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I grew up in the California desert, where rain showers were few and far between enough to count as Facebook post fodder. Back then, if you mentioned treating your leather boots, I’d probably wonder what a shoe was gonna do with a Milkbone.
When I moved to the East Coast for college, I experienced some serious culture shock (meaning, I had to buy an umbrella for the first time). In the years since, I’ve spent drizzly days huddled under a boring puffer, trying not to get my feet wet — or hunkered down indoors with a cup of hot chocolate.
But even a California girl like me knows there has to be a better way. Enter this roundup of rain gear that will keep you dry and stylin’, whether you face sporadic showers or Twilight levels of winter gloom. Read on to see the best jackets, umbrellas, and rain boots for women that the internet has to offer.
Stand out from a sea of black coats in this hooded lavender number. The polyester comes from recycled water bottles, so it’s kind of a look good, feel morally superior situation.
I’d don this polyester jacket even on cloudless days — its trench-like design lets it fly under the radar as a raincoat.
I love this coat’s full-coverage length (plus the fact that its pumpkin shade matches the fall desserts we’ll all be scarfing in the next few months).
Whether tossed over workout wear or a sweater and slacks, this nylon coat functions as a statement piece, thanks to its pretty ice-blue hue.
This cruelty-free puffer swaps down for cozy insulation made from recycled materials.
Eye-catching but classic, this is the kind of umbrella I imagine spends most of its time hanging out in the coat room at The Met.
The go-with-everything black umbrella gets a boost of cuteness from an adorable metal bulldog handle.
Rain might ruin an alfresco lunch date, but this umbrella’s picnic-blanket print (and recycled plastic origins) will brighten up a drizzly day.
I have one motto: “Leopard print is a neutral” — which means I never have to worry about outfit clashes when I pull this schleppable umbrella out of my purse.
Another eco-friendly option, this flower-print umbrella keeps plastic bottles out of landfills and raindrops off your head.
Hunter boots top the syllabus in Chic Rain Gear 101. I like this brown faux-croc version of the original.
A far cry from the printed wellies we typically picture when we hear “rain boots,” these polished rubber Chelseas shout “English model off duty.”
The snug, stretchy ankle on these gorgeous shoes combats the water-in-your-socks problem that sometimes plagues shorter boots.
Just because it’s time for heeled sandals to enter hibernation doesn’t mean you have to give up your height boost. The three-inch heel on these waterproof boots makes sailing over puddles a breeze.
If I were costuming a spy movie heroine, these are the boots I’d grab. Those chunky lug soles are huge this season (no pun intended).
What is your must-have rain gear? Tell us in the comments!
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