Rainy Day Fashion to Keep Spirits High and Feet Dry

Don’t let bad weather dampen your spirits, or your sense of fashion. Here’s our roundup of rain gear that’s functional, yet fashionable. Raincoats that have you covered and boots that keep you dry, while putting a spring in your step. Get ready to sizzle through the drizzle this spring!

 Spiritrap Water-Repellent Wrap

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Score big as you cheer on your favorite team in the reversible, water-resistant Spiritrap, available in a kaleidoscope of school colors. It’s easy to pack and extra long, so you can still have a seat on the bleachers, even when the weather’s foul. Looking for more warmth? The Winterrap is like wearing a water-resistant pashmina. The outside repels the rain, while a soft fabric interior keeps you cozy. That’s a wrap! RainRaps, $70-$75

Hunter Wellies

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One of the biggest trends this spring is the knee-high Hunter. The British boot dates back to 1856, but it’s making a big splash right now. Slip them on over your jeans or leggings, and voila! You’re stylin’— and completely dry. Since they’re tall boots, there’s slim chance that anything from your knees down will be getting wet. The Bootery, 483 Central Ave., Highland Park, 847-433-1911, or Hunter Boots, $115-$235

 

Burberry Trench Coat

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Throw this on when you want a laid-back outfit to instantly become a classic. This raincoat whispers elegance, instead of shouting for attention. Not surprisingly, this kind of casual luxury comes at a steep price. Burberry, Northbrook Court, 847-205-0110, $1,895

L.L. Bean 3-in-1 Weather Challenger

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You can count on Chicago’s weather to be unpredictable. Banish bad weather with L.L. Bean’s multi-functional 3-in-1 Weather Challenger jacket. It’s basically two jackets that zip together. Wear the under layer on dry days, then zip up the waterproof outer shell on rainy days. A generous hood means you’ll always be covered. L.L. Bean, Old Orchard Shopping Center, Skokie, 888-552-5564, $190

 Aigle Black Boots

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Forget about the humble rubber boot, you’ll be rockin’ the rain in these edgy boots. Short and sweet, they’re great for puddles and good enough for a night out. Aigle Boots, $185

Aden Rain Jacket by Helly Hansen 

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Helly Hansen is known for high-quality gear that stands up to the elements, whether snow or rain. This city slicker’s extra long and has a collapsible hood, ensuring you’ll be dry, no matter what Mother Nature throws your way! It has two large zippered pockets to protect your valuables and the rugged outer fabric can easily be wiped clean. Consider it your go-to rain jacket. REI, Willow Festival Shopping Center, 888 Willow Road, Northbrook, 847-480-1938, or Helly Hansen, $130

 

Helly Hansen Rubber Rain Boot

 

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Norwegians like to say, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes.” No surprise that one of the world’s leading outdoor clothing lines is Norway’s Helly Hansen. Nothing boosts your mood like a burst of color, and this rubber boot comes in a rainbow of options. Nordstrom, Old Orchard Shopping Center, 847-677-2121, or Helly Hansen, $80

 

Boden Rainy Day Mac

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If you find blending in to be boring, then this jacket’s for you. Almost as iconic as gloomy London weather, the Rainy Day Mac put Britain’s Boden on the map here in the U.S. It makes functional fun with its brightly colored, playful patterns. Brightening up a gloomy day, now that’s spot on! Bodenusa, $180

 

L.L. Bean Duck Boots

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This hard-working staple still has plenty of style. L.L. Bean’s classic duck boots are super-warm and completely waterproof. Go ahead, step in a puddle— they’ll still be dry! Should we be hit with snow again in April, they’re perfect snow boots as well. There’s a removable fleece liner that converts them from snow boot to rain boot. L.L. Bean, Old Orchard Shopping Center, Skokie, 888-552-5564, $200

 

Columbia Water-Resistant Down Jacket

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Columbia’s Sportswear’s 860 TurboDown is a lightweight, water-resistant jacket that brightens up a gray day, whether you’re going for a run around the block, or running to the grocery store. The 800-fill goose down is meant to keep you warm, but it can be compressed into a pocket, so it’s easy to pack or carry in a tote or backpack. Columbia, 830 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, 312-951-2679, $200

 

Classic Bogs

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Everything’s coming up roses when you slip on these adorable rain boots! Long popular with the elementary school crowd because of the cute patterns and handles that make them easy to pull on, they’re great for adults, too. Why should kids have all the fun? These boots are bloomin’ gorgeous. Uncle Dan’s, 901 Church St., Evanston, 847-475-7100, or Bogs Footwear $124