This is what I wore to a casual brunch with close friends and their parents last Saturday in our Seattle neighbourhood of Madrona. The restaurant is only ten minutes away on foot which meant that a short and rather damp walk was in order. You can’t let the cold, wet and miserable weather stop you from doing things, OR wearing nice clothes when you live in Seattle. You just have to bundle up, wear the right footwear, carry an umbrella and get on with it.

I was in a rush that morning so I relied on one of my fast fall back outfits to get me out the door on time. On went my Gap legging jeans with a black ruched sleeve turtle neck and flat Stuart Weitzman over the knee boots (scored at this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale). I topped off the look with short red military coat (an Armani that I nabbed on deep, deep discount many years ago), yellow scarf and casual L.A.M.B bag. Simple, comfy, practical and warm – perfect for a brisk walk up the hill followed by a casual meal.

Wearing boots over jeans, Ponte pants, leggings or hose is an excellent way to keep your feet and bottoms dry when braving the elements. Wearing bootcuts is not a good idea because the hems and backs get sopping wet. Since I’ve also weatherproofed my boots with spray I was good to go. There is no need to wear a raincoat if you can carry an umbrella. I have lived in Seattle for seven years, commute a lot on foot and do not own a raincoat. But I do own several brightly coloured and patterned umbrellas.

I am often asked to feature more of my casual outfits. Well, this is a typical casual Autumn outfit for cold wet weather! It’s about as casual as I go unless I’m lounging in my sweats at home.