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When Raindrops Drip, Go Fashionably into the Fray

Don’t let rainy days put a damper on spring! The right gear will keep you dry and stylish in anything from a drizzle to a downpour

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TORRENTSHELL

For seriously wet weather, reach for the Patagonia® Torrentshell. Lightweight, packable, waterproof, and breathable, it’s a terrific outer layer.

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Zippered handwarmer pockets, stowable hood with laminated visor, and ventilating armpit zippers (yes, you need them!) are some of the many features that make the Torrentshell thechoice of serious hikers and trekkers in drenching conditions. Available in a rainbow of colors for women and men. Suit up and laugh at the rain together.

Patagonia® Torrentshell; $129.
Available in XS-XL for women, S-XXL for men

Trail Creek Outfitters — Glen Mills, Pa.

KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLOR

Banish the rainy-day blues with “Kaleidoscope,” a vibrant arrangement of roses, alstroemerias, button poms, asters, Gerbera daisies, and hydrangeas. According to the Home Ecology of Flowers study conducted by Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, flowers produce emotional benefits beyond the initial delight that accompanies their arrival: they feed compassion, chase away anxieties and worries, and increase energy, happiness, and enthusiasm. Who are we to argue? Same-day delivery makes it easy to brighten someone’s day with a spontaneous gift.

Kaleidoscope flower arrangement; starting price $49.95.

Matlack Florist — West Chester, Pa.

BARBOUR REVERSIBLE

No need to be a Plain Jane in the rain! Get two looks in one with this reversible raincoat from Barbour. Water-resistant and washable, the polyester shell is light khaki with plaid buttons and rounded patch pockets; the reverse side is plaid with khaki buttons and slash pockets. Choose your favorite side to wear with everything from denim to a party dress.

Barbour Reversible Derby Mac Raincoat; $349.
Misses sizes 4-12.

Wilmington Country Store – Greenville, Del.

ARTISTIC UMBRELLAS

Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies” elevates a functional umbrella into a work of art with its impressionist dash of color. There’s plenty of room for you and a friend to sing in the rain under its 48-inch arc. Unbreakable fiberglass ribs and a solid one-piece handle ensure that your brolly will be ready for rain duty for years to come.

Monet “Water Lilies” umbrella, $29.99.

Longwood Gardens – Kennett Square, Pa.

CLASSIC RAINCOAT

Turn heads as you turn away wind and rain in this classic and classy raincoat. Made in a comfortable cotton/polyester blend, the tailored coat has double-breasted styling with a self-fabric belt and raglan sleeves.
This seasons-spanning garment has a cozy lining that zips out when the weather warms; the top of the double collar is also removable.

Traveler Double Breasted Raincoat; $475.00. Available in khaki and black. Even sizes (extended sizes available).

Jos. A. Bank – Glen Mills, Kennett Square, Exton, and Paoli, Pa.; Wilmington, Del.

SAFETY FIRST

The Luminite II Jacket is a rainy season essential for bicycle commuters. Unbeatable for visibility and protection, the seams of the 2.5-layer waterproof fabric are fully taped without sacrificing breathability, and the jacket is proportioned to fit over everyday clothing. Visibility system includes reflective safety chevrons throughout and an integrated, rear-pocket LED. A zippered chest pocket, fleece-lined hand-warmer pockets, and rear zippered pocket hold your keys and other stuff. Cuffs, neck, and hem are adjustable.

Endura Luminite II; $144.99. Men’s S through XXL. Available in black/reflective, Hi-Vis/reflective, and Hi-Vis green/reflective.

Garrison’s Cyclery of Centreville — Centreville, Del.

KIDORABLE

Splish, splash! Send your little froggy or ladybug outdoors in an ensemble from Kidorable and you’ll never have to yell, “Stay out of those puddles!” The raincoat is roomy enough to accommodate a jacket underneath, and comfortable in warmer weather on its own. Kids love the boots so much they may beg to wear them even when the sun’s shining.

Ladybug and Frog rainwear ensembles. Raincoat (size 12 months through 6x) $35; boots (kid size 5 through adult size 2) $28; umbrella $15; backpack $25. Made by Kidorable.

Hansel & Gretel Children’s Boutique — Wilmington, Del.