When the weather shows no sign of brightening up for spring, there’s one item of clothing that we keep retuning to – the raincoat. Our trusted ally that not only keeps us dry from the unpredictable showers, but cool when the heat is turned up.
Raincoats that are typically designed to be worn in the Spring are a little different from winter coats. They tend to have a much lighter lining and use water repellent materials for the outer materials.
There’s a huge difference in the price however, with some raincoats coating under a hundred quid, and others over a grand.
With this discrepancy in prices, we’ve delved a little deeper and come up with six of the best raincoats to suit your budget and lifestyle.
BEST BUDGET BUY
- Topman Stone Lightweight Mac – £65
For those looking for an all-purpose raincoat that will see them through several seasons of showers, this hooded waterproof mac from Topman is pretty much a no-brainer. Nice and long in the body to keep your bum dry, fastens with a zip and then snap buttons in the same stone colour over the top of the zip for extra dryness. Features angled and flat front pockets and is machine washable. We like the neutral colour too.
This raincoat by Jigsaw is not only cut and tailored beautifully, but features material that is 100% cotton that has been treated to be fully shower-proof. It has a light-weight mesh lining that won’t cause you to overheat when the temperature does warm up, and it fastens with a concealed zip and press studs over that. Has nice interior and slant pockets and the black colour means you can use this for office for casual.
BEST VALUE FOR MONEY
Uniqlo are renowned for making clothes that serve a purpose or a function. So they either keep you warm on a cold night with high-tech material, or, as in this coat, they keep you dry. This coat is made from a material called Rectus from Tejin which is highly water-resistant, rain is just repelled off its surface. The material is also breathable so you won’t get hot and sweaty. It is lightweight and crease-resistant and the style is simple and classic. There’s also a removable padded liner so you can wear it in the winter and spring.
If you want to impress the boss, the girlfriend, the mother-in-law, your lawyer, pop on this mac from Dunhill. You get instant status and gravitas when you put this mac on, it screams quality and showmanship. We love the classic racing green colour which makes it stand out but in a cool, James Bond kind of way, not a TOWIE kind of way.
Burberry have been seriously upping their game in the past few years, particularly when it comes to designing pieces that people would actually want to wear. This is no exception. The craftsmanship that has gone into this trench coat is phenomenal. Apparently inspired by the military, this is a single-breasted trench coat complete with gorgeous contrasting piping in red. The fabric is lightweight but the coat still looks of a high quality, thanks to the added extra details. Well worth splashing out for.
Marks and Spencer has had a rough time of late, but you cannot fault them for their wardrobe staples. This is a great example of something ordinary, like a mac, but done well with attention to detail. It is tailored for a flattering fit, made from 100% cotton which gives it a lightweight feel and comes with a detachable hood. Made in England by Cooper and Stollbrand using Emmetex Italian fabric.