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. You don’t have to sacrifice style with these waterproof and water-repellent clothing and accessories, such as a raincoat from Joe Fresh, 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, 598 Madison Ave at 57th St (212-980-3208, 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, 400 Bleecker St between Perry and W 11th Sts (212-675-4085) • 56 Greene St between Broome and Spring Sts (212-625-1820) • jackspade.com

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    Stop staring longingly at tourists’ big yellow ponchos (don’t they look so dry and happy?) and instead don Canadian chain Joe Fresh’s affordable hooded cape. You’ll stay just as dry but still look stylish when the sun finally comes out. Joe Fresh poncho, $29, at Joe Fresh, locations throughout the city; visit joefresh.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

  • When it’s too warm to wear a hooded jacket, throw on this dapper men’s cap made from water-resistant treated cotton, jute and straw. The natural materials will keep your noggin dry all day. Nobis Hugh Demann hat, $45, at City Hats, 63 Bleecker St between Broadway and Lafayette St (212-260-1948)

  • 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, 474 Broadway between Broome and Grand Sts (646-613-7292) • 28 W 34th St at Sixth Aves (212-564-5921) • 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, 598 Madison Ave at 57th St (212-980-3208, furla.com)

Follow Elizabeth Denton on Twitter: @elizabethann1


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