Winter is officially coming to a close. As the days grow longer (slowly but surely), and the weather starts to heat up, it’s officially that time of year to invest in a new raincoat—and while you’re at it, some rain boots—to get prepared for spring showers ahead.

Sure, rainy days can make for a perfect cozy day in on weekends when the only things on your agenda are optional, like a trip to the museum, or breakfast with friends. Unfortunately, more often than not, rainy days arrive on weekdays when you have to face the elements, whether on your commute to and from work, or on your way to a meeting.

While many opt for umbrellas, they do have their pitfalls. For one, they’re easy to forget—their small size means they’ll likely accidentally get left behind, leaving you without one just when you’re most in need. Plus, on windy, rainy days, umbrellas love to turn inside out, both getting you wet and leaving fellow passersby staring at your poor luck. Raincoats, on the other hand, will never let you down, no matter how windy it is outside—and now, many designers are creating raincoats that are as unforgettable as their non-water repellant cousins.

Have a great outfit on? Some of the best women's raincoats are transparent, so you can still show off your look. 

A colorful raincoat is the perfect way to brighten up your outfit (and the lackluster day in general).

Proenza Schouler gets the award for the best raincoats—they’re cool, elegant and will keep you dry all at the same time. 

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