February is winding down and March is set to roar in like a lion. When the wild weather hits, you don’t want to be caught outside in the cold rain, unprepared. Stock your closet with these water-resistant essentials so that you stay dry and cozy from head-to-toe, from now until bright, sunny May.
1. STRETCH KNIT LEGGINGS
When caught outside in heavy rain, a jacket and umbrella may not be enough to keep you dry from the waist-down. That’s why you need water resistant, quick dry leggings. This pair from Tiergrade does just that. Plus the breathable, lightweight construction means they’ll dry fast once once you get inside.
2. TRAVEL HANDBAG
You carry a lot of important stuff in your bag: cell phone, tablet, makeup…. lunch. Nobody wants a watered out phone or a soggy sandwich. That’s why you need this water-repellent, anti-tear nylon handbag from Sykt. Zip closures make sure no water seeps through. Carry it as a tote, shoulder bag or crossbody.
BUY: Travel Handbag, $14.68+
3. THREE SECTION AUTOMATIC COMPACT UMBRELLA
It should go without saying, but the best advice rarely does. Make sure you stash a compact umbrella in your bag, like this one from Totes. Then you’ll be ready when the raindrops start to fall.
4. ULTRALITE BAMBOO SOCKS
You don’t always plan for the rain, which means you might not be wearing rainboots when it starts. When you’re not sure what the sky portends, wear these socks from DexShell. A breathable, waterproof membrane means these socks are puddle proof.
5. TINSLEY RAINBOOTS
We’ve all had enough of wild prints on big, ugly rain boots. It’s time to get serious and choose something a little more chic. These rubber Chelsea boots from Sam Edelman are just the ticket. Elastic gores and a pull tab make for easy on-and-off, while the rubber sole prevents slips on wet surfaces.
6. CHARLOTTE DOWN JACKET
When it comes to the turbulent weather, there’s nothing more pleasant than a puffer. A lightweight down coat keeps away the cool, damp wind. A drawcord hood on this jacket from Halifax Traders means you can cover your head — no umbrella needed. Plus the longline silhouette flatters your figure.
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