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Ask Anne: A Polished Approach to April Showers?
Anne Keane, who has spent the better part of her life—and most of her career—honing an effortless, how-does-she-do-it personal style, is our fashion strategy director. You can send her questions about everything from how to mix prints to upping your earring game at [email protected].
Dear Anne, I feel like rain gear always makes me look like a giant kid. Is there a world where I still look like a grown-up while wearing a slicker—or anything waterproof for that matter? —Hope S.
Dear Hope, I actually love rain gear! I see wet weather as an opportunity to have fun with rubber-ducky-inspired pieces, whether it’s a shiny hobo bag, grippy shoes, or a full-on poncho (alongside an elevated trench, legs-for-days skinnies, etc.). If you find yourself in a real messy, muddy situation—à la walking to the barn in the English countryside—go for the trusted jeans-tucked-into-classic-tall-boots approach. Other than that, every possible iteration of inclement weather can be solved with a great piece of outerwear—and a little creativity.
A double-breasted trench works as well in a downpour as it does when it’s just vaguely misty. Then match a glossy bucket bag to buckets of rain, Glastonbury-grade Wellies to puddles the size of Great Britain—you get the idea.
Elizabeth and James
Dakotah Frayed Woven
Trench Coat NET-A-PORTER, $795
Original Tall Matte Boots goop, $150
Oxford Shirt goop, $375
Ali High-Rise Skinny goop, $209
Olio E Osso
NO. 0 – NETTO BALM goop, $28
Small Hobo Bag Popper goop, $1,258
31mm Datejust goop, $5,400
The slickness of patent leather booties plus the practicality of waxed gabardine keeps base layers dry, so you can get creative with a pop of daffodil and wader-like denim knowing that none of it will get soaked.
Drew Raincoat goop, $795
Carter Boot Loeffler Randall, $395
Tie Blouse goop, $389
Wendell Cropped Wide-Leg goop, $340
EAU DE PARFUM: EDITION 03 –
INCENSE TRAVEL SPRAY goop, $55
Foldover Shoulder Bag goop, $480
Signet Ring goop, $1,438
This fire-engine-red cinched-waist parka has all the rain protection of a classic slicker and none of the Paddington vibes. Color-blocking with a blush-pink shirtdress and crisp kicks (there’s a thin line between wet and wet and muddy, so keep the rubber boots on standby) is next-level cool.
Vinyl Smock Hunter Boots, $195
The Alta Sneaker goop, $199
Moschettone Silk Dress goop, $2,475
Safari Handbag goop, $895
Master Mixer goop, $38
Ciela Bangle With
Center Diamond goop, $179
Diamond Axis Studs goop, $575