The weather here has been pretty desolate the past few weeks. Unlike the photo above, the sun has been reluctant to show its face. In place of the usual blanket of snow we have at this time, we’ve had cold rain and damp air. While it sounds horrible (and in a way, kind of is), I have a confession to make: I actually like this weather.
I treasure the variety of seasons the Midwest offers, even the gloomy ones. Cold, cloudy days give me no good reason but to lounge around the house, snuggled up with my cat and a good book. And when I do need to venture outside, these days provide me an opportunity to wear this lovely trench coat, the La Selva Rain Jacket by REI.
This trench is the best raincoat I’ve owned. I purchased it in anticipation of a rainy holiday this past autumn. I originally ordered it online in the color black, thinking it would transition better into the workplace after I got back from my vacation. I selected an extra small based on the sizing chart, but after trying it on, decided to exchange it for a size up so I could wear a layer underneath. While I was at the store to make the exchange I fell in love with the green color, and I don’t regret the swap.
This raincoat is a high quality piece that will keep you dry. It covers most of the body, and with the hood up, the head is completely protected, so much so that the rain drips off the hood in front of your feet (a side note: the hood is adjustable and removable). If you pair the jacket with rain boots, only a small part of the legs risk getting wet. It is a thin material that is semi-warm and definitely lives up to the claim it is wind resistant. With a layer underneath, you can make it work for the colder days of fall and the warmer days of winter.
As I mentioned before, I bought this coat to travel with, something it proved to do well. It went with me to Italy last fall as my only outerwear piece, and it was the perfect weight for the weather. The pockets zip, so my belongings were safe, and if I needed to I could completely conceal my crossover purse underneath the fabric. The coat was the perfect, classic style I was looking for and wasn’t too bulky to lug around with me from city to city.
For anyone interested in purchasing: I would recommend sizing up if you are on the fence, the coat runs a little snug. The belt is very long regardless of the size, which is a little unfortunate. As you can see in some of my pictures, if it’s not tied or looped around the back securely, it hangs a little. Even without a cinched waist I still think this trench coat is spot on for style and comfort – I completely forgot to take the belt on my trip and no one noticed a thing!
Coat: REI Co-op La Selva Rain Jacket in Timberline