Plaid for Rainy Days

by jennine on November 30, 2009

When it’s raining out, I generally like to hide inside drinking tea and watching trashy TV. But that’s not possible every day… well it’s possible, but I wouldn’t be a very productive person.

If it’s not too cold, or raining too hard, it’s actually possible to wear outfits that don’t look like they came straight out of the LL Bean catalog. Luckily, it hasn’t gotten so cold here in Chicago. Either that, or I’m acclimating…that, and I wear a coat over this anyway. But when it comes to rain, I have this theory about jeans vs. tights. Jeans might protect from the cold better, but once they’re wet, they’re wet. Whereas tights, they get wet, but then dry in 5 minutes. So wearing dresses or in this case, shorts in the rain, not such a bad idea. In my head anyway.

Here I’m wearing a plaid blazer I got at the Francis SS10 blogger studio visit, I bought it back then, but haven’t worn it for some strange reason. Here I’m wearing it with my trusty argyle tights, cut off jeans Spun tank, and a pair of mustard knee highs I picked up at Target yesterday. Hats are also essential for rainy days, because my hair tends to get in a terrible state at the sign of any weather.

Blazer : Francis • Tank : Spun • Socks and Hat : Target • Tights : Charlotte Russe • Shorts : Wrangler via flea market

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1 Sally November 30, 2009 at 7:52 am

Love how you’ve mixed all the plaid and plaid-like elements together! And sorry again for bailing this weekend - thanks for understanding, and we’ll hang out soon, I swear.
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2 gina November 30, 2009 at 8:10 am

I love the tights and umbrella and nail color and boots and really just the whole look!


3 K-Line November 30, 2009 at 8:26 am

The jacket is lovely. And the way you’ve paired it with the floral umbrella brings out the excellence in both items all the more…


4 Nickie Frye November 30, 2009 at 8:40 am

I love this whole idea. You are so right about the jeans on a rainy day. I always make that mistake & it’s the worst. I just scored the cutest ribbed, knitted leggings from Marshall’s for like $12! They’re going to be perfect with boots when it rains. :) I love plaid, but I always feel like a lumberjack in it. Woof. Of course, you look fabulous as usual. Enjoy your day!
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5 Nickie Frye November 30, 2009 at 9:39 am

Oh, I almost forgot- I’m not sure if I saw these boots on your blog or somewhere else, but they are 30% off right now at endless, so I thought I’d mention it. I got a pair last night. Oops! ;)
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6 smilla November 30, 2009 at 9:50 am

nice! love the jackett..
jennine, did you get my dog request??
all the best, smilla
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7 Make Do Style November 30, 2009 at 9:53 am

Great jacket - I love that one too xx Fab outfit all round.
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8 Grace November 30, 2009 at 12:04 pm

I love the pop of mustard. And I know all about finding hats essential on days like that.

Love Grace.


9 violetville November 30, 2009 at 12:39 pm

how about that AMAZING blue nail polish?!
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10 Retro Chick November 30, 2009 at 1:16 pm

I am absolutely with you on the tights and rain thing, I’ve had similar conversations about bare legs in the rain (especially during summer when it’s not cold) If my legs get wet I can dry them with a paper towel, trousers will be wet and soggy all day!

I do love that blazer and it looks so cute with the floral umbrella.
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11 Midtown Girl November 30, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Ohh I remember you trying on this Francis blazer!!! It looks perfect on you ;-)

I bought the short-sleeved navy Francis blazer and have to take outfit pics of it too!

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12 Kimberly Z. November 30, 2009 at 3:02 pm

I absolutely love plaid. Not so sure about the cut off shorts for me in the winter. But some girls can get away with wearing anything. Thanks for the ideas! :)


13 hanako66 November 30, 2009 at 4:58 pm

you look so cute, that coat is the perfect plaid!
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14 WendyB November 30, 2009 at 7:33 pm

I love this on you!


15 Alicia November 30, 2009 at 7:49 pm

Digging the mix of plaid-y prints. =D
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16 Rebecca November 30, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Love this outfit that plaid jacket is so cute xx


17 mimi_style November 30, 2009 at 9:08 pm

just bought a pair of argyle tights- cannot wait to break them out!



18 Emma Wallace November 30, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Sooo cute! I love the argyle tights and your fedora! What a cheerful rainy day outfit!
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19 Freya December 1, 2009 at 1:38 am

wow, what a unique combination of colours! Brilliant.
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20 Audrey December 1, 2009 at 7:09 am

Loving the whole tights/leggings+socks combo. It’s something I’ve been wanting to try out for awhile now. The hat’s really cute as well. Love the whole outfit together!
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21 Sway Sway Away December 1, 2009 at 5:16 pm

Gorgeous! I especially love the cloche, jacket and boots. Oh, and that umbrella. I have a pair of argyle tights. Aren’t they great? :D
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22 Peldyn December 1, 2009 at 7:53 pm

That looks really cute on you, but I have stayed away from the shorts over tights look. I think I am too old for it.
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23 Amanda December 1, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Love the hat!! It is so cute - I saw someone with something similar today, but I love yours more :P
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24 dora December 2, 2009 at 2:59 am

this is such a cute coat! i know you love your reds, so i can imagine it working quite well with a cute red dress. the hat is fab too! i always have trouble finding hats as i am so ‘big headed’…
and you’re totally right about jeans in the rain. shoes are really important too. there’s nothing worse than wet, cold feet!
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25 Jaime @ Denim Debutante December 2, 2009 at 6:46 am

You look so fun! And Chicago will get colder soon… so bundle up!
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26 Closet Cravings December 2, 2009 at 12:02 pm

So love your umbrella. I actually like rainy days. Downside? make me want to pig out. =)
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27 Kristen December 4, 2009 at 5:06 pm

I really like the mix of plaid and argyle.
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