Garden boots, or what the British and the fashion crowd call wellies (named after Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington), have been around since the 19th century, but it took a couple of hundred years for their stylish update and hard-to-miss comeback.

The current craze may have started on the catwalk courtesy of designers Emilio Pucci, Burberry and Marc Jacobs, but the garden set has been in on the gig for decades. Thanks to these luxury brands, though, the boots are now as fashionable as they are functional.

Garden boots are the perfect accessory when planting flowers, washing the car or managing the mud because of their waterproof material and easy cleanup. And they’re comfortable, too cozy cotton lining and soft rubber soles help keep feet warm and cushioned during unpleasant conditions including bad weather and the ever-unpleasant squat when pruning the roses or washing Fido.

Spring’s hottest new looks – from J. Crew’s preppy patterns to Smith & Hawken’s critter prints – are sure to bring some style to your garden, and when you’re finished, tuck them into jeans and throw on a trench for a very in-vogue look.

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