Water-Resistant Boots For Home And Travel - une femme d'un certain âge

Travel-Friendly Fall Styles

Travel-friendly separates: packable olive raincoat, ponte knit pants, croc-embossed bag, water-resistant boots. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Home or Away, Rain or Shine

When shopping for clothing and accessories, one aspect that I always keep in mind is, “will this be travel-friendly?” That means pieces that are versatile and can be layered to accommodate a range of temperatures. We almost always seem to have some wet days when we travel, so water-resistant footwear and outerwear are a must for me.

This post is sponsored my Nordstrom and ShopStyle. All ideas and opinions are my own.

Earrings | Raincoat | Scarf (c/o) | Sweater | Pants | Bag | Boots (c/o)

I’ve been looking for a lightweight raincoat in a Petite size that will work both at home and for travel. I purchased this one a few weeks ago, and am quite pleased with the style. I sized up to a Petite Medium to have room for a sweater underneath. This piece is lined though not insulated, so it’s a great transitional season weight. The sweater I’m wearing here is a lightweight tencel blend. I sized up again with this piece to a Petite Medium to have room to layer underneath if necessary.

Detail: Argento Vivo hoop earrings and silk floral scarf. Info at une femme d'un certain age.

Scarves are a great way to not only create variety in a travel wardrobe, but to add color and pattern, and tie together colors in an outfit. This lighter-weight silk scarf works for mild conditions; for cooler seasons (and for air travel) I always bring a cashmere scarf.

Detail: style blogger Susan B. carries a Brahmin medium Duxbury bag in Pecan. Read more at une femme d'un certain age.

Brahmin bags are lightweight and really durable. This style also comes with a removable cross-body strap, a nice option for travel.

Aquatalia weather-resistant boots in black leather with buckle detail. More at une femme d'un certain age.

When planning my travel wardrobes, I always try to include at least one pair of Day-to-Dinner boots or shoes. These water-resistant boots have an interesting buckle detail, and walk-all-day comfort. These will probably be going to Paris with me in December. Those ponte knit pants are a travel stalwart…I always pack them for cooler season travel.

Stylish And Water-Resistant Boots


More Tips For Building A Travel-Friendly Wardrobe

  • Start with the shoes! Be sure you have 2 pairs that are comfortable enough to walk or stand in for extended periods. At least one of those should be a Day-to-Dinner option.
  • Lightweight knits are easiest to layer, won’t wrinkle, and (often) can be hand-washed if necessary.
  • Simple pieces in neutral colors can dress up or down, and are easiest for creating multiple combinations.
  • Sticking with a consistent silhouette (e.g. long-over-lean or fitted-over-full) will make pieces easier to combine.
  • A lightweight bag that closes securely and can be worn cross-body is best for travel.

Details: Via Spiga olive packable raincoat, Brahmin croc-embossed bag, blue floral scarf. More at une femme d'un certain age.

Nordstrom has a fantastic selection of brands and sizes, and they’re always my first stop when I’m searching for something online. (Hello, free shipping and returns!) But I also love shopping there in person. The Sales Associates are friendly and helpful, and they offer in-store alterations. If you’re in a hurry, you can purchase online and pick up in the store. I’ve done this a few times now…it’s quite efficient! Many stores even offer curbside pickup, for fashion emergencies. 😉 And if you need help shopping for an upcoming trip, Nordstrom offers free personal styling services.

Disclosure: as part of this collaboration, I received a gift card used toward purchase of some of the items shown. All other pieces are from my personal wardrobe.

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  1. October 29, 2018 / 4:54 am

    Starting with the shoes is a good idea. Sore feet are the worst joy-killer on a trip! I have some tall boots that are very comfortable for walking, but I can’t wear my trousers with them. Instead I go for leggings and knit dresses (which travel well). The dresses have an impact on the coat (don’t want one too short), etc. Knock-on effects all around. OTOH, I usually am traveling by car across Europe, so I’m not trying to squeeze tall boots into a carry-on or having to wear them on a long flight.
    I love how your bag picks up very subtly on the red in your scarf.

  2. Cheryl
    October 29, 2018 / 5:11 am

    What size do you take in the ponte pants? They look snug in the ad.

    • Susan B
      October 29, 2018 / 6:47 am

      Hi Cheryl, I take a Petite Small. I think they’re a little roomier in the lower leg than the online image shows.

      • Cheryl
        October 29, 2018 / 7:23 am

        Thank you!

  3. October 29, 2018 / 11:42 am

    Thanks for the tips….packing right now for a few days in Paris next week…then a river cruise and Zurich. Trying to decide if I need boots at this time of the year ? Thoughts?

    • Susan B
      October 29, 2018 / 11:49 am

      Hi Ann, you’re welcome! I’d definitely suggest including boots or ankle boots this time of year.

    • Susan
      October 30, 2018 / 12:01 am

      Ann, my niece lives in Zurich and she wrote it was going to be 2 degrees today (Celsius), not sure what that is in Fahrenheit. Boots wouldn’t go astray. (This is another Susan)

      • October 30, 2018 / 5:44 am

        Hi Susan…thank you so much for your advice. Never been to Zurich so it is much appreciated.

  4. Tricia Dalton
    October 31, 2018 / 6:43 am

    I just returned from 3 weeks in London, Cork, Regensburg & Prague. Your travel wardrobe advice was indispensable and and I wholeheartedly thank you! I had picked up the same petite raincoat during the Nordstrom sale which I fell in love with during our trip. I also took my black Eileen Fisher pants, black booties, my favorite scarves and Emme toiletry bag. As you can see, I’m one of your best students.

    • Susan B
      October 31, 2018 / 7:07 am

      Hi Tricia, thanks so much…that’s wonderful to hear! I’m glad it all worked well for you.

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