Reinventing the Raincoat
Here’s the thing: we know you hate getting soaked on your walk to and from work every time it pours. It’s rough. Feeble umbrellas get swept around in the wind, while plastic rain ponchos are unflattering and aren’t really built to last. Picking up an actual raincoat is a solid way to go, and there’s no reason you have to look like your grandfather in the one you choose, either.
This season, there are some spectacular revisions on the stodgy old rain gear of yesteryear, with impressive updates to their construction and durability, as well as to their overall style. When you’re looking to ward off the wet, here are four excellent retailers that can provide you with some stylish raincoat options.
Iowa-born Todd Snyder prides his brand on straightforward luxury for the modern man. A sweeping combination of Savile Row craftsmanship and confident NYC edge, Todd Snyder is everything that the immaculately put- together guy is after. Yet, make no mistake, their pieces are designed with a busy man in mind, so everything is always comfortable.
Their masterfully constructed, water-resistant Double Face Trench in Grey is a dapper upgrade to the tired staple versions of a masculine raincoat. The lightweight Italian bonded wool is outfitted with punctilious detailed stitching, including underarm eyelet vents. With a handsome length, the hem hits at about mid-thigh and comes with a convenient interior cell phone pocket to keep your device away from the elements. For the more traditional man, the Long Tech Topcoat in Olive is a modern rendition of the iconic trench look. Made from ultra-light Italian nylon, you’ll have great coverage in the rain without feeling weighted down by a heavy coat.
Swedish luxury brand Stutterheim is devoted to high-quality outerwear and rainwear. Founded in 2010 by Alexander Stutterheim in Stockholm, the company’s ethos is all about functionality meeting style. They eagerly put all of their raincoats through a rigorous test in horrendous weather conditions to ensure that you’ll never have to bear the brunt of a storm unadorned. Their quality is also top notch, every stitch beautifully executed by a vetted staff of skilled artisans.
For a youthful, waggish alternative to a solid- colored mack, the Stockholm Large Stripe Mole is handmade in a rubberized cotton in a three- tone stripe pattern (mole, black, and potato) with shiny silver buttons along the front and a scooped hood on top. The jacket is also available in a variety of solid colors, ranging from deep green to pale pink to inky black. For something a bit hipper, the Kalmar Black is rain gear by way of a super-hot bomber jacket. Made from lightweight, coated cotton, this bad boy is fully lined and comes with a detachable hood. With elastic cuffs and additional elastic at the bottom hem, the chilly air that unwelcomely follows the rain will be kept out of where it doesn’t belong.
Variations on a theme: that’s Rains’ modus operandi when it comes to their line of rainwear. Across their entire collection, their jackets are available in a variety of colors. Their classic model is sleek and streamlined, with a matt surface in a gloriously airy fabric. Additionally, the compact hood has a small brim in front, making those walks down the street a little more pleasant.
For something a bit hardier, check out their Parka, which features many of the advantages of the classic raincoat, but has a few nifty extras for when it’s pouring outside. Structurally, there’s a helpful coattail in back (don’t you hate it when it rains and the back of your pants get wet?) and a two-way, water-resistant zipper in front. If you are indeed looking for a poncho, Rains has a stylish alternative to the drugstore variety. Available in three colors, this version maintains the helpful pullover coverage, but is also effortlessly stylish. The buttons along the sides keep things well ventilated but also keeps you impeccably dry, even in a deluge.
Oh, ole’ reliable! Retailer L.L. Bean has been synonymous with well-made, affordable, slick outerwear ever since their formation in 1912. With a decidedly New England ideology (they’re based in Freeport, Maine), there’s something at once very sturdy and yet comfortable in every one of L.L. Bean’s pieces.
With six different colors to choose from, The Trail Model Rain Jacket is a perfect way to go if you’re looking to keep the wet away. Guaranteed to be waterproof, the hem falls right at the hip. This jacket is a great for outdoor springtime hikes, complete with easy stowaway conversion engineering. Thoughtful details like velcro-closure-cinch cuffs, well-placed pockets, and an adjustable draw-cord drop-tail hem make this a great go-to for a country weekend getaway.