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They'll be shining in the rain this spring

After the winter dry spell comes the rains. And when the sun isn't shining this spring, fashionable raincoats will be. Shimmery slickers look wet even when they're dry, but the shiny coating on the fabric protects the wearer from the elements.

There is a major trend toward silver this season, so there are trench coats and balmacaans in silver, but that's not the only choice. There are also matte gold finishes and coats that gleam like patent leather.

A mid-thigh-length trench coat by Perry Ellis in matte gold or silver is $195 at Henri Bendel, and a short trench by Drizzle in shiny silver or gleaming black is $450 at Bergdorf Goodman. Bendel's also has two long balmacaans by Perry Ellis, one in matte silver ($225) and one in shiny red, black, white, yellow or purple ($195).

Donna Karan's loose, swingy knee-length coat in silver or white ($995 at Bergdorf's) has a coating that glows when light strikes it head on. For nighttime walks in traffic, perhaps?

Watch for the affordable copies.

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