The ultimate gear to rain
More rain is forecast for the coming weeks. Here’s how to style out the weather with flair, whether you’re in the city or the country
Never mind the winter chill, it’s the downpours that are making getting dressed tricky right now. No-one wants to smell like a wet dog when they walk in the door, or to sit on the train for an hour feeling damp and frazzled. But while stylish warm layers are in abundance on the high street, the same cannot be said for rainwear. When was the last time you saw a Mackintosh that made your heart flutter? With more rain forecast for the coming weeks, whether you’re in the city or the country, here’s how to style out the rain with flair.
With the right coat, looking pulled together after that yomp through the field with the dog is within reach. Classic country brands such as Hunter and Barbour have upped their style game of late. The latter’s recent collaboration with Ganni is a case in point; the Burghley waxed jacket (£475, barbour.com) is a style-set favourite. Contemporary rainwear brands Rains and Stutterheim deliver on cool cagoules: look carefully and there are a handful of gems on the high street too.
A mid-thigh coat is a must for prolonged periods in the rain as they’ll stop thighs getting drenched. The Outrider raincoat from Lighthouse (£79.99, lighthouseclothing.co.uk) hits just above the knee and has zipped pockets to store dog walking essentials.
For men, a classic parka style coat has outdoorsy appeal and boasts practical features such as a long length and a hood. Go for a looser cut as it will be easier to layer over bulky knits and winter layers. Try Didrikson’s Roland Parka (£270, didriksons.com), which is water- and wind-proof for truly blustery adventures.
Clockwise left to right: Wax coat, £475, Barbour x Ganni; ¾ length jacket, £79.99, Lighthouse; Rains Boonie hat, £29, Whistles; Rubber boots, £120, Tretorn
Clockwise left to right: Parka, £270, Didriksons; Utility jacket, £200, The North Face; Cotton duck hat, £75, Tilley; Insulated lace up boots, £160, Hunter
Breathable and lightweight layers in waterproof fabrics will keep you both cool and dry, especially if you wear suits and jackets to work. Look for pieces listed as ‘waterproof’ and you’ll steer clear of drowned rat territory. Light, foldable styles can be packed into bags, and are perfect for when you’re on stuffy public transport. Rainkiss’ packable ponchos layer over every outfit and come in smart black and tonal floral prints.
For men, Patagonia’s Slate Sky Jacket (£180, eu.patagonia.com) is compact enough to slip into a backpack, plus the minimal design pairs well with tailored trousers. If you’re stepping out to a work meeting or heading to a formal lunch, scruffy raincoats will kill tailoring.
Keep it smart in sleek waterproofs that add, rather than take away, from your look – a collared mac immediately adds a sense of polish. Moss 1851’s tailored raincoat (£279, barbour.com) has a neat shape which works over men’s trouser suits.
For women the holy grail of rainwear has to be a coat that you can wear over an evening look. Length is important here, especially if you wear trousers as you don’t want the bottom of hems to get wet. When it comes to shape and style for evening glamour in heinous weather, my advice is to think; ‘What would Audrey wear?’, but just more waterproof.
Clockwise left to right: Long raincoat, £280, Stutterheim; Jacket with collar, £145, Ilse Jacobsen; Hood, £49.99, L’Hood; Lug sole boots, £190, Arket
Clockwise left to right: GORE-TEX coat, £275, 66 North; Short hooded coat, £95, Rains; Waterproof all weather cap, £25, Sealskinz; Oiled nubuck leather boots, £160, Birkenstock