If You Like Craft Beers… and Getting Caught in the Rain!

You wake up in the morning, sun’s out, birds chirping. It’s going to be a beautiful day. By lunch, it’s hailing. By the time you get off work, it’s nice and sunny again, so you decide to go out for happy hour. You take a seat on your favorite patio when an ominous cloud rolls in, then the telltale drip, drip, drop. Classic Pacific Northwest.

Happy Hour & Beyond

A well-constructed dress and a comfortable pair of heeled booties can take you from work, to happy hour, to a night on the town. Throw on a leather jacket to contrast a feminine outfit with a sense of cool toughness.

A Weekend Adventure

A good pair of all-weather boots is an important staple for keeping your toes dry on a Northwest adventure. I love the look of a classic flannel with a ball cap for whatever Mother Nature has in store. Don’t forget your rain jacket.

Off to Work

As someone who sits at a desk all day, dressing for work is all about comfort. A quality pair of leggings is essential for pairing with a nice tunic or dress. Top it off with a long cashmere sweater, a stylish trench coat, and a classic pair of boots.

Tips on Wearing a Hat with Class

Wear It Like You Mean It

A hat can be overwhelming for someone who lacks the confidence to fully support the weight of an accessory as bold as a hat. Wear it loud, and wear it proud. You must wear it as the queen herself dons the royal crown.

Find the Right Hat for You

Don’t be afraid to experiment. I’m a fan of wool because of the texture and weight. Maybe start with a smaller brim, like a trilby or a fedora. Try out different shapes like a porkpie, homburg, or a bowler. Find something that is classic and timeless.

Mind the Hat Hair

A good hat can either cover up a bad hair day, or it can draw even more attention to it. The hat and the hair must work together, as one. If my hair is a frizzy, tangled mess, I like to tame it into a loose braid.

Frame the Face

There’s something about a bold pair of eyebrows sitting just below the brim of a great hat that is sultry and enticing. Eyebrows are in, so don’t be afraid to let them grow and fill them in. The bigger the better.

Ditch the hood

In the Pacific Northwest, we are quite attached to our rain jackets, and for good reason. I like to keep a hat in my car at all times in case of rain. The wide brim keeps me dry enough, plus it adds infinite cool points to any outfit.

5 Shops

1. Pretty Simple, Burlington. PrettySimpleBoutique.com

2. REI, Bellingham. REI.com

3. Sojourn, Bellingham. SojournBellingham.com

4. Naked Clothing, Sedro Woolley. NakedClothing.com

5. Brothers Seattle, Seattle. BrothersSeattle.com

5 Apps

1. Cloth

2. DressCast

3. The Weather  Channel

4. Style Book

5. GlamOutfit

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