This season in the UK, rain is inevitable. No matter how sunny your outlook, you will get soaked at some point. But there’s no reason you should let rain dampen your style, you shouldn’t need to be reflecting the hideousness of British weather by wearing frumpy waterproof outfits. Umbrellas are of course a simple and obvious solution to looking good and staying dry, but they’re not efficient in all weathers such as hurricanes, tornadoes, or the more realistically British: wind. There’s nothing quite as British as the trope of the person attempting to shield themselves with an inside out umbrella.
We’ve all been there.
Whilst the Brits love a good umbrella, they can prove inconvenient, especially in city living when everyone is as rude and stubborn as each other and you’re walking down the street and there’s a sea of umbrellas being used as weapons by commuters. The alternative to keeping dry is of course to put your hood up. Yes, hoods have a tendency to mess up your hair, but you know what will mess up your hair more? Rain. And wind. So unless you want to take a leaf out of grandma’s book and bring back the rain bonnet, we should really try to see past the ‘troublesome youth’ look of the hood, and embrace it to its full potential. Hooded coats are very practical; not only do they allow a cosy escape from damp weather, but they provide you with your own personal cave to retreat into when the day has taken its toll, it’s just an extension of you really. They also have other advantages over umbrellas, for example they leave you hands free, convenient when you need to take your out purse, keys, or phone, or carry your weekly shop down the street.
But of course you could always forfeit both if you’re going for the whole cinematic kiss in the rain aesthetic.
But unless you’re engaged in some form of romantic embrace, preferably with Ryan Gosling in a see-through shirt, the wet rat look isn’t really a good one. And if you didn’t apply waterproof mascara and a layer of setting spray, you’ll come out of it looking like Alice Cooper. But this is where those hooded coats can have you prepared for that November rain.
A raincoat doesn’t have to be something you pull out a bag, it can be functional and fashionable, such as a duffle coat.
The parka is a classic raincoat, and guaranteed to keep you warm, dry, and cinched at the waist. And because they’re timeless, you’ll always be able to find one, either designer or on the high street.
Zara Parka with Hood – £79.99
Sheer raincoats allow you to stay dry, and yet don’t compromise your style, or figure.
A faux fur coat is probably the closet you’ll get to hugging a bear without getting mauled to death.