Boston’s Best Places For Rain Gear

October 2, 2012 4:00 AM

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rain Bostons Best Places For Rain Gear

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It rains, snows, sleets or hails in Boston an average of 127 days a year. That’s slightly more than one-third of the year. In other words, one out of every three days, someone is going to get wet. Sometimes it is a little. Sometimes it is a lot. Regardless, rain gear is going to be necessary, especially if the wet dog look is not your thing. Thankfully, there are a few great stores in Boston, from outdoor outlets to fashion boutiques, where rain gear is not only available, but fashionable.

Hilton’s Tent City
272 Friend St.
Boston, MA 02114
(800) 362-8368
www.hiltonstentcity.comFrom hats to ponchos, Hilton’s Tent City has everything you need to stay dry in wet weather. Whether you want to look good while the sky is opening up or need coveralls for an offshore rainy day, this store will accommodate. It even offers little baby carrier shelters for sporty types who want to carry their babies up a mountain in style and safety. It really is a one-stop shop for athletic, rainy-day fashion.Related: Boston’s Best Vintage Shops

The Tannery
400 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 267-0899
www.thetannery.comThe Tannery is an apparel and sporting goods store that goes a bit above and beyond the norm. It sells apparel for all weather, including casual summer clothes. It also offers rugged gear for rugged weather. Among this gear are items perfect for rainy city weather. This is not just fashionable rain gear. This is designer fashion. The prices reflect the brands, but the Tannery will definitely make rainy days more stylish.

50 John F. Kennedy St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 492-9511

Berk’s will not have everything you need for a rainy day in Boston, but it offers more shoes than any Bostonian could possibly need. Check out utilitarian galoshes, rain boots or Wellies, if you like — they’ll all take care of you come wet weather, so take your time finding just the right fit here. Expect rain boots in plaids, dots and solids that are perfect for any rainy day need.

The Garment District
200 Broadway St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 876-5230

The Garment District is great for rain gear on a budget. It offers the essentials, such as hats and scarves, but also features fashion finds lurking in every corner. Customers just never know what vintage or modern rain gear The Garment District might have tucked away. Go between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday or 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday to buy your rain gear at a per-pound price.

765 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 522-5047

Hats, hats, hats: Salmagundi has the best selection in Boston. Find custom hats for every rainy-day fashion need. This is no one-size fits all hat shop. Here, customers may find a hat for the weather that is perfectly suited for their heads in a wide variety of styles. The shop also sells accessories, which includes trendy umbrellas every now and then as well.

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Shelly Barclay is a professional freelance writer and amateur author. She writes on a variety of topics from food to mysteries. She loves to share the culture and rich history of her birthplace and home, Boston, with the rest of the world. Her work can be found at