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Mood-lifting pops of color brighten up rainwear

L.L. BEAN - L. L. Bean Signature union wharf jacket ($79) at www.llbean.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>L.L. BEAN</em></div>L. L. Bean Signature union wharf jacket ($79) at www.llbean.com
TAHARI - Tahari 'Holly' dried lilac double-breasted trench coat ($89.90), at www.ruelala.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>TAHARI</em></div>Tahari 'Holly' dried lilac double-breasted trench coat ($89.90), at www.ruelala.com
TRETORN - Tretorn 'Kelly' boot ($85), at www.ae.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>TRETORN</em></div>Tretorn 'Kelly' boot ($85), at www.ae.com
K-WAY - K-Way 'Claudette' in yellow ($54), at www.k-way.ca
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>K-WAY</em></div>K-Way 'Claudette' in yellow ($54), at www.k-way.ca
K-WAY - K-Way 'x Maje Claudette' in black and leopard print ($250), at www.k-way.ca
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>K-WAY</em></div>K-Way 'x Maje Claudette' in black and leopard print ($250), at www.k-way.ca
K-WAY - K-Way 'Nancy' nylon coat in acid green ($165), at www.k-way.ca
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>K-WAY</em></div>K-Way 'Nancy' nylon coat in acid green ($165), at www.k-way.ca
K-WAY - K-Way K-Hat in red ($25), at www.k-way.ca
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>K-WAY</em></div>K-Way K-Hat in red ($25), at www.k-way.ca
J.C. PENNEY - JCP cropped trench coat ($65), at J.C. Penney stores and www.jcpenney.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>J.C. PENNEY</em></div>JCP cropped trench coat ($65), at J.C. Penney stores and www.jcpenney.com
J.C. PENNEY - Joe Fresh trench coat ($49), at J.C. Penney stores and www.jcpenney.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>J.C. PENNEY</em></div>Joe Fresh trench coat ($49), at J.C. Penney stores and www.jcpenney.com
SHOPBOP.COM - Thakoon short sleeve belted trench ($1,130), at www.shopbop.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>SHOPBOP.COM</em></div>Thakoon short sleeve belted trench ($1,130), at www.shopbop.com
SHOPBOP.COM - Hunter packable tour rain boots ($140), at www.shopbop.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>SHOPBOP.COM</em></div>Hunter packable tour rain boots ($140), at www.shopbop.com
L.L. BEAN - L.L. Bean women's neoshell bounder jacket ($299), at www.llbean.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>L.L. BEAN</em></div>L.L. Bean women's neoshell bounder jacket ($299), at www.llbean.com
L.L. BEAN - L.L. Bean women's neoshell bounder jacket ($299), at www.llbean.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>L.L. BEAN</em></div>L.L. Bean women's neoshell bounder jacket ($299), at www.llbean.com
JONATHAN ADLER - Jonathan Adler 'Positano Hexagons' printed umbrella ($30), at www.artisangemsboutique.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>JONATHAN ADLER</em></div>Jonathan Adler 'Positano Hexagons' printed umbrella ($30), at www.artisangemsboutique.com
JONATHAN ADLER - Jonathan Adler 'House of Cards' printed umbrella ($30), at www.artisangemsboutique.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>JONATHAN ADLER</em></div>Jonathan Adler 'House of Cards' printed umbrella ($30), at www.artisangemsboutique.com
JONATHAN ADLER - Jonathan Adler 'Dunbar Road' zigzag printed umbrella ($30), at www.artisangemsboutique.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>JONATHAN ADLER</em></div>Jonathan Adler 'Dunbar Road' zigzag printed umbrella ($30), at www.artisangemsboutique.com
MODCLOTH.COM - Yumi Rain Dots Keep Falling raincoat ($129.99), at www.modcloth.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>MODCLOTH.COM</em></div>Yumi Rain Dots Keep Falling raincoat ($129.99), at www.modcloth.com
MODCLOTH.COM - I Heart Umbrellas ($29.99), at www.modcloth.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>MODCLOTH.COM</em></div>I Heart Umbrellas ($29.99), at www.modcloth.com
MODCLOTH.COM - Chess for Success rain boot ($42.99), at www.modcloth.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>MODCLOTH.COM</em></div>Chess for Success rain boot ($42.99), at www.modcloth.com
LIGHT IN THE BOX - Light In The Box women's pleating detail trench coat,($127.99), at www.lightinthebox.com's Flash Sales
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>LIGHT IN THE BOX</em></div>Light In The Box women's pleating detail trench coat,($127.99), at www.lightinthebox.com's Flash Sales
RAINRAPS - Rainraps 'Spiritwrap' is perfect for stadium seating in Pittsburgh colors black and gold ($70), at www.rainraps.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>RAINRAPS</em></div>Rainraps 'Spiritwrap' is perfect for stadium seating in Pittsburgh colors black and gold  ($70), at www.rainraps.com
RAINRAPS - Rainrapsemerald green and light jade rain coat ($60), at www.rainraps.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>RAINRAPS</em></div>Rainrapsemerald green and light jade rain coat ($60), at www.rainraps.com
RAINRAPS - Rainraps cobalt blue and light gray rain coat ($60), at www.rainraps.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>RAINRAPS</em></div>Rainraps cobalt blue and light gray rain coat ($60), at www.rainraps.com
RAINRAPS - Rainraps fuchsia and nectarine rain coat ($60), at www.rainraps.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>RAINRAPS</em></div>Rainraps fuchsia and nectarine rain coat ($60), at www.rainraps.com
LANDS' END - Lands' End women's pattern coastal rain coat ($109-$119), at www.landsend.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>LANDS' END</em></div>Lands' End women's pattern coastal rain coat ($109-$119), at www.landsend.com
LANDS' END - Lands' End women's lighthouse packable parka ($49-$55), at www.landsend.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>LANDS' END</em></div>Lands' End women's lighthouse packable parka ($49-$55), at www.landsend.com
LANDS' END - Lands' End red apple coastal rain coat ($99-$109), at www.landsend.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>LANDS' END</em></div>Lands' End red apple coastal rain coat ($99-$109), at www.landsend.com

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How to buy a trench

Allison Berlin, stylist and founder of personal styling company Style Made Simple, shares her advice for finding your perfect trench.

Consider the silhouette: “A double-breasted style with a belt that hits at your natural waist is a classic shape that flatters every body type,” Berlin says.

Go for the right length: “Make sure your proportions are balanced,” Berlin says. “A hem that's a couple inches above the knee works on shorter women, while taller women can go a bit longer.”

Choose your best shade: Brights may be fun, but khaki is timeless. “If you're fair-skinned, try a deeper tone,” Berlin says. “For a darker complexion, go for a lighter shade.”

Check the materials: “Water-resistant nylons and treated cottons will not only withstand rain, but they'll also last longer,” Berlin says.

Look for quality: “A working buckle tab at the wrist and a lining are both signs that a jacket is well-made,” Berlin says. A removable lining is a bonus detail that's great for transitioning from season to season.

Source: People Style Watch

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 8:55 p.m.
 

Make a rainy day a little brighter.

“Rainwear should always be fun, and, preferably, colorful, to act as a great counterbalance to the mood you might be in on a dreary, rainy day,” says Michiel Roesdi, outerwear design director for Lands' End. “Emerging of rich colors such as teals inspired by the ocean and vibrant fuchsia are on trend.”

Prints are popular, and the use of contrast trims such as colorful zippers, draw cords and hardware is trending, too, he says.

Every woman needs a basic, packable rain jacket for protection against light rain, Roesdi says. Having a water-resistant finish makes raindrops bead up and roll off. She should have a second, more stylish raincoat with sealed seams that's definitely waterproof for heavier downpours.

Don't choose rainwear only for its hue, experts say. Make sure it's functional — which means buying one that does the job to keep you dry, says Dan Simon, L.L. Bean outerwear merchant manager. After you have done that, you can decide on a bright color, such as vibrant yellow.

“That color is great for your visibility and is like a ray of sunshine on even the dreariest day,” Simon says. “Rainwear in brights such as yellows, blues and reds are big for 2014. There are also many choices that offer slim, flattering feminine fit.”

Rainy days can really bring down one's mood, says Nicole Chapoteau, accessories director for Allure magazine.

“Wearing a colorful piece of rain gear makes you feel like a kid again … hopping in puddles without a care in the world,” she says.

New this spring is the non-Wellie-Wellie — it's footwear done in traditional Wellie materials designed to look like classic shoes and boots, so they are functional without sacrificing style, Chapoteau says.

Bright, colorful raincoats and rain boots are a great way to add a pop of color when you're dressed for dreary weather, says Jackie Nasser, ruelala.com's fashion director. “Take a risk and break away from the black and neutral colors. It's definitely a way to brighten your spirit on a rainy day.

“Spring is all about the return of the trench coat — classic, yet always on trend,” she says. “Pastels are also huge this season for women, so consider a pastel-colored trench to hit the mark on two trends this spring. Unique rain boots are in style, too. I have even seen some with heels.”

If you can buy only one piece this spring, choose a trench coat, because it's classic, Nasser says. Feel free to splurge on a beautifully made piece, because you will wear it forever. If you want to try one in a more daring color, there are tons of wallet-friendly options to explore and test out the trend, she says.

Chapoteau agrees the trench coat is a must-have.

“Instead of opting for the obvious red or yellow rain boots, which can sometimes look childish, go for a colorful trench coat,” Chapoteau says. “Bright red or a leopard print will add a touch of fun on a gloomy day in a more sophisticated way.”

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at jharrop@tribweb.com or 412-320-7889.

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