Wellies Are Still Fashionable, Ladies

Most women out there will be pleased to hear this news. It seems recently that rainy weather has become a permanent fixture in the UK with the elements of all the seasons being replaced with endless drizzle.

This doesn't have to be a bad thing though!

Keeping cosy and warm can mean venturing into new grounds when it comes to fashionable footwear and wellies are not only practical but can be fun fashion statements too. Gone are the days when wellies were seen as only passable for country people to work in and children to splash about in - the Wellington boot is now just as important as high heels in the world of fashion.

A New Fashion Icon

Fashion favourites such as Kate Moss, Lilly Allen and Girls Aloud have all been seen sporting a variety of stylish wellies at recent festivals in colours ranging from vibrant pink to traditional green. Whether they're teamed with tiny hot pants, skinny jeans or even billowing skirts, wellies remain a practical and sexy choice for the fashion conscious festival goer.

Designers have also endorsed the rising popularity of wellies as a fashion must-have and top labels such as Paul Smith, Cath Kidston and Pucci are adding their unique and iconic patterns to the traditional Wellington. Even Hunter, the company that launched the original green Wellington way back in 1955, have updated their range to appeal to the new, fashion conscious welly wearers. Their traditional green and black shades of Wellingtons favoured by farmers, gardeners and horse enthusiasts now sell alongside funky shades of fuchsia, iris and bright red.

Choosing the Right Wellies

With winter fast approaching and the weather being as unreliable as ever, having a pair of wellies on standby is just as vital for staying dry and stylish as an umbrella and coat. But how should ladies wear these rubber boots without looking like they're trying to reinvent their childhood wardrobe? The good news is wellies go with pretty much anything. Thanks to their huge popularity, wellies are now available in most colours and a whole range of patterns which means there is a pair out there to match every outfit. Fitted, slender wellies will look much sexier and stylish than huge, baggy boots so opt for the more shaped fit. When wearing a pair for the first time it's best to layer a couple of pairs of socks underneath to avoid any rubbing.

How to Wear Wellies

For a casual look for a lunch date or shopping trip in wet weather, team a bright pair of wellies with black skinny jeans and a pretty top to create a practical but stylish day time look. A pair of wellies in a retro pattern will look stunning with a classic fitted coat for walking to the office or for a smart (but wet) occasion.

Dress down a chic look by adding a pair of wellies to give an outfit edge. Lilly Allen teamed her pink wellies with a pink prom dress and Sophie Ellis Bexter dressed down a prim and proper cardigan and dress with a pair of blue and pink wellies at this year's V Festival. In colder weather, teaming a cute sweater dress and tights with a pair of patterned wellies is a great way to keep warm, dry and looking great.

Wellies have been around for over 150 years and their popularity continues to grow. Thanks to the good old British weather it's safe to say they'll be around for a least another 150 more. Now though, wellies are well and truly in fashion ladies!


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