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This graphic, pop art check umbrella by Kate Spade New York is a sure way to brighten up a gray day; $78 at katespade.com.

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Fashion picks to brighten April showers

This season, designers and retailers are offering up smart, stylish, lively rainy day fashion that explodes with color and pattern. Michelle Smith, the designer and founder of Milly, is among those who have put a fun spin on rainwear. "I wanted to add some humor and wit to the classic rain trench this season, so I made it transparent," says Smith. "Rainy days are universally rather depressing, so my hope is that this coat will make you a little more excited to get out of bed and get dressed in the morning."
Rain, rain, go away? Not so much this season.

Not your father's galoshes, these
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Not your father's galoshes, these "over-boots," by PYSIS, slip over most shoes or boots and protect your shoes from the elements. $165 at pysis.com.

This adorable polka dot anorak by Merona will
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This adorable polka dot anorak by Merona will be a bright spot on a rainy day; $39.99 at select Target stores or target.com.

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This graphic, pop art check umbrella by Kate
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This graphic, pop art check umbrella by Kate Spade New York is a sure way to brighten up a gray day; $78 at katespade.com.

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An unexpected pop of turquoise will have you
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An unexpected pop of turquoise will have you wanting to wear this Via Spiga double-breasted patent trench rain or shine; $149 at amazon.com/fashion.

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Taxi cab yellow rain boots by Bongo are
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Taxi cab yellow rain boots by Bongo are serious traffic stoppers; $19.99 at Kmart stores and Kmart.com

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Bring on the shine, even when the sun's
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Bring on the shine, even when the sun's not out, with this shaped slicker by Jane Post; $325 at Saks Fifth Avenue and saks.com.

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You'll be proud as a peacock to wear
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You'll be proud as a peacock to wear these fun rain boots -- a collaboration by Havaianas and Brit designer Matthew Williamson, $125 at us.havaianas.com

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The weather may be rainy but handle it
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The weather may be rainy but handle it with a sense of humor in this transparent trench from Milly, $528 at millyny.com.

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Cute
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Cute "bumbershoot" (that's what they call an umbrella at Mackenzie-Childs). It's $88 at mackenzie-childs.com

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A hipster take on a classic raincoat, this
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A hipster take on a classic raincoat, this double-breasted DKNY rain cape comes in black or khaki; $208 at Bloomingdale's and bloomingdales.com

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Slither into spring showers with these snakeskin printed
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Slither into spring showers with these snakeskin printed rain boots by Hunter; $195 at Bloomingdale's and bloomingdales.com.

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Don't be caught in a downpour without one
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Don't be caught in a downpour without one of these reversible rain ponchos, conveniently packed in a travel pouch that fits into your handbag, glove compartment or suit case in 10 vivid color combos; $60 at rainraps.com

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These easy slip-on short booties boast a graphic
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These easy slip-on short booties boast a graphic animal print; $150 at Bloomingdale's and bloomingdales.com.

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Aptly named the
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Aptly named the "Spritz" jacket, this pretty print will protect you from April showers; $98 at Athleta stores and athleta.com.

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Hate the idea of rain boots? Consider these
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Hate the idea of rain boots? Consider these chic, water-resistant loafers from Swims in cheerful coral -- they won't get wrecked in the puddles and offer unexpected fashion flair for a rainy day; $149 at islandtrends.com.

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Cute
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Cute "bumbershoot" (that's what they call an umbrella at Mackenzie-Childs). It's $88 at mackenzie-childs.com

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Boden's
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Boden's "rainy day mac" chases the gloom out of a rainy day with its graphic, mod print in chartreuse and white; $178 at bodenusa.com.

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Super waterproof and super fashionable - that's the
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Super waterproof and super fashionable - that's the calling card of Terra New York, where all styles are named after New York City streets or neighborhoods and the gear has been worn by fashionable types like Jessica Chastain and Naomi Watts. Here, the Leonard rain hat ($92) in frosted white; at terranewyork.com.

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Terra New York's Tribeca trench, $320, in chocolate
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Terra New York's Tribeca trench, $320, in chocolate brown. The coat comes in a pouch that is touch screen friendly, so if needed, you can work your smart phone or iPad underneath without getting wet; at terranewyork.com.

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