Winter is nearly over in most parts of the world (or at least in the Northern Hemisphere) and we are thinking spring. Bright pastels, candy colors, and lighter-weight clothing are all in order this time of the year – and after the previous year we’ve had, why wouldn’t you want to celebrate the light at the end of the tunnel with happy colors that echo the spring flowers that are starting to pop up? April showers will be coming soon, and there’s nothing better than putting away your heavy winter coats, hats, gloves, and scarves in favor of cheerful and light jackets, umbrellas, rain boots, and ponchos in fun prints and colors, and other spring rainwear that livens up even the cloudiest spring days.
Bright Spring Rainwear for 2021
A Colorful Trench
To us, nothing says spring is here like putting away our black or dark-colored coats in favor of a trench or light rain jacket in a happy color or print. This trench by Cole Haan (available at Nordstrom) comes in royal blue or ruby red, and it is just about perfect, or try this London Fog coat from Macy’s in any of the pastel or tropical shades – we’re fans of the watermelon pink if you want a punch of color or the rose mist for a softer look.
A Proper Rain Coat With A Hood
While trenches are classic for rainy spring and fall weather for good reason, sometimes you need a serious raincoat. If you must go out in a major downpour, an anorak style with a hood like this one from Via Spiga is necessary to protect your face and hair along with your outfit. It comes in three neutral colors and the olive or camel could be a great alternative to the standard black.
A Foldable Poncho
These rain ponchos are the perfect thing to keep in your car or bag in case of a sudden shower, and at only $20, you can collect a few colors to keep in various places (we’re partial to the black and white polka dots ourselves). They are great for hiking and travel too, and as an added bonus, you can easily keep your purse underneath the poncho to protect it from the weather as well.
A (Collection Of) Lightweight Scarves
If you are anything like us, you’ve collected a variety of scarves in a bunch of different colors and patterns. Light linen or cotton ones are perfect for rainy days, and they can be used to protect your hair in a pinch. Something like this Madewell scarf comes in multiple colors and fits the bill perfectly and they are only $13 at Shopbop or $12.50 at Nordstrom.
A Stylish Hat
A crushable or foldable waterproof hat is invaluable if you live in an area when it rains on a regular basis. Something like one of these adjustable quilted bucket hats from Amazon is definitely chicer and more protective than a baseball cap or hood and won’t wrinkle when it is folded up in your bag. What’s more, we suggest sizing up in rain hats or getting something that adjusts if you want to avoid smushing your hair underneath. Want something that does double duty by providing UV protection when the sun comes back out? Try this wide-brimmed outdoor hat in a luscious violet or fuchsia, also from Amazon.
A Waterproof Bag
If you carry around a laptop, tablet, or other electronics, then you want a bag that will not only not get damaged by rain, but a bag that will protect your precious devices from the water like a classic Longchamp Le Pliage. For something a little more casual that will be great for the beach or pool this summer in addition to working on rainy days, we like the striped Scout bags with their flat burst-proof bottoms that allow them to stand up for ease of use and durability.
A Sturdy Rain Umbrella
There is nothing more frustrating than having your umbrella turn inside out or otherwise fail during a rainstorm (except perhaps getting caught without an umbrella when it is raining cats and dogs), so we’re big fans of these Sharpty inverted umbrellas that come in a myriad of colors for only $23 on Amazon. Naturally, we like the leopard print since animal prints are a neutral, but at that price you can get a few to keep in your tote, your car, and anywhere else you might need a rain umbrella.
A Pair Of Bold Rain Boots
Hunter rain boots are classics for a reason, and this black faux patent quilted pair adds a little more visual interest and panache than the typical rubber rain boot. Or if you want something with a lower shaft, these star-studded Joules wellies offer just the right amount of whimsy.
Shop Essential Spring Rainwear
Pictured Above from left to right:
Cole Haan Signature Hooded Trench Coat, now $149.90
London Fog Hooded Double-Breasted Trench Coat, With offer $100.80
Via Spiga A-Line Hooded Raincoat, now $129.90
Madewell Washed Bandana, $13.00
Madewell Bandana, $12.50
Joules Wellibob Chelsea Boot, $69.95
How do you change things up when the spring rain showers come? Do you have a separate rain wear ensemble or other outerwear you only wear during March, April, and maybe into May? Or do you wear the same rain gear all year round? Those of you who live in areas that get tons of showers in the spring, what fashion tips do you have for the rest of us? Let us know in the comments or in our Growing Younger Facebook group.
You may like to read more of Jacqueline’s styling posts like How to Wear The Latest Pattern Trends Of 2021 and Pajama Trends For Spring 2021 That Will Make You Feel Fabulous.
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