How to Look Stylish in Raingear

With the weather likely to turn drizzly in April, you’ll want to protect yourself from getting soaked while out doing errands (and of course keep your cutest outfits safe from weather damage!) Raincoats are often perceived to be frumpy and unflattering outerwear more suited to the elementary school crowd. But with fun, colourful rain jackets coming back into style for spring, you no longer have to resemble your 10-year-old, puddle-hopping self on a rainy day.

Classic Trench

Trench coats are a must-have spring item, practical, subtly trendy, and versatile. A waterproof trench, whether you prefer hooded or not, will be a great addition to any wardrobe. Go for a classic double-breasted beige or tan coat if you prefer neutrals, or experiment with vivid shades in keeping with this season’s bright colours.

Belted

There is nothing quite like the delicate, feminine aspect of a knee-length or three-quarter length belted coat to help balance out proportions. Cinched-in waists, a ladylike design, and an overall dressy appearance make belted raincoats the perfect choice for wearing to work over formal attire.

Plaid

Inspired by the iconic and prized Burberry outerwear collection, a well-fitting plaid raincoat is just instantly cool. Accessorize your patterned coat with your favourite denim and a pair of gleaming black Wellington boots for an outfit which screams spring weather-chic.

Details, Please!

Finishing touches are what complete every perfect look, after all. Thick black piping, bold military or sailor-style buttons, and wide collars make this year’s selection of rain gear stand out from the matronly pieces of years gone by.

Quirky and Fun

After all, fashion is about experimentation, intrigue, and most importantly, excitement. If you happen to be unafraid of taking fashion risks and wish to branch off from the classics, try aiming for a glossy pleather finish, pull-out hidden hood, or large square pockets. Patterned inner linings featuring animal prints and unconventional designs create a funky esthetic- for all you style daredevils out there!

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