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The Best Chic Rain Gear for Spring Showers This Year

We love April, don’t get us wrong. But we’re not wild about the rain showers that usually come along with it. Is it possible to stay both chic and dry? Actually, it is, dear reader. Whether its stylish raincoats, umbrellas, rain boots or rain hats, there’s a wide array of fashionable rain gear out there right now. Our correspondent Jillian Tangen has rounded up the best chic rain gear for spring showers this year.

is it actually possible to be stylish in the midst of a spring shower?

We miss being little kids, and looking adorable splashing through puddles with our bright Wellies and our frog umbrellas. Ah, those were the days.

Now, we have work, and important meetings, big social events, and trips to the park with our own cute little ones. And very little time to devote to looking chic while dodging puddles and downpours.

What’s a woman to do?

Don’t fret, dear reader. There’s no need to sacrifice spring style for wet weather. In fact, we’ve found 16 rainy day pieces that are as stylish as they are showerproof .

So whether you are looking for a classic mac, an edgy studded pair of rainboots, an on-trend bucket hat or a practical but chic umbrella, these picks are as fashionable as they are functional. In fact, we bet you’ll want to wear them come rain or come shine.

the best chic rain gear for spring showers this year

1. Polished picks.

It doesn’t get more ladylike than a crisp fitted Gucci Canvas Trench Coat ($6,900). Perfect for almost any occasion, you can pair it with heels or sneakers as easily as you can with these romantic Moncler Genius Simone Rocha Rebekah laser cut rubber boots ($425).  For a hat we love Ruslan Baginskiy’s Parisian inspired canvas caps ($280).  Not only do they provide a structured look, but also make any bad hair day go away in a breeze while keeping you dry and chic.  Top it all off with a Transparent Longchamp Umbrella ($160) featuring a curved handle made from maple.

Clockwise from upper left: Gucci trench; Longchamp Umbrella; Ruslan Baginskiy Hat; Moncler boots. Courtesy Photos.

2. Sporty chic.

For something a little more athleisure than haute couture we love this functional Ganni x 66°North Kria Neoshell Jacket ($540). It’s the perfect blend of Danish brand Ganni’s it girl vibe with the technical capabilities of Icelandic outdoor brand 66 North.  Wear it with Rag & Bone Moto Rain Boots ($225) and a Balenciaga cotton-twill baseball cap ($450) for a complete model off duty look – watch out Bella and Gigi.  For an umbrella, try the unisex Burberry Navy Check Folding Umbrella ($260) to round it out.

Clockwise from upper left: Ganni jacket; Balenciaga hat; Burberry umbrella; and Rag & Bone boots. Courtesy Photos.

3. Timeless classics.

If you want a raincoat that will never go out of style, you can’t go wrong with the Burberry Kensington Heritage Trench Coat ($1,990). We love the classic cut because it’s neither too fitted or too boxy.  For boots we love Ilse Jacobsen’s Long Rubber Boot ($199).  The lace up detailing will definitely have you standing out from the crowd of Hunter Boots without losing any of the functionality.  In fact, these boots come with a lining that regulates the temperature so that you can wear them all year round.  Not to mention they come in a rainbow of colors.  Keep your head dry with the classic Prada Technical Fabric Bucket Cap ($340).  While there are lots of color and logo options available, you can’t go wrong with black or white and the classic Prada red logo.  As far as an umbrella, invest in the Louis Vuitton LV Umbrella ($930), because LV never goes out of style.

Clockwise from upper left: Louis Vuitton umbrella; Burberry trench coat; Prada hat; and Ilse Jacobsen boots. Courtesy Photos.

4. Street Style.

While florals tend to dominate the spring style scene, they’re not for everyone.  If your look is more street than sunflower try the Rains Holographic Overcoat ($185) which gives a more edgy feel to the classic trench style.  Channel your inner rock star with these Valentino Rockstud glossed-rubber rain boots ($475) and this super cool Alexander McQueen Skull Umbrella ($495).  Finally, top it off with Eric Javits Gogo Rain Bucket Hat ($250).  The PVC visor will make it extra easy to dash around whatever the rainy streets bring your way.

Clockwise from upper left: Alexander McQueen umbrella; Valentino Boots; Eric Javits hat; Rains coat. Courtesy Photos.

There you have it, the best chic rain gear for spring showers this year. #Puddlegram time!

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Jillian Tangen is the Head of Research at Dandelion Chandelier. Formerly, she was a Senior Research Analyst at McKinsey & Co and Analyst at Shearman & Sterling. She is an avid fan of Nordic design, having owned an independent lifestyle store and sales agency focused on emerging Scandinavian design. Jillian lives in NYC and is married with three young children. She loves cross country skiing, the New York Rangers, reading, travel and discovering new brands.

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