A bigger splash: wet weather gear for grown-ups
Spring means showers, in London at least. Avoid a wardrobe washout with our pick of waterproof jackets that don't compromise on style
We've rounded up wet weather gear for every occasion and aesthetic.
Best for the nine to five
Uniqlo U Blocktech Belted Trench Coat, buy here for £109.90
This is the perfect office-appropriate overcoat. The lightweight fabric, clean lines and belted waist mean it won't appear bulky over a blazer like some trench coats can, while the generous removable hood means you don't need to worry about carrying a dripping umbrella into your client meeting.
Best for unexpected showers
K-Way Le Vrai 3.0 Claudette Graphic, buy here for £74.95
The original pac-a-mac, Parisian style. Cleverly, K-Way's waterproof jackets pack into a pocket so you can keep yours on hand just in case, meaning they're perfect for festival dressing. There's a pleasing retro-sensibility to the range, while seasonal prints bring a bit of pizzazz to proceedings.
Best for wearing with everything
Stutterheim Stockholm Raincoat in Transparent, buy here for £255
Who wants to carefully put together an outfit, only to cover most of it up? This transparent PVC raincoat from Swedish outerwear experts Stutterheim is the solution to that particular wardrobe woe.
Best for workwear aficionados
Hunter Refined Waterproof Garden Jacket, buy here for £265
The soft sand colour, multiple patch pockets and drawstring waist bring a pleasing utilitarian vibe, but this fully-waterproof jacket is far too chic for doing any actual gardening. Wear with barrel leg jeans or wide leg trousers to perfectly balance proportions.
Best for serious downpours
Arket Fishtail Parka, buy here for £150
Made from recycled plastic bottles, this is a polyester parka with sustainable credentials. Part of Arket's clever 2-in-1 series of outerwear designed to be layered and zipped together, it can be as changeable as the weather. Wear it with a padded liner vest or jacket when the mercury starts to plummet.
Best for standing out in the crowd
Moncler Alexandrite Printed Jacket, buy here for £1,335
There's something so pleasingly retro about this pastel-printed jacket by luxury outerwear brand Moncler. Perfect festival fashion, the eye-catching print will ensure you don't get lost in the crowds at the main stage and you can even get a co-ordinating bum bag.
Best for fans of pale and interesting
Belstaff Ellersly Parka Jacket in Pale Oak, buy here for £495
OK, a pale-coloured parka isn't the most practical of outerwear offerings, especially if you travel by public transport. But this water-repellent nylon parka feels like a breath of fresh air compared to its trad khaki cousins.
Best for wet and windy days
Petit Bateau Mixed Warm Windbreaker, buy here for £129
The high street abounds with cool retro windbreakers, but few are actually warm or waterproof, and shivering is never a good look. This subdued padded style is reversible meaning it can do double duty depending on the weather.