by Angela Harrison

Spring has officially sprung, along with its unpredictable bouts of rain and mud. This is always a tricky season when it comes to proper outwear and footwear. Some days are cooler and damper than others, making raincoats and boots a necessity — which can be a huge drag. And while I can’t personally roll out a red carpet for you to cross from your car to the door of your destination (I’m only one woman, otherwise I’d totally be there for you, girl), I can help make that soggy trek a little dryer and brighter with the latest from this spring’s rain-wear lineup.  

Raincoats and trenches do a fabulous job of keeping you dry while keeping your outfit looking great. Most coats in these styles are lightweight and water-resistant, making them the perfect choice for spring temps and conditions. The classic tailoring of a trench coat can transform any casual denim or legging look into a polished outfit. Trench coats also compliment most workwear or dressed-up looks. Try the Ralph Lauren trench coat in black, instead of classic camel, for a sleek, contemporary feel. Sporting outwear in trend colors is also an easy way to feel spring-y even if it’s raining cats and dogs, like this London Fog hooded double-breasted trench in the color ‘Chambray.’ The hooded peplum raincoat by Kate Spade in ‘Aladdin Pink’ has an adorable flounce to it, pairing perfectly with jeans or a sheath dress for work, while being weather-ready with its water-repellent fabric.    

Proper footwear is crucial for getting through the floods of spring. Rain boots are the easiest way to insure dry feet and there are so many cute styles this season. Hunter boots have always been known for their tall willies, and this season they’ve put a few twists on their classic style like the ‘Sissinghurst Tall Rain Boot’ in ‘Red Clay/Marigold,’ which takes design elements from a riding boot. Another gorgeous style from Hunter is their ‘Original Refined High Gloss Quilted Rain Boot’ in black. This boot has classic style with a modern edge from the high gloss and gold hardware on the back buckle. You could pair these with black jeans and a leather moto-jacket or with a classic camel trench. If tall boots aren’t your thing, Hunter has mid and short styles like the ‘Original Chelsea Rain Boot’ in ‘Dark Olive.’ Other favorites of mine are the short boots from Lemon Jelly, like the ‘Pisa Chelsea Boot’ with fun gusset colors, shown in black with red, or the ‘Haley Chelsea Boot’ in ‘Rose Gloss’ with black ribbon tie and gold eyelets.   

Your last shield against the rain, and perfect finishing touch, is the almighty umbrella. I always have a small one folded up and stashed in my car, but if you’re headed to a meeting or daytime event, try a fun print like the Joules ‘Right as Rain’ umbrella in ‘French Navy Fay Floral.’ Full coverage umbrellas such as Shedrain’s stick umbrella style aren’t as compact, but do offer optimal rain protection while trying to dodge the elements. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a classic yellow stripe! With summer just around the corner, this rain-ready lineup will be sure to keep you dry and on-trend until clear skies are here! 

Angie Harrison received a BS degree in fashion merchandising from Western Michigan University, and after merchandising for a large retailer, went on to start Angela Harrison Style; a personal, print, and film wardrobe styling service. Her experience has led her to build a loyal client list of people from all backgrounds and professions. Angie has also worked in wardrobe on local and national tv commercials and has started a visual merchandising branch of AHStyle, providing styling and merchandising expertise to Michigan retailers. You may also follow her on Instagram: @_ahstyle