Although that whole "worst winter in 10 years" prediction never
really panned out, come April 1, all of us here in Chicagoland are
ready to run full-speed toward spring. It's finally time to trade
in your parkas for ponchos and your fuzzy boots for some
Here's a collection of waterproof products that will keep you
stylin' in the rain. So go ahead, make a splash.
Keep your expensive handbags at home when the skies open up.
Leather and water just don't mix. Instead trade them in for this
electric satchel from Target. It's big enough to hold all your mom
stuff, your own personal goodies and an umbrella, too.
If you have less to carry, I'm loving these faux-leather
envelope bags (the "it" style for spring) in two fun, color-blocked
There's something to say for the
traditional tan trench or classic black raincoat. But this year,
bold and bright is definitely the new black. Here are three rays of
rain-slicker sunshine that will help you stand out in a sea of dark
and gray. These can be found at Forever21.com or in stores.
(And they are all under $40!)
There is nothing quite like an unexpected POP of bold bright
color when the skies are gray.
This season's "IT" pant, the colored denim, is the perfect way
to bring a little sunshine to your cloudy day. If you've been
wondering if you can pull off jeans in hues of red, yellow and
blue, I'm here to shout a big fat Y.E.S. through my Fab Mama
One of my favorites is from Ann Taylor. It fits just below the
waist and has a touch of spandex to give you some movement while
you're chasing those kids.
They come in campfire red and electric blue. $88 at AnnTaylor.com.
* If you get downtown this spring, make sure to pop into the
brand new, and quite lovely, Ann Taylor Concept Store at 600
It's a great place to get your color ON!
I love a bit of menswear mixed into my otherwise girlie
wardrobe. And this men's Scottish tweed rain hat by L.L. Bean fits
the bill perfectly. It's made with Gore-Tex and completely
waterproof, yet breathable. $59.99. llbean.com
Pair this with jeans tucked into your high rain boots, an
over-sized cable sweater and a black scarf and you're one chic
Meredith Sinclair is a freelance writer and blogger living with three quirky guys on Chicago's North Shore.
See more of Meredith's stories here.
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