Galoshes grow up: Rain boots and more for staying warm at Sundance
Park City • In the past, the fashions at the Sundance Film Festival have been known to range from hideous think furry skunk hats to impractical stiletto-heeled boots.
This year, though, Park City boutique owners say some of the most popular boots, clothing and accessories go against typecast. They're practical for winter but versatile enough to wear in spring, summer or fall.
Rain boots • Those yellow galoshes from your childhood have grown up. The flat, rubber-soled boots are still waterproof to keep your feet dry, but now they are form-fitting and lined for warmth.
They come in various colors from brown and olive green to gray and purple, and they often have buckles and other embellishments, giving them a more equestrian look.
Mary Jane's clothing and boutique store carries the Hunter brand, which offers a more traditional-looking rain boot; and DAV, a European brand with form-fitting nylon uppers.
"The DAV boots went like wildfire at Christmas," said owner Lori Harris, who expects sales to continue through Sundance since it's a similar California crowd that comes for the festival. Prices vary from $95-$105. Versatility is the big draw.
"It's not like a big chunky boot that you can only wear in winter," she said. It rains all the time in some parts of the country, so "it's a staple."
Statement coats • A coat is no good if it doesn't keep you warm, says Vanessa Di Palma Wright, of Farasha Boutique, so that should be your first priority when buying a new coat.
After that, it's OK to buy something that helps set you apart.
"Try to incorporate color and different fabrics such as plaid or tweed for texture," she said.
These days, Di Palma Wright is partial to oversized, more masculine-looking coats. While they are tailored to fit a woman, the extra room means "you can throw them over your chunky sweater and they still fit."
Layering • Vests and jackets that drape and have a roomy fit are "great layering pieces," said Di Palma Wright.
A big seller at her shop is the Rotten Banana brand from France. The vests are nylon with leather trim, zippers and pockets that create a chic "moto" or motorcycle look. In the winter, it can be worn over a long-sleeved shirt or a sweater, but as it gets warmer it also can be worn over a T-shirt or tank top.
At $398, "It's an investment piece you can wear all year round," she said.
Faux fur • It may not be practical, but faux fur is popular, especially at the film festival.
"It's always been big at Sundance," said Di Palma Wright.
Parkas with a faux fur collar or gloves with a faux fur trim are sold at Mary Janes, while Farasha sells a reversible faux fur vest.
Where to buy
Clothes featured can be found at the following shops:
Mary Jane's • 613 Main St., Park City; 435- 645-7463. Find the Hunter and DAV rubber rain boots, faux fur-trimmed parka and gloves, silver sequin top.
Farasha • 603 Main St., Park City; 435-649-3123. Find the tweed coat, nylon vest with trim as well as other sweaters, scarves, vest and jewelry.