Meanwhile, masters of the traditional-meets-whimsical Wellington boot J.Crew (www.jcrew.com) have upped the footwear ante with their line of rain-resistant ballet flats. One part delicate, on-trend accessory and one part functional rain boot alternative, the Rainy Day Ballet flats take the extra step in keeping feet dry and stylish.
Button Up Your Overcoat
Covering up a great outfit to avoid embarrassing water spots isn’t a problem when the jacket’s just as fabulous as what is underneath. Colorful coats are all the rage this spring. From patterned ponchos to tropical trench options, the sky is the limit when it comes to these useful accessories. At Kohl’s, bold patterns dominate the coat department. Zebra print, stripes, polka dots and more transform humdrum coats into statement pieces. Ditto at JCPenney where floral frocks take the place of boring beige. At Target (and beyond) trendy trenches are budding in bold and brilliant shades of blue, pink, green and orange.
Under My Umbrella
Umbrellas are funny things: there’s always one under the backseat of your car or occupying space in the hall closet. But no one relishes carrying one, even in the most dire deluge conditions. They’re drippy, cumbersome and remarkably unfashionable. Time to permanently holster those ugly umbrellas and replace them with some stylish stand-ins. At Tory Burch (Phipps Plaza), the signature pattern gets a spring makeover with bold blue and gold hues that keep the rain off but the full fashion ‘on.’ And at J.Crew, the traditional umbrella gets a wild makeover with a fierce animal print pattern.
Totes (www.totes-isotoner.com) offers a fabulous line of function-meets-fashion umbrellas in a series of colors and patterns. From a pop of pastel paisley to fresh florals — and even an American flag — their spring line makes it not only good luck to open an umbrella indoors, but a fashionable must!