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 20 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
Don't waste a good outfit because of the rain...
Thread It Waterproof Jacket, €135, Vans
Red and pink is this year's hottest chicest combination.
Bertille Waterproof Jacket Red Sky Houndstooth, €60, Regatta Great Outdoors
This season's hottest trend PLUS it keeps you dry? We call that a win-win.
Faux Leather Jacket with Hood, €49.95, Zara
We really couldn't compile a list of stylish raincoats and not include a trench.
Long flowing trench, €49.99, Stradivarius
I'd wear this even when it wasn't raining...
Felicia Hooded Rain Trenchcoat, €279, Tommy Hilfiger
We'd wear this even if it wasn't raining.
Water repellent jacket, €59.95. Zara
Ice cream aesthetic is the only aesthetic.
Storm whatever this is, do your worst.
Waterproof Jacket, €29.99, Pull & Bear
Be the sun, when there is no sun.
Short Raincoat, €45, Dorothy Perkins
I struggle to think of a single outfit this wouldn't go with...
Black Vinyl Biker Jacket, €110, Topshop
The coolest raincoat I ever did see.
Monki hooded cape anorak in beige, €103.69, ASOS
Liam Gallager but make it fashion.
Hunter women's original raincoat, €186.64, ASOS
Rain, rain – please stay.
Blue Faux Croc Vinyl Trench Coat, €110, Topshop
For those who don't wish to blend in with tan anoraks...
Hooded Raincoat, €35.99, Bershka
Rain, rain – please stay!
Waterproof Mosebacke Stripe Waterproof Jacket, €280, Stutterheim
Stay warm, toastie and dry in this maxi borg number.
Maxi borg lined rainwear coat in sage, €82.95, ASOS
A leather jacket that doubles as a faux fur teddy coat? We're in.
Reversible bomber jacket, €59.95, Zara
A stylish raincoat does not exis–
Hooded cotton parka, €79.99, Mango
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