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Forget Flowers: April Showers Bring Affordable Designer Finds

Forget Flowers: April Showers Bring Affordable Designer Finds
Tanya Sharma

Prepare to make a splash this spring! As April welcomes itself with its usual array of delightful temperatures and the occasional spring storm, it’s time to up your rain game with some seriously stylish accoutrements. See yourself through rainy season with a little help from these affordable, chic finds.

1. A Sleek Spring Coat from Nordstrom

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You’ll cut a sleek figure in the ever-classic DKNY Pure Darcy Double-Breasted Trench Coat, which bears an old-school look straight out of a glamorous 1940s movie. It veers slightly from tradition thanks to its pale smoke-toned hue and tortoise buttons, which bring just the right level of neutral contrast to the look. It’s available for $297.50 at Bloomingdale’s, but you can score it for a more reasonable $178 at Nordstrom.

2. Discount Valentino? Yes, Please!


The words “discount” and “Valentino” are rarely used in the same sentence. So imagine the delight that accompanies stumbling upon the miracle of these Valentino Rockstud Rubber Rainboots. From its water-repellent upper to its edgy stud embellishments that let the rain know who’s boss, it’s the ultimate wet-weather shoe - and it’s yours for $425 at Jildor (a slight improvement over the $445 going rate at Neiman Marcus).

3. Get Even at Saks


The best way to combat the gloom and doom of a rainy day is with some gloom and doom of your own - an eye for an eye, at least according to the world of Alexander McQueen. The label’s devastatingly glamorous Wooden Skull Umbrella is the picture of austerity, right down to the creepy cranium on the handle. Lane Crawford carries it for $710, but you can nab one for $695 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

4. Maybe Don't Forget the Flowers

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Flowers tend to connote feelings of joy, elegance and beauty, so it makes perfect sense that they would be an antidote to a dreary day. This Lauren Ralph Lauren Floral Print Trench Coat captures that vibe with its eye-catching pattern of blossoms cascading down an inky backdrop. It’s available for the retail price of $200 at Ralph Lauren, but grab it while it’s on sale for $119.26 at Nordstrom instead.

5. The Cutest Rain Boots at Zapppos


In the immortal words of Chandler Bing, could these be any cuter? Burberry gives new meaning to the old “it’s raining cats and dogs” thing with its literal interpretation, etched on a pair of the oh-so-adorable Colburn Rain Boots. These may genuinely be the last pair you ever buy - mainly because they’re such investment pieces, but also because they’re the perfect pick-me-up whether it’s drizzling or downright pouring. Find them for $510 at Avenue K or $395 at Zappos Couture.