Today’s Woman - Bright and breezy essentials

Undated Handout Photo of Lulu Guinness Bloomsbury diagonal stripe umbrella, �40 (www.fultonumbrellas.com). See PA Feature FASHION April Showers. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FASHION April Showers.
Undated Handout Photo of Lulu Guinness Bloomsbury diagonal stripe umbrella, �40 (www.fultonumbrellas.com). See PA Feature FASHION April Showers. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FASHION April Showers.
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No need to shy away from April showers and stormy weather with these bright and breezy essentials...

Spring sunshine is (hopefully) on its way but so are unpredictable April showers.

Undated Handout Photo of Ruby & Ed Indra hooded raincoat, �110 (01664 452906/www.rubyanded.co.uk). See PA Feature FASHION April Showers. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FASHION April Showers.

Undated Handout Photo of Ruby & Ed Indra hooded raincoat, �110 (01664 452906/www.rubyanded.co.uk). See PA Feature FASHION April Showers. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FASHION April Showers.

Whether it’s drizzle or downpours, prepare yourself for the elements with some rainwear essentials.

They’re wise buys, too – a weather-savvy wardrobe is ideal for festivals and other al fresco events over the summer where you may be caught out.

Macs are now the height of fashion, too, since British heritage brand Burberry turned up the heat and transformed its famed traditional belted double-breaster into various glamorous guises. The latest, which debuted on the catwalk at London Fashion Week last autumn and has just gone into stores, sees the trad mac reworked in sexy, slinky silk satins in a veritable rainbow of colour.

If your budget won’t stretch to that, there’s a myriad of different ways to make your weather-proof gear eye-catching enough to brighten up grey days. Stand by your brollies...

Undated Handout Photo of Marisota red trench frill coat, �75 (www.marisota.co.uk). See PA Feature FASHION April Showers. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FASHION April Showers.

Undated Handout Photo of Marisota red trench frill coat, �75 (www.marisota.co.uk). See PA Feature FASHION April Showers. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FASHION April Showers.

PUDDLE PROOF

Wet pavements need be no obstacle course now that wellies are making a fashion splash. Kate Moss looking sexy in knee-high green Hunters at muddy festivals started it. Then when the recession sent us all glamping instead of heading off to the Costas, a pair of wellies that looked pretty became an essential campsite must-have.

Stand tall in the rain showers with the latest offering from Hunter, the Gabby. These are definitely festival-glam – waterproof, puddle-proof wellington boots with high heels. They come in springtime neutral cream for £125 at Javari (Javari).

The latest trend is the WedgeWelly – think wellie with a trendy wedge sole. Opt for WedgeWelly’s Opulence Unique boots, £45, which sport a high-fashion quilted look.

Tisbury yellow jacket, �89.95; Harbour jersey top, �24.95; Hana shorts, �39.95; Seafarer welly, �64.95; Bauble beads, �19.95; all Joules (www.joules.com).

Tisbury yellow jacket, �89.95; Harbour jersey top, �24.95; Hana shorts, �39.95; Seafarer welly, �64.95; Bauble beads, �19.95; all Joules (www.joules.com).

Alternatively, step out daintily in the most feminine and fashionable wellies to be found – Mel’s transparent lace jelly mules, £28.50 at Amazon.

RETURN OF THE MAC

Combat a dull sky with a waterproof wonder, a practical coat in a mood-enhancing bright colour. Marisota’s red trench coat (Marisota) is £75 and sure to be uplifting on grey days. The frilled lapels add a touch of flirty femininity.

Rain spots will pale into insignificance when you’re sporting Damart’s polka dot print trench. It’s lightweight enough for stormy high-summer days too. It’s £45 at Damart

spot raincoat, �45; spot wellies, �38; both Cath Kidston (www.cathkidston.co.uk).

spot raincoat, �45; spot wellies, �38; both Cath Kidston (www.cathkidston.co.uk).

There’s no need to carry umbrellas or hats if your coat does all the hard work for you. Ruby & Ed’s Indra raincoat has a roomy hood for changeable forecasts. It’s £110 at Ruby and Ed

BROLLY GOOD

Leave boring black to the business types and put up a cheery show in the showers with a statement umbrella.

You can work stripes, spring’s biggest trend, via your brolly with Lulu Guinness’s bold monochrome Bloomsbury Stripe umbrella, £40 at Fulton.

Alternatively, put your head in the clouds, quite literally, with Paperchase’s dreamy sky-print umbrella.

It will have you walking on cloud nine through the rain. It’s £12 at the Paperchase store in Meadowhall.

Sorel Medina rain heel boots, �185 (www.sorelfootwear.co.uk).

Sorel Medina rain heel boots, �185 (www.sorelfootwear.co.uk).

HAIR HELMET

In-between weather demands a hat to keep your hair from getting wet and frizzy. But often, the hat can give you a bad hair day all by itself.

Save your tresses and look fashion-forward in Topshop’s neon trim, wide-brimmed fedora hat, £25.