Well isn’t it just miserable out there? Just when it becomes time to pack away those winter wardrobes and bring out the white jeans and printed shirts, the weather has other ideas. But even if keeping those more appropriate (dark) threads out for a few more weeks is easy enough, shielding yourself from the rain without breaking a sweat in that winter parka or leather jacket is a little more challenging.
While the April showers continue into May, the temperatures are still creeping up, so here we have compiled five of the best lightweight raincoats, so you can go about your usual business smugly dry – and keep cool while you’re at it.
This lightweight, papery cotton raincoat in the COS x Mr Porter capsule collection has a relaxed fit. The satin lining ensure it is easy to layer over a suit or shirt, and the mulberry colour makes it go with almost anything.
As masters of dressing for the rain, Burberry have created this gabardine cotton car coat, with sealed seams to make sure all that rain keeps out. The classic and simple single-breasted construction makes it less fussy than a trench and the contrasting colour under the collar give it that extra Burberry detail.
Whistles have collaborated with the iconic Swedish raincoat manufacturer Stutterheim. 100% waterproof, the bold orange stripe set on the navy rubberised cotton mixes functionality with Whistles’s fashion might.
Only for the brave, this bright yellow long coat from Danish brand Rains is completely waterproof with air holes to provide a little ventilation in the muggy summer showers. You also make up for the lack of sun.
Handmade in Manchester, this super-light, olive green Private White V.C. coat is made from a fabric in production since World War Two that boasts, “when water hits the material, the cotton fibres stiffen, completely repelling all traces.”
Quite how it does that we don’t know. But it does, and it looks great.
£575, Private White, V.C.
Mikael Jack – Fashion Features Editor