Best Places For Rain Gear In Seattle

October 2, 2012 6:00 AM

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Seattleites are known for shunning umbrellas in inclement weather. The following shops, however, make a winning argument in favor of rain gear. With whimsical vintage umbrellas, dapper caps and gorgeous patterned rain boots, these merchants turn foul weather fair. Autumn brings the city’s rainiest months, so save yourself from cold wet toes and damp hair by checking out the Rain City’s finest purveyors of wet-weather accessories.
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Bella Umbrella Boutique
1535 1st Ave. #8
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 297-1540

When Jodell Egbert started searching out vintage umbrellas for her wedding, little did she realize it would lead to a most remarkable business: Bella Umbrella, one of only two umbrella specialist shops in the country. What began as a umbrella rental service for weddings and special occasions 10 years ago has now become a thriving enterprise with a busy new boutique steps away from Pike Place Market and with a massive inventory of rental umbrellas that are shipped all over the U.S.  The store offers an astonishing variety of umbrellas for kids and adults, with brands such as Portland’s ShedRain, New Zealand’s sturdy Blunt and Italy’s exquisite handmade Pasotti. The store also carries its own signature pagoda-style umbrellas with fashionable interchangeable handles.

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Diva Dollz
624 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 652-2299

Admirers of the vintage look may not only pick up a sassy umbrella at this Pioneer Square favorite, but a whole ensemble to match. The store acquires gorgeous vintage items through historical societies, such as the square pagoda-style 1930s umbrella modeled here, with a Lucite handle and delicate flower print. In addition to both new and used umbrellas with ruffles, polka dots and animal prints to your heart’s desire, savvy shoppers may discover smart wool hats, vintage fur stoles and tailored coats to keep the rain at bay. Take your fashion inspiration from the boutique’s charming and well-heeled staff.

Related: Best Vintage Stores in Seattle

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Byrnie Utz Hats
310 Union St.
Seattle, WA 98101
(866) 343-5940

With its neat stacks of hat boxes and glass cases of stylish fedoras, Byrnie Utz Hats exudes a classic glamour and harkens back to an age when it was unheard of to leave the house without a proper head cover. Established in 1934, this family run downtown institution carries an extensive selection by the best hat makers in the world, including Jonathan Richard from Ireland and elegant Borsalino from Italy. From crushable wool Stetsons perfect for travel and broad-brimmed Barmah hats in oiled leather, to poplin toppers and newsboy caps in countless colors and patterns, the shop offers men’s and women’s hats to fit any style — and head.

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86 Pine St.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 443-0563

This tiny gem holds a treasure trove of gorgeous accessories perfect for defying the wind and rain in style. Located at the entrance to boutique hotel Inn at the Market just up the hill from Pike Place Market, Fini offers a variety of water-resistant handbags, including remarkable faux-leather vegan purses and fabulous George Gina & Lucy bags of machine-washable nylon. Among other autumn fashion finds, you could also pick up cute black lace-up rain boots, a brightly patterned umbrella from Finnish designer Marimekko or a lovely rain hat made just for Fini by Seattle-based Pandemonium Hats.

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City People’s Garden Store
2939 E. Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 324-0737

Many a shoe store carries cute boots for walking in the rain, but here’s a secret: City People’s Garden Store offers some of the sturdiest and most stylish waterproof boots around. With a wide variety of Sloggers boots in elegant patterns and solid colors, as well as Western Chief boots for kids, this Madison Park mainstay will keep your feet dry in and out of the garden.

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Me ‘N Moms
2821-B N.W. Market St.
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 781-9449

Keep your toddler dry through puddle-stomping season with rain gear from this Ballard children’s store, specializing in clothing for young ones aged 6 months to 4 years. Me ‘N Moms’ ample inventory includes child-sized umbrellas, slickers, rain pants and boots, both new and consigned. While you’re picking out a ladybug rain jacket or a superhero umbrella, you can browse through the shops impressive selection of games and activities too, in case you want to stay indoors.

Related: Best Clothing Stores For Kids In Seattle

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