Reese Witherspoon knows a thing or two about surviving the elements.
There was her starring role in 2014’s “Wild,” of course, chronicling one woman’s trek through the wilderness (which earned her an Oscar nomination). This year she’s toning down the mud and trail mix and amping up the style, and the paparazzi are loving it.
She was caught in the rain — and photographed — in two different coats in recent weeks on the streets of Los Angeles, and she showed off one of them on her own Instagram page, writing “Loving the rain in my new @draperjames coat . . . #RainyDays.” It was a blatant bit of self-promotion — Draper James is the actress’ Southern-inspired sportswear and lifestyle brand — but when you look this good in the rain, then why not?
But April will bring more than showers — there are surprisingly warm days ahead, and still chilly nights, so you need to be prepared for everything, and with a transitional coat that’s just as versatile. Check out these top picks for sweet toppers that’ll have you looking fashionable, whatever the forecast.
Floral with flair
Count on Polo Ralph Lauren to come up with a not-your-typical-floral floral-print coat. In lightweight cotton, its simple, straight fit and eye-catching pattern make it a winner; $598 at Polo Ralph Lauren stores, Manhattan; and ralphlauren.com.
Straight from Stutterheim in Stockholm (makers of renowned handmade raincoats) comes this unisex Opal Lantern coat in super-glossy red and white rubberized cotton, with double-welded seams, silver buttons and hemp strings; $488 at stutterheim.com.
The tonal trench
Calvin Klein 's double-breasted belted trench comes in black and buff, but amp up the classic in brighter tones like hibiscus, royal or kelly (pictured); $99.98 at select Macy 's stores and macys.com.
The power of pink
Nothing conveys the spirit of spring better than pale pink, and the sleek ' 60s styling (and hidden snaps) of NYDJ' s textured topper coat adds a hint of refinement; $268 at nydj.com.
Reese Witherspoon all but shouts springtime wearing this cotton-blend Audrey jacquard coat, with scalloped placket down the front, from her Draper James line; $325 at draperjames.com.
The interior drawstring nipping in the waist of this cotton army jacket from Velvet by Graham & Spencer turns what could be another blah beige coat into a real figure-flatterer; $148 at select Bloomingdale 's and bloomingdales.com.