while snow pays an infrequent visit to Georgia, rain is our constant companion. Atlanta typically clocks in 52 inches of rain per year. the national average? 38 inches. last year, we beat Seattle for rain accumulation. it was one of the rainiest winters on record. thank goodness there wasn’t a repeat performance in 2021. rest assured, we can confidently sing raindrops keep falling on my head… January through March is our rainy season, even though thunderstorms can and will blow through town on any given day. but when i spot my first gingham raincoat in the stores, i know that spring isn’t far behind. gingham and spring go together like peanut butter and jelly.
when the weather gets rainy, Georgians slip into our raincoats. it’s not a bad idea to have a pair of rainboots or two on hand. i love Hunter rainboots. and an umbrella is non-negotiable. typically, i carry a travel-sized umbrella in my handbag. but i have a nifty automatic umbrella standing in my umbrella stand that operates with one hand along with a golf size umbrella and an inverted umbrella. what can i say? i like to be prepared.
while i love to wear a traditional trenchcoat that never goes out of style, it’s fun to wear bold and bright raingear or add a pop of pattern like a gingham raincoat. today’s ootd kicks off with just that – a black and white gingham raincoat from Talbots (old, similar here, here, and here). what goes with gingham? just about anything, especially when the color combo is classic black and white. but i thought a little pattern mixing was in order. who doesn’t love a striped tee from Vince this time of year? and if i haven’t mentioned the sloan pant from Banana Republic in recent months, i have been remiss. the pant is patent protected due to the high stretch fabric with a smooth, supportive fit that’s simply the best when it comes to comfort. nowadays the sloan pant comes in all sorts of fits, but i stuck to the traditional classic sloan skinny fit size 8. my red camera handbag (old, similar here and here) is back in action. and a pair of red block-heel pumps from Frances Valentine. top it off with acrylic bangles from Chico’s, and i’m ready to get Monday underway.