being practically forced to wear flats when it rains – in lieu of that, I’ve invested in a pair of heeled boots that are (fairly) waterproof. They keep my feet dry AND prevent me from looking stumpy. Win-win!

    • Reply December 14, 2011

      Alterations Needed

      I need to do something along those same lines. I have a pair of heeled boots I’ve worn in the rain, but they’re a little too slippery on bottom. Gotta add some rubber soles or something.

  • Reply December 14, 2011

    PF

    I don’t think you look stumpy at all and the scarf really makes the outfit!

  • Reply December 14, 2011

    alice

    I don’t know what you’re talking about, that’s an awesome outfit and you look great!  

  • Reply December 14, 2011

    New Petite

    Love the Trench! 

  • Reply December 14, 2011

    Jacqueline C. Rineer

    That trench looks cute with the scarf!

  • Reply December 14, 2011

    Anonymous

    LOL Clinton loves posing! You look so great!  How does the rain affect your hair? That’s my biggest issue, even if it’s not cold out I’m all bundled up in a coat with a hood to protect my hair :P 

    I love that scarf, grey and polka dots, what more could you ask for?  :P  That’s a really good tip about wearing the trench open and tied in the back.  I actually usually end up in boots when it rains b/c I can’t stand wet feet nor the bottoms of my pants being wet – so sometimes I even wear a dress with boots!  As long as it’s not windy it works ;)

    • Reply December 14, 2011

      Alterations Needed

      OMG…there is one product that saves my hair and one product only. Ouidad styling mist:

      http://www.ouidad.com/Styling-Mist

      I spray a bit all over after diffusing and de-crunching my hair, and it helps keep my hair in curls instead of all over the place. Since using it, I can also handle a light mist without my hair freaking out. Of course, an all out soaking and game over.

  • Reply December 14, 2011

    A Little Nerdy

    Great look! I’m actually really digging the various grey tones, especially the scarf – and I’m not usually a flowy, scarf-loving person. I thought the cardigan was a vest at first, which would have been nice too (like you, I enjoy menswear-inspired looks – as long as they don’t actually make us look like men!)

    And you really don’t look stubby to me  in the very cute flats- I think it’s the great cut of those dark jeans that helps. I know form-fitting and relatively dark is always my mantra for enlongating my lower half, and dark skinny jeans are often the answer.

    • Reply December 14, 2011

      Alterations Needed

      Thank you! Oh yes, nothing stumps ya quicker than flats with bootcuts and a long coat. The skinnies certainly help elongate the legs, and ever since I realized dark denim makes legs look longer, I can’t go back to light denim.

  • Reply December 14, 2011

    Good Girl Gone Blog

    Ooh he’s gotten so big and fluffy! What an adorable little model- makes me miss my Zooey. Thankfully, I’m going home for the holidays, so hopefully she’ll appear in some photos like she used to!

  • Reply December 14, 2011

    Tara

    Cute Kelly! Love your scarf!

  • Reply December 14, 2011

    Michelle

    Clinton is so adorable!!

    That scarf is great! Yeah…rainy days in Vegas are a challenge. :/ I would love a pair of rain boots! Or at least more flats to make dressing for work easier.

  • Reply December 14, 2011

    Anonymous

    Love this outfit! I never thought to tie a trench in the back. I always have problems with it swallowing my frame!

    • Reply December 14, 2011

      Alterations Needed

      You’ve gotta try it! It makes the shoulder area puff out a little bit from the bunching, but it helps rein in all that fabric that flaps all over the place in front. If I wear it open, I always tie it in back, otherwise I look swallowed up.

  • Reply December 17, 2011

    Anonymous

    I just moved to downtown Washington DC after being in Arizona for 10 years, and let me tell you that rainy days are anything but novelty! After walking in the rain once in flats and getting my pants soaked, I know I need to get rain boots. But they are all so god awful ugly!

    And you don’t look stubby ever. Your hips and thighs aren’t wide enough to look stubby. In fact, in photos I can’t even tell you’re petite.

  • Reply December 19, 2011

    Paulina

    You look great! Not stumpy at all :)

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