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In stylish gear, rainy days and Mondays won't get you down

hhendren@herald-leader.comMarch 1, 2013 

With the variety of fresh looks in rain gear these days, it's easier than ever to put a fashionable spin on even the most dreary days. So as the rains come this spring— and you know they will — don't let cloudy skies put a damper on your wardrobe.

Decades ago, sturdy rubber rain boots came only in somber greens, blacks and browns. Ditto for the classic trench.

But the past few years have seen a burst of color in waterproof apparel. Even Britain's venerable Hunter brand, founded in 1856, is offering its famous Wellies in violet, snake print and gold-accented Union Jack designs.

Rubber boots have gone from occasional wear that sits in the back of the closet to front and center as daily accessories paired with everything from jeans to skirts.

For boots that stand out in a crowd, you'll need something special. Lands' End canvas-shaft Wellies, for instance, available in navy or mulberry, may be personalized with a monogram for a classic, stylish look.

The label Chooka has led the way in fashion rain boots with its whimsical designs. The company also offers skimmers or flats for those tiring of the jeans-tucked-in-the-boots trend.

This spring, look for Chooka's Nobotana flats, $70, in vibrant orange, not to mention animal print and floral designs, with button accents and water-resistant neoprene linings.

The trench, too, has evolved to more than just a rainy-day standby. The right coat makes a versatile topper for late winter and early spring days when the weather can change in an instant.

At Anthropologie, the trench gets a fresh look, covered in a feminine eyelet. Decorative buttons and a closer fit make this style an versatile topper for spring and summer outfits.

Harriett Hendren: (859) 231-3324. Email: hhendren@herald-leader.com. Blog: Fashfood.bloginky.com.

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