Everyone talks about spring showers, but have you looked out the window lately? We’ve been inundated with an abundance of stormy days. And while umbrellas are usually our best pick for light drizzles, they just don’t cut it when you’re caught in torrential downpour. That’s when you have to strap on some galoshes and grab the most vital essential: the trench coat.
Thought raincoats have a reputation for practicality, they also have a reputation for hiding your outfit underneath. But, a few of these overcoats pull double-duty—they stop you from getting wet and look good in the process. With options aplenty, we’re narrowing in on the classics as the ideal place to start. Some of the most iconic styles to date are:
The ultimate in luxury raincoats, this Scotland-born style is probably what comes to mind when you think of polished and sophisticated rain gear. Ever since it’s launch in the late 1800s, the classic trench has been a staple for both men and women thanks to its clean cut and unique “liquid rubber” composition.
One of the most immediately recognizable items of clothing to exist, Burberry’s Heritage trench first entered the scene in 1879, finding a way to mend fashion and function into one stormy day essential. The classic is easily recognizable with its plaid lining and beige tone, but these days, it also comes in five other shades.
For a more modern fix, the Stutterheim Stockholm raincoat is your BFF. Its minimalist style and loose fit creates a more casual feel than other outerwear options, and it’s lingered on the androgynous side of fashion ever since its inception in 2010.
And if you’re looking to take the classics up a notch, this essential rain gear deserves a contemporary upgrade. Check out some of our favorite hooded raincoats of the season, below.
For the days where the weather can’t rain on your parade. This honeysuckle-pink paired with a hefty corduroy meshes practicality and style in one.
This pick is the antithesis of the average raincoat. Its relaxed silhouette creates a modern Soho-chic aesthetic that’s certified-fresh for the season.
A trench with a mystique edge. Need we say more?
Trench coats are stylish, but usually leave little room for chunky knit sweaters. This oversized alternative will give you all the style, plus leeway for layering.
When the light drizzle turns into a hefty thunderstorm, break out this no-b.s. option.
If you’re all about “serving looks,” try this metallic option. Its holographic, has a long, lightweight fit, and feels way cooler than your average raincoat.
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The classic black raincoat: it’s always a dependable, sleek option. Give it a Y2K upgrade with this slicked-down finish.