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  1. 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 (

  2. 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

  3. 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,

  4. Photograph: Lisa Charles Watson
    Photograph: Lisa Charles Watson

    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,

  5. 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 Ventra card, while an inner mesh lining allows you to throw in all your electronics worry-free. Nasty Gal Electric Youth backpack, $48, at

  6. 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

  7. 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,

Rain gear and other stylish waterproof items

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


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. But don't forget your umbrella!

Follow Elizabeth Denton on Twitter: @elizabethann1
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