In full bloom

Everybody needs a pick-me-up now and then. I got one when I was shopping recently. What I found were pretty, modern variations on the classic trench coat, just in time for April showers.

But raincoats are not just for rainy days anymore. In great colors and eye-catching patterns, many boast prices you're going to have trouble resisting. If you're looking for one new thing to enliven your wardrobe this spring, here's your answer.

In fact, I found a standout trench for every day of the week and, get this: Four of the seven cost less than $40.

Beware, you'll need to check the labels: Some of the most irresistible raincoats of the season aren't waterproof. For that, you'll still need an umbrella.

On this page you'll find our favorites.