We all know how the saying goes: “April showers bring May flowers.” And with the past week proving this mantra to be true, it’s time to swap our winter coats for a waterproof alternative that is both practical and fashionable. Though finding stylish rain gear may sound like looking for a needle in a haystack, look no further — Fashionably Fairfield has you covered with pieces under $100.
Gone are the days when the only options to stay dry in a downpour are Hunter’s rain boots or L.L. Bean’s Bean boots. In fact, there are much more affordable options available from a variety of designers that will get you to class dry and in style. Take, for example, the chelsea-style rain boot: this unisex boot provides all the sleekness of the traditional ankle-high boot but in waterproof form. What’s great about chelsea rain boots is that they can easily pass for a regular faux or patent leather boot, so if there’s a chance of rain in the forecast, you can be prepared without compromising your outfit. Land’s End offers a men’s chelsea boot that is currently on sale for only $44.99 and available in navy blue, while Zappos sells a gorgeous women’s boot from Sam Edelman for $54.95 that comes in grey, as well as a shiny black or matte black finish.
Sometimes wearing a rain coat can feel a bit like wearing a glorified trash bag, especially when that rain is accompanied by humidity. But rain coats don’t have to be dowdy and depressing when they can be fun and fashionable. With anoraks, trench coats and even bomber-style rain jackets now available, your rain gear can seamlessly blend into your regular wardrobe so you can head to that weekend party still looking as fly as ever, rain or shine. A men’s anorak from IZOD will do the trick for the fashion-conscious guy, as the $89.99 jacket offers a funnel neck, extra pockets for your phone and wallet and of course, a waterproof outer shell. While trench coats are often in simple colors, a red women’s trench from French Connection will inject a shot of color on a gloomy day — and will only set you back $73.
If using a good old-fashioned umbrella is more your speed, a trendy clear umbrella will surely do the trick. Small enough to fold up and store in your backpack, a clear umbrella like a $26 version from totes will not only keep you dry but help you see while shielding yourself from the elements.
We all hope for more sunnier days than rainy days — both literally and figuratively. But the next time it pours, you’ll be prepared with these fashionable and budget-friendly items that will keep you dry in style.