The waterproof onesie might be the go-to rainy day cover up for the under 5s, but if you are a fully grown gent you need something with a little more style clout to keep you dry and dandy. Leave aside the clumsy wellies and garish PVC rainwear, and instead invest in a few key wardrobe rain-beaters that will have you ‘singin’ in the rain, with a smile on your face’ in no time.
There are four key players in the coat department and they are the trench, the mac, the lightweight hooded jacket and the hardy field jacket. Each will protect your every day wear underneath, be it on or off duty and with contemporary takes of each, your rain coat needn’t let down your style rating.
The trench coat
Silver screen legend Humphrey Bogart certainly knew how to rock a good trench coat, come rain or shine. The versatility of the trench is impeccable. Not only is it a timeless wet weather coat, but it is also an icon that will serve your wardrobe well, whatever the season. Camel or khaki shades offer a classic signature style while black or navy will give more of a contemporary fashion edge. When purchasing your trench, wear a suit, as this will help ensure the perfect snug fit. To style, simply pop your collar (it is designed to do this to keep you dry and warm) and belt up or let it hang – the choice is yours.
A classic mackintosh is a worthy wet weather investment as its minimal simplicity is ideal for wearing to and from the office. There are no lapels, no epaulets and no belt – just a smart and sharp streamlined piece of outerwear to complement your business suit. Look for water resistant or repellent materials (hard wearing cotton gabardine is a popular choice as well as Gore-Tex and SypmaTex) waxed finishes, bonded seams, full lining and buttoned cuffs for a refined finish.
The lightweight hooded jacket
As a more casual approach to fighting off the floods, a hooded jacket is ideal for everyday wear. There is no need for an umbrella. A hardy structured hood will keep your head dry and look stylish at the same time.From left: Acne Studios hooded quilted shell jacker, Burberry Brit Brettson shell field jacket, Folk hooded cotton blend shell jacket
The field jacket
For those weekends in the country or dog walks on Hampstead Heath, a durable field style jacket is ideal. Hard wearing traditional waxed cotton, utilitarian style pockets and a flattering slim fit give these jackets their stylish and versatile winning charm for rain sodden outdoor-adventures.
A good umbrella is a necessity and you get what you pay for. It is not only the rain you are at war with here, but gusts of wind also, so it is important to chose a sturdy style and one that is easy to open and close. GustBuster is a brand worth investing in, as they promise their umbrellas to be “unflippable, unflappable and unleakable”, having been wind-tunnel-tested up to 55 miles per hour. A golf umbrella may feel a little imposing as you jostle with the city crowds, but it is certainly the number one choice for offering an all body rain free environment. Burberry is the style seekers option.
Water resistant shoes
There aren’t many gents who will slip on a pair of wellies for the weekday commute, but your lovely leather Oxfords will also not weather the storm, so alternative footwear is required. For a simple approach, but not the most robust and waterproof, wear shoes with rubber soles. Leather will be slippy and ruin in no time. As an alternative to the traditional Wellington boot though, Hunter and Tretorn both have some pretty wearable rubber shoes and boots including Hunter’s Chelsea boots and Derby boots and Tretorn’s field boots. Waterproof chukka boots are also a good option.From top: Hunter: Bullseye Derby Boots:, Tretorn: GäRde Stövel Vinter Boot, Hunter Chelsea Boot.