By Janet Kelly
SPRINGTIME weather can mean anything from a cold morning to a windy afternoon to a drenching downpour in the evening. You may not be singing in the rain, but you can prepare for whatever bout of weather you find yourself in. Our picks below:
ABOVE LEFT: Rain or shine, here’s a cheery umbrella that covers you in either case. Lightweight (12.3 ounces) and compact, this bumbershoot with an eight-rib windproof frame, is waterproof and has a UPF50+ rating, blocking 98% of the sun’s rays. It’s $69.99 from Amy’s Umbrellas.
BELOW LEFT: Sometimes you want a high boot, sometimes you don’t. It depends on the terrain and the weather. If, for example, you’re messing around with plants, my money is on these Garden Clogs ($95, Terrain). A sole with good traction keeps you above the muck and an inner neoprene lining is water-resistant and ensures warm feet.
RIGHT: Yellow rain jackets, like this one, remind me of the slicker I wore at summer camp and foul-weather gear for blustery days on the Chesapeake. Nothing fancy just utilitarian. Herschel Supply’s rain jacket, made with waterproof stretch fabric, welded seams, snaps and a hefty hood, combines form with function for serious outdoor cred. It’s $99.
LEFT: If you happen to be heir to a media fortune like Kendall Roy in “Succession,” then by all means, snap up Loro Piana’s waterproof baseball cap, lined in linen. In addition to roseberry sorbet, it comes in opaque rose, turquoise, lemon cream, lemon sorbet, red and gray-white. Dig deep into those pockets for $455. On the other hand Loro Piana makes clothing that’s supposed to last. As Per Luigi Loro Piana remarked to Nancy McKeon, managing editor, several years ago, “The design is timeless, not fashion.”
RIGHT: This Boonie Hat ($34) from Rains, a Scandinavian company with a conceptual-meets-functional design approach, is constructed from a coated waterproof fabric. The wide rim with coordinating cord that ties under the chin ensures it stays put and repels the raindrops.
LEFT: Go ahead, make a splash wearing Joules’ waterproof, pull-on Molly Rain Boot. Whether or not you’re navigating through puddles or slush, you’ll get good traction and your feet will stay dry in this 11-inch-high boot with a one-inch heel. Plus, the honey bee print is sweet, not saccharine.
CENTER: The Museum of Modern Art has expanded its umbrella offerings. Remember the Sky style? It’s still available. Even more fun is MoMA’s Color Wheel Umbrella ($55). Generously sized—it has a 45-inch diameter—its 24 panels surround you in every shade of the color spectrum. A sturdy black metal frame and rubber-coated handle keep it practical, too.
RIGHT: Sealed seams, adjustable cuffs, a fishtail hem, a hood and snaps make Rains’s waterproof Long Jacket (hip-length) quintessentially functional. It’s available in eight colors of which we think the metallic mist option is the snazziest. It sells for $125.
LEFT: Into each life, some rain must fall, and sometimes, a lot of it. Stockholm-based Stutterheim takes wet weather seriously — coating its structured cotton jackets in wax so they both block water and keep you warm. Fully lined slash pockets offer space to throw a phone in and not worry about moisture getting in. If you forget your umbrella, the hood stands in. The A-line Mosebacke, available in a slew of different colors and from sizes XXXS to XL, retails for $295.
CENTER: Camo never looked so good as on this fuchsia, lilac, green and deep purple below-the-knee poncho. Made of recycled polyester, it’s waterproof and packable (it folds up into a pouch). Available in an easy- to-wear, one-size fits all, it sells for $99 at Rainkiss.
RIGHT: Repel’s windproof travel umbrella ($26.95), at 11 1/2 inches long and weighing 14 ounces, closes automatically (with the touch of a button) and fits into most handbags. Although compact, it expands into a 37-inch-diameter double-vented, teflon-coated protective canopy. Choose this rainbow-hued model and you’ll have no trouble finding it in the restaurant umbrella stand. (It also comes in pink, pinstripe, slate blue and yellow.) And if you buy it directly from Repel, it’s backed by a lifetime refund or replacement guarantee.
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