We’re finally, finally approaching the end of winter. The Spring Equinox is today, officially marking the change in seasons. It may not feel too spring-y yet in some parts of the country, but it’s about time to trade in that never-ending polar vortex for early spring rain showers.
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And, while we’re glad to see warmer temps, we’re less than thrilled about the potential threat that rainy days pose to our freshly blown-out hair or our fab new leather pumps. Fortunately, function and fashion are working together on this one to make sure you stay (mostly) dry, and still look as cute as ever.
With cool rain boots, fun umbrellas, and a sleek slickers, you will retain all of your chicness, no matter what kind of downpour Mother Nature throws at us next.
This jacket will make you feel fresh as a flower, even when the weather gets gnarly. Crisp and floral, with a bright white backdrop, a large print, and a loose fit, this Chris Benz for London Fog piece looks ideal for warm-weather cloudbursts that disappear as quickly as they arrive.
Chris Benz for London Fog Blue Floral Raincoat, $250; at London Fog
It's pretty hard to make anyone look forward to going out into bad weather, but this umbrella might just do the trick. The material goes from a plain gray cityscape to a technicolor version when the fabric gets wet. Maybe just one more trip to the corner store...
Squid London Umbrella, $39.99; at ebay
Feel free to go puddle-jumping in these neon beauties. Not only will they protect your feet from the lakes of icky water that accumulate next to sidewalks, they'll probably cover most of your pant leg too. And they're a great pop of color when everything is gray.
Coach Lori Rainboots, $180.25; at Avenue K
If you (and the weather) are feeling a bit British, duck under this John Lewis bubble umbrella to keep the wet out. The cocoon shape protects your hair and face from the elements, the clear material lets you see where you're going, and the cute pattern at the bottom commemorates the very first John Lewis store opening in London, 150 years ago.
John Lewis 150 Years Commemoration Street Scene Birdcage Umbrella, £19; at John Lewis
Lousy weather can't dampen your sterling sense of humour! If you're the resident wordsmith in your group of friends, you probably need this witty umbrella by Kate Spade to make light of a dark and stormy day.
'Rain Check' Umbrella, $38; at Nordstrom
Snuggle up in this pretty gold trench by Eileen Fisher, and watch your rainy day melt away. Not that we're saying this coat is magic or anything, but the shawl collar and cinched waist definitely have the near-magical power to make you feel chic even when you're drenched.
Eileen Fisher Cascade-Collar Trench Coat, $90; at Neiman Marcus
Just like you need a clear umbrella to see out, you need a clear raincoat so people can see in. You put a lot of work into that outfit—rain or shine, why not showcase it? Plus it looks ultra-hip and futuristic, an instant mood-booster for a gray day.
Transparent Rain Coat, $27.80, Forever 21
These low-heeled red ankle boots from Aigle are so darling, you probably won't want to limit your usage to stormy days. Pair these perfectly with skinny jeans for an office-friendly look that won't require you to put your leather boots in shoe rehab.
Miss Juliette Bottillon Boots, $185; at Aigle
This Cynthia Rowley for London Fog umbrella is sure to brighten up your day, and the days of your fellow pedestrians. Designed with a floral pattern that appears to peek out from behind a cross-hatched fence, you'll look like a walking garden amidst the zillions of basic black umbrellas.
Cynthia Rowley for London Fog Floral Weave Stick Umbrella, $60; at London Fog
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This is not the ungainly yellow slicker you remember from your childhood. This polka dot variation by Yumi is just as water-proof, but a million times cuter with its colorful pattern, modern length, and retro vibe.
Rain Dots Keep Falling Raincoat, $129.99; at ModCloth
We know, we know, rain hats don't have the coolest rep. The conjure up images of grannies shopping and sailors battening down the hatches. But this Eric Javits hat is more Carmen Sandiego than Popeye. It will keep you mysterious, glamorous, and—most importantly—dry, no matter the weather.
Eric Javits Driptidoo Rain Hat, $225; at Bloomingdale's
On the other hand, if you're totally happy to look a little goofy (in a Cara Delevingne kind of way) and have serious $$ to drop, there's this rain hat from Maison Michel x Colette. It will definitely make you look like an adorable teddy bear from outer-space, if that's your thing.
Maison Michel x Colette Hood, $487.59, at Colette
This sturdy tote is actually made out of an ultra-durable paper called Tyvek. The material is water-proof and won't tear, but is still lightweight like normal paper. The bag, designed by Saskia Diez, can also be folded flat, making it ideal for traveling and storage. Keep it in your regular bag if there are clouds threatening, and then use it as a carry-all if the skies open up.
Papier Bag by Saskia Diez, $190; at La Garconne
This edgy transparent raincoat will have you look at the bad weather through rose-colored lenses. Or at the very least, the side of your rose-colored hood. Pair it with a sundress and wellies to show off your sunny side.
Clear Rain Trench, $56.46, at ASOS