The Hunt For a Perfect Raincoat in NYC
There’s something particularly challenging about trudging through New York on rainy days. A heavy haze can hang over the city, and whatever fabulous ensemble you might have carefully planned for the day ends up soaked, wrinkled, and worn through. It’s more than just a pain, it can knock you for six and crush your mood.
Style-friendly outerwear is always hard to find. We don’t want anything too bulky, but we also don’t want to freeze either. When it rains in New York, it pours, right? And let’s face it, umbrellas on their own sometimes don’t cut it. We all need a sturdy raincoat to protect us against the sky opening up. You don’t have to surrender to a plastic poncho; you don’t have to get soaked either. Of course, the tired image of raincoats made of stiff and unflattering fabrics has led many people to whip out a brolly and hope for the best, but there’s no reason why they can’t all be on-trend in a great raincoat.
David Reiss’s UK-based fashion chain, Reiss, boasts 160 locations in 15 countries. Their dedication to excellence has kept the company riding high since the 1970’s, and they show no sign of stopping anytime soon.
The elegant Somerset trench coat is an homage to old-fashioned Hollywood glamour in a feminine neutral light pink. Ideal for any season, it pairs well with everything and is usable for a formal business affair or even a
casual, jeans-laden brunch. A willowy softness permeates the entire piece, but not without making an incredibly
distinct statement. Alternatively, you can always slip into the bold Night Navy Lina Trench to stave off the elements. Long-reaching sleeves, as well as a lengthy, self-tie belt o er slimming vertical lines. The slanted side pockets also will steer you clear of any unwanted extra bulk.
Established in 1923, London Fog’s cosmopolitan image has set them as a go-to for trenches and raincoats. Always sleek and sophisticated, their 2017 pieces offer a bit of range for those looking to depart from the classic, long cut of a traditional raincoat.
The Skylar coat, for example, is a highly functional, water-resistant zip- up in charcoal grey with a standing collar surrounded by a hood. The fleece lining will keep you cozy as your run errands around town. If your taste is for more of a quintessential silhouette, the Kayley trench is an elegant way to keep yourself dry. Available in two colors, a tawny brown and jet black, it features a detachable hood and an interior bib, which provides additional protection on those soggy city days. For those seeking something more whimsical, channel your inner ‘That Girl’ persona with London Fog’s Lucia Lightweight Gingham Raincoat. Black and white check fabric, shoulder epaulettes, and adorable oversized buttons will have you cheekily dancing your way through the rain.
British luxury fashion house, Burberry, is a kingdom that stretches beyond ready-to-wear, with reach in the realms of accessories, sunglasses, and fragrances. However, it is their penchant for producing both classic and cutting-edge trench coats that has us hungry to shop.
The vibrant Showerproof Parka is an eye-catching jacket with a fun pack-away hood and adjustable sleeves (depending on how bad it is outside!), all made from shimmering, durable, water-resistant fabric. Offered in black and bright fuchsia, there’s a handy drawstring where you can easily cinch it at the waist. The Chelsea Trench is perhaps the centerpiece of Burberry’s line. A weatherproof cotton gabardine which comes in four stylish colors, this items offers four different lengths to choose from. With its design stemming from The Burberry Heritage Archive, the coat features the brand’s iconic check under-collar.
Lanvin is a French, multinational, high-fashion empire, and their spring collection is looking to be exquisite. The Midnight-blue Mid-length Trench coat is a flowing cloak for a seductive night-time rendezvous. Made with Lanvin’s ultra- luxurious elephant satin, the jacket features a wide collar and classic buckle belting. The wide lapels and covered buttons will make a daring statement as you enter any room, while the box pleating in the middle of the back will ensure just the right amount of stylish drama as you leave.
For an edgier approach, check out the Waisted Double-Breasted Jacket. This is a warm gabardine piece featuring a large notched collar that squares o the shoulders with a powerful cut. The sleeves have flirty slits at the wrist, while the large buttons bear an astonishing marble effect for a bit of subtle contrast to the darkness of the fabric. Wear it with jeans or dress it up with a great pair of slacks for a bit of midnight cosmo chic.