Styling in the Rain

Spring showers may be on their way, but that doesn't mean we need to dress to match the drear. Burberry encourages customers to face the rainy season head-on in its dazzling gold double-breasted leather trench coat ($2,495; burberry.com). Or for an extra candy-colored pop, Versace's incandescent bubblegum pink, thigh-skimming trench features a reflective silver belt buckle and embossed buttons ($2,740; neimanmarcus.com). For a more Catherine Deneuve look, try popping the collar on a deep violet Kilmuir coat from the heirloom Scottish rainwear brand Mackintosh, made from a watertight and super-lightweight Japanese fabric ($895; mackintoshrainwear.com). And women needn't have all the flair; men tired of khaki will stop traffic in the crimson double-breasted inspector's coat by 3.1 Phillip Lim ($750; barneys.com).

For those tempted to spin around a lamppost and sing in the rain, a custom-made umbrella from Swaine Adeney Brigg (which also supplies Prince Charles with his favorite silver-tipped parapluie) should do the trick. The niche British company will engrave a name or date on its solid sterling-silver handle—and with good reason, too. Made from rosewood core, mother-of-pearl button snaps and a bright silk or nylon canopy chosen from a rainbow of choices, its lucky owner will have to keep a close eye on it ($1,575; swaineadeney.co.uk).

Staying dry up top is no good if one's feet are soaked. Thankfully, Wellies have come a long way. Aquatalia by Marvin K makes tall, wedge-heeled rain boots in candy-apple red ($195; saksfifthavenue.com). And Burberry's glossy black Wellington boots will glam away the glum with their rock-and-roll studded buckles ($350; www.net-a-porter.com). Bring on the rain, because it's time to shine.

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