As Brits, we are no strangers to the miserable rainy weather that we must sit through for a good chunk of the year. Personally, when I put on my clunky and uncomfortable rain jacket to adventure into the big wet outdoors, it can sometimes be depressing to ruin my outfit with the practical eyesore. However, who said that practicality had to be unfashionable? We should be able to feel 100% our best and on form, regardless of the weather or terrain. In this blog, I will be presenting to you some ‘gorpcore’ practical alternatives to your regular yomping gear that will make you feel good to get out into that rainfall.
You cannot go wrong with the highly transitional long neutral coat – this style of jacket is a staple in anyone’s closet with its large convenient pockets and long length which blocks out the wind to keep you warm. With a beige colour, such as this one, this coat can easily be styled with monotonal pieces such as black straight-leg jeans with brown heeled boots, an over-shoulder brown leather purse and tortoise shell chunky hoops.
Burberry coats are always a trusty reliable when it comes to practical fashion. This longline black shell raincoat includes a large hood which comes in handy when caught in an unexpected downfall. With its black colour and recognisable printed lining, it is easy to pair this coat with accent pieces which bring out Burberry’s iconic colours – such as some camel chinos with white mary-jane heels, and a vibrant red purse.
Sometimes all you need is a quick throw on piece that is effortless yet still able to shield you from the rainy weather. This Everlane poncho provides just that, with a practical adjustable hood and large front pockets. Its oversized design with straight, unfitted sleeves gives it a wonderful slouchy feel which would instantly make any outfit chic. I would pair this coat with some mid-wash blue boyfriend jeans and utility boots, with a chunky knit beanie hat.
With a singular accent button at the collar and a long, simplistic, chic design, this Studio Nicholson coat is definitely one for the working metropolitan woman. Easily paired with many clothing styles, it is a transitional coat which instantly provides class and sophistication. With its straight, unfitted design I would pair this coat with a black fitted dress, baker-boy hat, shear tights and flare-heeled boots.