Deluge refuge

March marks the magical month when we gain that prized extra hour of daylight (March 10) and the sun passes the equator during its trek north, bringing us – the theory at least – the beginning of spring (March 20). It’s also when New Yorkers and New Englanders swap shivering snow bunnies for chocolate Easter bunnies and commence their annual defrost.

But on the heels of often snowy February, March also brings precip of the liquid kind, requiring rainwear that stands up to hardcore storms in form and function. Since dodging pesky pellets isn’t everyone’s cup of tea – and, let’s face it, the makeshift newspaper-over-the-head routine is only charming until you resemble a wet dog – it’s wise to invest in solid rain-gear.

But not just any slicker from the city will do. After all, it’s got to look good, too. And just because you don’t want to ruin your Jimmy Choos doesn’t mean you need to step out in ratty shoes. Check this delightful and durable collection by high-end designers that can weather the elements in style and get you puddle-jumping in no time. Whether you’re practical or whimsical, high fashion or just high on staying dry, WAG has you sheltered from the storm.

Forget stopping traffic, you might just stop the rain.

1. Humphrey Bogart’s got nothing on this beauty, a sensational twist on a classic trench. Burberry’s Bright Metallic Trench Coat, water-resistant and lightweight with a feminine feel and fine details, would get any glamour girl geared up for a fashionable forecast.

2. Say sayonara to getting soaked with a sassy smooch. The generous coverage of Felix Rey’s Kissy Face Umbrella protects everything from hair and mascara to apparel and accessories, plus it offers an unobstructed view out – and in.

3. Stutterheim produces “the last raincoat you will ever need.” Hand-sewn in Sweden, this men’s Arholma design uses craftsmanship tested by generations of Swedish fisherman to be 100 percent wind- and waterproof. The company’s latest color, British racing green, pays homage to the family Jaguar.

4. To stride through a storm with all the elegance of a fine dress shoe and durability of a waterproof boot, try Ferragamo’s Wing-tip Chelsea weather boot from one of the foremost shoemakers in the world.

5. For days where your wellies are a bit too predictable, step out in Loeffler Randall’s Rain Slip-On Mini Lynx printed boots. Glossy and feisty, they feature a slight wedge and lining in jersey cotton for extra comfort.

6. Durable enough in a downpour, adorable enough for a day at the races, Eric Javits’ wide-brimmed Driptidoo patent rain hat makes a statement on stormy days. The nylon mesh interlining maintains the shape while the elasticized inner band keeps your headgear, and the water-repellent canvas underside, from blowing away. Also in barn red.

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