It feels like yesterday when I last wrote about stylish raincoats (in fact it was last summer, here in fact), but finding the right one has never been more relevant since moving out of London.
I think I basically winged it with regards staying dry there. Forgot umbrella? Oh I’ll just nip into that shop and buy another one. Without a sensible hood? No worries, I will fashion one from that free copy of the Evening Standard that kind person is handing out. No wellies? Oh well (y), wet feet it is.
And lo, it came to pass – after the thirteenth time of being involved in a countryside drenching wearing a ridiculous wool affair – that I stumped up many, many of my hard-earned readies on a raincoat.
I researched* it heavily (*asked a few people on Facebook) and decided that what I needed was a Scandinavian brand, after all they understand rain. Also, they’re generally cool.
The tagline for Stutterheim is ‘Swedish melancholy at its driest,’ which to be honest, made me feel a little sad.
But once I got over that and took a look at their wet-weather collection – a modern interpretation of a traditional fisherman’s waterproof, I knew it was perfect. Pared-back in a simple A-Line shape with a cool, streamlined Scandi sensibility, the only problem was committing to a colour (and then handing over the money).
It isn’t lined (‘not even LINED and you paid HOW MUCH?!’, my Mum), but instead it’s made from thick, rubberised cotton and double welded seams. As far as costs-per-wear go, it’s been worth it so far as I’m even wearing it on blue sky days. How’s that for financial blue sky thinking?
Keeping it simple is, in my view, the very key to consider when purchasing a rain coat. Fuss-free, minimal styles will always give off a hipster vibe, even if you are heading to the station for a little session in trainspotting. And if you’re keen on a print, then choose a coat that has a simple design in a two colour combo max. It’ll also then give you more wardrobe options too.
But despite being pleased with the Stutterheim, I was still utterly devastated when I spotted Gap’s new season drop included a dead-ringer.
So because I’ve had a lot of emails and comments about finding stylish, affordable raincoats (there’s a lot of us practical sorts out there, clearly!), here’s The Edited pick.
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