Fashion: Singing? Hardly

Rain spurred the ancient Greeks to sacrifice and prayer, the Indians to dance. Even today, poets find eternity in a single drop. Only women regard the heavens with a cold eye and sight catastrophe in the smallest cloud. No blessing to them, rain is a personal assault on hair and clothes, feet and face, makeup and morale, for which there is no adequate protection. Noah, at least, had an ark.

There are raincoats, of course, and the latter-day versions are a splendiferous lot. Ranging in fabric from poplin to pique to patent leather, and in price from less than $5...

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