Looking good in a heavy downpour is difficult. You want to stay dry, whilst looking fashionable. Don’t let your bulky raincoat ruin your outfit. See what items are our favourite pieces that will keep you protected from the murky weather and looking good to boot.
Getting a decent technical jacket is the first must when the rain hits. Technical jackets are made to battle the elements whilst still feeling fashionable and lightweight. So whichever brand it is, you can never go wrong with a tech jacket.
This 1990 Mountain Jacket from The North Face is our best pick. In Tumbleweed Green and constructed in water repellent Gore-Tex, this jacket will keep you looking the part all day. A large peaked hood that can be adjusted to keep the rain and the cold out, a must-have for any rain coat.
We love trainers more than anyone, but when it comes to keeping your feet dry they just won’t cut it. Wellies technically would, but unless you’re in a muddy field you’ll look rather silly. The answer, therefore, is a pair of tough boots. Invest in some brown or black boots for the rainy days and they’ll go with the majority of your outfits, from work to casualwear. Plus they’ll last a lifetime too.
Mainline Menswear recommend a pair of tough Timberland boots. Featuring premium black leather uppers and seam-sealed waterproof construction. These sturdy numbers will keep feet dry whatever size downpour.
Okay, we can’t always predict the weather, and we understand it is not practical (or fashionable) to wear a big technical coat all the time, just on the off-chance it rains. If you want your mac to be a last resort, then a designer pac-a-mac is a perfect backpack or briefcase essential.
We love the pac-a-macs by K-Way. Water-resistant, breathable and a windbreak that folds neatly into a kangaroo chest pocket. This is perfect for those unexpected showers when you’d rather not wear a coat unless absolutely necessary.
THE OFFICE RAIN DODGER
When it comes to office wear, you can’t exactly wear a technical jacket over a suit. I mean, you “technically” can, but you would look ridiculous – so don’t. You also can’t run for the bus holding your briefcase over your head. An alternative is to keep on wearing your fancy, woollen coats and just bring an umbrella. But you can also be waterproof and still feel smart.
The answer is a mac or trench coat. This coat from Hugo Boss is the easy choice for smarter outfits. Unlike wool which can soak up rain and feel heavy, this lightweight classic jacket is water repellent and wind resistant. Padded with Primaloft insulation to provide warmth, softness and lightweight comfort, this will keep you warm and dry, in those office commutes. Team up with a pair of classic Chelsea boots or Brogues to keep your feet toasty and dry too.
Written by: Jess Sanderson