Not your average wellingtons...
The humble wellington boot has undergone some serious styling over the last few years, and I have to admit that I've become a little obsessed with them lately. Wellies (or 'rain boots' as they're more fashionably known) are worn not only for their waterproof protection these days, but as a fashion statement too. As the UK prepares for the most miserable May in almost 100 years, rocking a pair of wellingtons to work isn't as ridiculous as it first sounds. If you work in Central London, or indeed any city across the country, you might feel a little self conscious at the thought of sporting them to a meeting - but don't. Cast your eyes across the pond to Manhattan, where according to infamous blogger, Liberty London Girl, "urban welly wearing" is a regular occurrence (even in good weather). New York celebrities from Sarah Jessica Parker to Dakota Fanning have been spotted stomping around in their covetable Hunter boots, which have become an increasingly popular choice for festivals and have been worn by the likes of Kate Moss, Keira Knightley and Alexa Chung.
Designers including Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton and Burberry have all contributed to the trend, sending rubber boots down the catwalk and creating a host of stylish wellington boots featuring logo's, laces, buckles and even heels! If you're willing to shell out for a more expensive pair of wellingtons then you'll certainly be spoilt for choice, whether you're pulling them on over tights and socks for a pretty farmhouse look, teaming them with skinny jeans for a festival feel, or colour coordinating them to your outfit for a sleek city vibe. Check out some of our favourites, from the traditionally cool Burberry numbers befitting of their British Heritage with emblems and signature checks, to the Fendi rain boots favoured by Nicki Minaj. If anyone would like to buy me a pair of the gorgeous tall ribboned Joules wellies, I'll be perfectly ok with that...
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Lapins cream lace-up heeled rain boots £145 Hunter
Evedon navy wellies with gold ribbon £64.95 Joules
Jimmy Choo for Hunter crocodile wellington £127.50 Net-A-Porter
Burberry checked wellies £150 Net-A-Porter
Burberry emblem wellies £150 Net-A-Porter
Original great wellington boot in bronze £95 Hunter
Black Fendi rain boot £196.61 Luisaviaroma
Pink Milliewelly mid-height boot with ribbons £32.95 Joules