Spring Into Cooler Fashion

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Although some people like myself are very happy with the groundhog’s prediction (more winter), the rest of Long Island is busy praying for spring. But with the mild months of March, April and May come rain, wind and if you’re lucky, sunny, cool weather. So assuming that we will be getting a lot of rain this spring, stock up on these fashion essentials for your wardrobe and coat closet.

Trenchcoats

spring fashion essentialsIf you’re going to go about your day in rainy weather, you might as well dress the part. A good trenchcoat trumps a raincoat any day, as it is more stylish and offers more outfit coverage, especially when you step in a puddle and it splashes up to your knees. A tasteful trench has a hood, buttons, belt and of course, is water repellent.

Get this Heritage Trench Coat with Detachable Liner from London Fog, which retails for $178 at Nordstrom.

Umbrella

While it may look extremely simple, this umbrella covers it all. With a unique fixed length that eliminates kinks and broken handles, the Swing Trek umbrella is the one to grab for stormy weather. With a large canopy big enough to shield two people from the elements, the mesh material allows for faster drying time once indoors. Although it is not compact, it is lightweight and well-balanced, which is all you really need on a rainy day.

Buy it for $48 on Amazon.

Rain boots

If you want rain boots that are durable and fashionable, get yourself a pair of Hunter rain boots. Founded in 1856, the British heritage brand has been a favorite among Brits and celebrities as the go-to for rainy weather wear. Best sellers include the “Original Tall Rain boots,” priced at $150-$155 and the “Original Refined Rain boots,” priced at $165. The boots come in a variety of colors from black, gray, hunter green and navy to orange, pale blue, pale pink and yellow.

Visit www.hunterboots.com for styles and sizes.

Handbag

Spring is the time to clean out your closet and repopulate with fresh new pieces. A Coach bag is always welcome in there. The Charlie Carryall is made from polished pebble leather in a soft beechwood color ideal for spring. It’s big enough to carry a compact umbrella and a light scarf for those chilly rainy days.

Find it at Bloomingdales and bloomingdales.com.

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Jennifer Fauci is the managing editor of Long Island Weekly, Anton Media Group's award-winning special sections and Anton’s local magazines. Her passion for literature, travel and the arts lend to the unique content in her publications. In her time at Anton, she has received first place in the Folio Awards, second place for the NYPA awards and is the recipient of six PCLI awards.

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