As the weather warms, opt for lighter spring raincoats, rain boots and other fun gear.

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April showers bring — spring fashion.

It’s warming up, but the rain will continue for, oh, another three months or so. So trade out your tall rain boots and heavy coats for something a little lighter. Here are some picks for fashionable spring rain protection.

ANKLE BOOTS

Rain boots are starting to look more like the boot styles you know and love.

The Bernardo Footwear Peony Short Waterproof Rain Boot ($155 at Nordstrom) is as sleek and chic as a leather bootie, but is made of rubber.

Or go for a bit of color with Seattle company Chooka’s Combat Floral Rain Boots ($75 at shop.chookaboot.com), with a lace-up combat-boot style that harkens back to the grunge era.

FASHIONABLE RAINCOATS

Seattle company Freeman’s Lady Freeman ($325 at Freeman, Capitol Hill, and freemanseattle.com), in brushed, breathable nylon, can be worn almost year-round. Rail against Seattle-black with the jacket’s fun red, yellow and light blue hues. The made-in-Seattle classic has an adjustable waistline and soft cotton lining to create a timeless, comfortable piece.

Bernardo Footwear Peony Short Rain Boot, $155
Bernardo Footwear Peony Short Rain Boot, $155

A clear raincoat is a fashion-forward option, as it’s both edgy and shows off whatever you’re wearing underneath. The Zara Transparent Raincoat ($70) is from the company’s brand-new Gymwear line, and has a great length and cool black contrasting piping.

Score a deal on the locally designed Prairie Underground Jumpmaster raincoat (on sale for $199 at Show Pony, Fremont), with an on-trend clean, oversized fit and soft flannel lining. Two sets of exterior pockets add to its practicality.

Or carry an upgrade on the emergency poncho with Uniqlo’s Light Pocketable Long Parka ($50 at Uniqlo, Bellevue), which packs into a small carrying pouch and is made of durable ripstop fabric. It comes in four colors and is roomy enough to fit over a sweater.

RAINCOAT ALTERNATIVES

Seattleites pride themselves on never carrying umbrellas, but what if you want to wear something other than a nylon, hooded jacket every once in a while?

Chooka Combat Floral Rain Boots, $75; Marmot PreCip Petal Hat, $29; Totes Clear Bubble Umbrella, $17
Chooka Combat Floral Rain Boots, $75; Marmot PreCip Petal Hat, $29; Totes Clear Bubble Umbrella, $17

For those times, grab the Totes Clear Bubble Umbrella ($17 at Target), which won’t draw a lot of attention, except for being fun and cute (and not distracting from your outfit).

If you take a chance and wear a non-hooded coat, consider stashing the Marmot PreCip Petal Hat (on sale for $29 at rei.com) in your tote for sudden showers. It will save your hair and makeup with its nylon fabric and wide brim.

ShopNW contributed to this story.