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Battenwear light shell parka, $425, Armitage & McMillan

Must-Have Piece: The Sporty Raincoat

Make a stylish and practical purchase for spring by investing in a new raincoat.

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Spring may have sprung weeks ago, but the season’s showers have just begun. Gloomy weather is the perfect excuse to make a stylish, but practical purchase—new rainwear. Colorado weather is famous for changing from warm to cold in a matter of hours, so having a sturdy mid-season coat at the ready is a necessity. Read on for our top picks for her and him.

For Her: Although the big fashion trend this season is the updated trench coat—think oversize and slouchy, maxi-length, with a wide belt—a true rain jacket needs to have welded seams and waterproofed fabric to keep you dry. Go for rain gear with a sporty edge like the trim, rubberized cotton versions by France’s Pret Pour Partir (literally, “Ready To Leave” in French). We like this two-tone navy and army green jacket’s sleek silhouette, along with its drawstring bottom and zip details (even on the back!). Pret Pour Partir Mina Jacket, $550, Perch, 2606 E. Third Ave., 720-381-0290, perchvail.com

For Him: New York-based brand Battenwear is known for its mix of vintage sport inspiration and stylish modern design. This lightweight parka is our pick because it’s good-looking enough to wear in any urban environment, yet details like the water-repellent fabric, multiple pockets, and two-way front zipper were meticulously thought-out by designer Shinya Hasegawa. It’s unlined, which makes it easy to pack when traveling, but make sure to size it with enough room to wear a sweater underneath on cooler days. Battenwear light shell parka, $425, Armitage & McMillan, 1550 Platte St., 303-284-6222, armitageandmcmillan.com

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