Beat April showers with rain gear that's actually stylish

Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored
Wed March 21, 2018

Story highlights

  • Stay dry through spring storms with weatherproof gear
  • Shop ahead for our top picks of rainboots, raincoats and umbrellas

The saying "April showers bring May flowers" may be tired, but the reality behind it isn't. Spring is just as much about thunderstorms and puddles as it is about vibrant sunshine. To be ready for the season, you'll need weatherproof gear that can keep you dry through all of the drizzles and deluges -- because nothing puts a damper on your plans quite like getting caught in the rain without any protection.

While rain gear is notoriously clunky, plain and not the most flattering, the newest crop of designs makes waterproof shoes, jackets and umbrellas pretty stylish. For both men and women, styles this season incorporate bright hues and color-block designs which bring additional life to your wellies and slickers. Many of these options even look good layered on top of more formal everyday attire, like work clothes.

To help give your rain essentials the cool factor, we've compiled a list of customer favorite boots, coats and umbrellas for both men and women that follow spring's colorful trends. All of these picks have been rated an impressive 4 stars or higher on their retailers' sites. It's the type of weatherproof gear that will actually make you look forward to a little splash of rain here and there this season.

Note: The prices below reflect the retailer's listed price at the time of publication.

Women's Coats

Joules Right as Rain Packable Print Hooded Raincoat ($74.95; nordstrom.com)

IN'VOLAND Women's Plus Size Rain Jacket ($27.99; amazon.com)

Pendleton Surrey Hooded Rain Slicker ($129.90; nordstrom.com)

H&M Hooded Raincoat ($59.99; hm.com)

Stutterheim Stockholm ($295; needsupply.com)

Women's Refined Mid-Length Trench Coat ($355; hunter.com)

Men's Coats

Torrentshell Packable Rain Jacket ($129; nordstrom.com)

ASOS Shower Resistant Smart Jacket ($87; asos.com)

Columbia Men's Big and Tall Roan Mountain Jacket ($30.10; amazon.com)

Stutterheim Stockholm Half Coat ($103.50; eastdane.com)

Herschel Supply Co. Wind Jacket ($80; needsupply.com)

Eddie Bauer Men's Cloud Cap Lightweight Rain Jacket ($59.40; eddiebauer.com)

Women's Boots

Hunter Women's Original Tall Rain Boots ($150; hunterboots.com)

Sam Edelman Tinsley Boot ($34.99; 6pm.com)

Women's Joan Rain Wedge Felt Boot ($165; sorel.com)

Men's Boots

Wolverine Felix 6" Waterproof Boot ($135.99; zappos.com)

UGG Hannen Waterproof Boot ($229.95; nordstrom.com)

Sperry Top-Sider Men's Avenue Duck Rain Boot ($77.99; amazon.com)

Umbrellas

Hunter Original Bubble Umbrella ($49; urbanoutfitters.com)

ASOS Ted Baker Compact Umbrella ($70; asos.com)

BLUNT Metro Umbrella ($60; nordstrom.com)