Trend watch: Rain gear and other stylish waterproof items for men and women

Rain-boot alternatives and other waterproof items for men and women will keep you dry during April showers.

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April showers—especially surprise ones—can make dressing for the day a major hassle. Whether you're cozying up with a romantic film or heading outdoors for the best waterfall hikes, you don’t have to sacrifice style. Spruce up your rain-proof look with these waterproof and water-repellent accessories, such as a satchel from Furla, an alternative to rain boots from Melissa and oxfords from Timberland.

  • Just in time for the start of spring, Italian accessories brand Furla has released a smaller version of its popular rubber carryall. The heavy elastic material is made without harmful chemicals, such as phthalates, so you can get it wet without fear of having toxins leach into your skin. The vibrant color makes protecting your essentials from the rain a chic affair. Furla Candy Cookie mini satchel, $198, at furla.com

  • Banish raccoon eyes with brow expert Anastasia Soare’s recently launched clear mascara. Swipe it over any regular formula you already own and get waterproof lashes that won’t smudge, even if you get caught without an umbrella. Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Genius waterproof topcoat, $21, at Sephora, locations throughout the city; visit sephora.com

  • Protect your laptop in the classiest way possible with Jack Spade’s abrasion- and water-resistant canvas briefcase. A zippered nylon inner sleeve will ensure your prized possession doesn’t see a drop of rain. Jack Spade Military brief, $225, at Jack Spade, 1136 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice (310-396-3781, jackspade.com)

  • There’s nothing worse than a dripping-wet handbag—especially when you’ve splurged on it. Shield your goods from a sudden downpour with this neon plastic backpack. Side pockets are perfect for storing your cell phone and MetroCard, while an inner mesh lining allows you to throw in all your electronics worry-free. Nasty Gal Electric Youth backpack, $48, at nastygal.com

  • Retire cumbersome rain boots for these waterproof rubber flats from Brazilian footwear brand Melissa. The unique narrow toe, feminine bow and neutral colors go with just about every ensemble, and they’re cute enough that you won’t have to pack a change of shoes. Melissa Trippy rubber ballet flats, $70, at shopbop.com

  • Dudes shouldn’t be afraid to take these fashionable oxfords for a spin during a drizzle: Water-repellent suede uppers keep your feet dry, and a cushioned foot bed made from recycled plastic bottles make them a comfortable day-to-night choice. Timberland Earthkeepers Lite Brogue oxfords, $110, at Timberland, locations throughout the city; visit timberland.com

Just in time for the start of spring, Italian accessories brand Furla has released a smaller version of its popular rubber carryall. The heavy elastic material is made without harmful chemicals, such as phthalates, so you can get it wet without fear of having toxins leach into your skin. The vibrant color makes protecting your essentials from the rain a chic affair. Furla Candy Cookie mini satchel, $198, at furla.com

Follow Elizabeth Denton on Twitter: @elizabethann1



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