It’s raining, it’s pouring, but that doesn’t mean your style credentials should be boring.
With heavy rain, gusty winds, hail, thunder and lightning on the cards for pretty much the entire country this week, knowing what to wear is likely to prove tricky. Luckily, this is where a rain jacket comes in. While technical wear has earned itself a bad reputation for being frumpy, dull and reserved for outdoorsy types, it is the best way to stay dry on damp and dreary days.
The good news is that raincoats have come a long way since the oversized and brashly coloured mac you wore as a child.
In fact, outerwear is having a real moment in the fashion world with everything from traditional trench coats and sporty shell jackets to Scandi-style numbers up for grabs.
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Some leopard print here, a little plaid there, and all of a sudden raincoats are starting to look pretty cool. Even better, since transparent raincoats are becoming the norm, the days of hiding your meticulously planned-out look under a sheet of waxy plastic are in the past.
So, other than avoiding suede boots and anything made of silk when the weather turns stormy, with the 14 raincoats ahead, you'll never have to worry about the rain again. Just don't forget to pick up a pair of stylish boots too.
SHOP STYLISH RAIN Coats
Functional, but equally flattering.
Belt Jacket, €95, Rains
Leopard print makes everything stylish.
Raincoat Parka, now €30, Dorothy Perkins available on Zalando
This season's hottest trend PLUS it keeps you dry? We call that a win-win.
Black faux patent raincoat, €49.99, Pull and Bear
One your mother would approve of.
Waterproof Check Mac, Now €86.41, Rains at ASOS
We really couldn't compile a list of stylish raincoats and not include a trench.
Water-repellant buttoned trench coat, €79.95, Zara
We'd wear this even if it wasn't raining.
Water-repellant quilted coat, €79.99, Mango
Ice cream aesthetic is the only aesthetic.
Raincoat Parka, €118, Ilse Jacobsen available on Zalando
Liam Gallager but make it fashion.
Hooded Parka Jacket by Topshop Boutique, €159, Topshop
Rain, rain – please stay.
Reversible Lacquered Textured-Leather and Faux Shearling Coat, €2,400, Kassl Editions