When it comes to ensuring that your belongings don’t get soaked in a sudden downpour, your pickings are slim. Go ahead, Google “waterproof handbags.” I’ll wait! See what I mean? Nothing but a bunch of camping equipment, which means that you should always carry an umbrella if possible. That doesn’t mean, though, that all regular handbags are created equal when it comes to inclement weather. Far from it, in fact!

We’ve got three suggestions for three different personal styles, but this is the important stuff to remember when you’re getting dressed on a rainy day: Make sure it closes all the way, make sure it’s big enough to hold an umbrella and make sure you won’t weep if it gets ruined. Those are the rules, ladies. I don’t make them, I just share them.

The most popular choice for a rainy day, of course, is a nylon zip tote. They’re compact, they’re inexpensive, a little water won’t ruin them – they’re perfect! The Diane von Furstenberg Vintage Print Nylon Tote gets extra points for having a beautiful pattern, which helps hide the kind of wear-and-tear that nylon tote bags often endure. Buy through ShopBop for $98.

Ok, so let’s say that you don’t want to do nylon at all, but you also don’t want to run the risk of ruining a leather bag, which seems like a common predicament. If you have a job interview or a meeting with clients, you still want to look as professional as possible in bad weather. That’s where something like the Deux Lux Black Woven Crossbody comes in. It’s completely faux, but the classic details and the woven texture ensure that it doesn’t look fake to the casual observer. Don’t drop it in a puddle or anything, but for a little exposure to regular rain or snow, you should be fine. Buy through Bluefly for $90.

On the other hand, let’s say you want to go in the entirely oppposite direction and would like to wear something fun and cheerful to lift your spirits in the dreary weather. If that’s the case, it’d be hard to do better than the LeSportsac JOYRICH Backpack in striking leopard nylon. Not only that, but the backpack shape frees up your hands and arms for making sure that any addition things you carry can stay safely under your umbrella. If you’re not so sure about the print, LeSportsac makes backpacks in lots of other patterns (as well as solids) for your carrying pleasure. Buy through ShopBop for $158.

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