Rainy Day Gear

When it rains, it pours. Well, sometimes it does. Whether it’s a light drizzle or a deluge, you’ll want to be prepared with a few key items—a good strong umbrella, a stylish raincoat and a sturdy pair of rain boots. Don’t let a little rain spoil your plans. Gear up with these rainy day accessories.

Bagail Reverse Folding Umbrella

If you’ve ever been frustrated by the raindrops collected by an ordinary umbrella and deposited inconveniently on your car upholstery or on your floor at home, you’ll want to try the Bagail Reverse Folding Umbrella. The clever design prevents these drips and keeps you dry in even the heaviest of downpours. It’s large enough to share with a buddy and features a C-shaped handle to handily hang on your wrist, handbag or shopping cart. This innovative umbrella also offers UPF 50+ sun protection, so it’s great to have around on sunny days as well. With dozens of designs to choose from, you’ll have no trouble at all finding one that suits your personality.

$21.99 at bagail.com and amazon.com

L.L.Bean 8” Leather Chamois-Lined Boots

The signature Maine-made brand takes quality to another level with these water-resistant boots. With the classic color combination of tan leather on the upper, a brown lower portion, gum sole and navy lining, L.L.Bean has crafted the perfect boot for unpleasant weather. Rich, full grain U.S. leather is gently tumbled for a remarkably soft, broken-in feel and the cotton chamois flannel lining provides extra warmth and comfort. These rugged boots will take you through fall and winter and into the rainy season of spring.

$159 at llbean.com

Lands’ End Hooded Waterproof Long Raincoat

This waterproof raincoat by Lands’ End is your first defense against inclement weather. It comes in four fashion-forward hues—Burnt Clay (shown), Soft Pebble, Black and Golden Pineapple—and features classic styling that works for all occasions. The button-out insulated liner adds extra warmth when needed and the side pockets conceal a hidden snap to keep everything inside dry and secure. Whether you wear regular, petite or tall sizes, you will look polished in this classy raincoat.

$159 at landsend.com

Raindrop Handbag Raincoat

When buying yourself a new raincoat, don’t forget to buy one for your handbag too! Made of water-repellent polyurethane, this useful item adds a stylish and fun element to your rainy day item. Large enough to cover tote bags and effective for smaller bags as well, the Handbag Raincoat makes use of a Velcro top closure and folds up into a pouch to be stored neatly inside your handbag. Shown here in a Raindrop print with a scalloped bottom edge, the bag cover comes in several styles—from clear to patterned to black—that protect your handbag from water damage.

Bonus: These clever little accessories make a truly unique stocking stuffer at the holidays.

$15 at handbagraincoat.com

Hooded Rain Poncho for Adults with Pockets

A poncho is a good thing to have around for unexpected rain showers. It doesn’t have to be a purely utilitarian accessory—it can be fashionable too. The water-resistant and quick drying ponchos by SaphiRose come in 40 different colors and prints. Shown here in a bold and fun polka dot print, these ponchos for adults feature handy pockets and an accompanying pouch for easy storage and portability.

$21.99 at amazon.com

Joules Roll Up Rain Boots

Every woman needs a pair of wellies. From festivals to farmyards, these rain boots by Joules are sure to make a splash. Joules makes boots in a variety of heights and styles. The added bonus of this lightweight pair, shown in Navy Spot, is that they fold up into their own carry bag and can be easily brought along wherever you go. The company also sells Buffer Up solution to clean off mud and dirt to keep the rubber soft and flexible.

$77.95 at joulesusa.com

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Kimberly Dijkstra
Kimberly Dijkstra is the web editor for Anton Media Group, a writer for Long Island Weekly and recipient of several Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) and New York Press Association (NYPA) awards.

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