April’s weather has been a wild ride. A chilly, rainy weekend ended with snow flurries, and a few days later, the temperature rose to a balmy 73 degrees. I’m almost afraid to trust the forecast–or maybe I’m in denial, because another cold snap is on the way. What to wear? A wool coat is too heavy, and a sweater won’t protect you from an afternoon shower. A raincoat is the perfect solution.
Lightweight and water-resistant, a raincoat protects you from the elements without adding bulk. Really, there’s nothing worse than being caught in a thunderstorm when you’re wearing a winter coat, crushed by the weight of damp wool. On damp days, you’ll find me walking the dogs, racing into the grocery store, or standing in line to see a movie. Yet I want more than practicality from a raincoat–I want something fun. Stripes, patterns, colors, details–they aren’t just a fashion statement; they add a certain zing to life.
You can’t go wrong with a classic white-and-navy striped raincoat from Lands’ End. The sunny yellow lining is an instant smile-maker.
See similar coats HERE.
A khaki trench is classic and versatile–a “go anywhere” item. Dress it up or down. Wear it with heels, boots, tennis shoes, or flats. Even if you’ve been running around all day in sweat pants, if you add a trench and a scarf, you’ll look tidy. Really, I can’t say enough nice things about a trench.
Style and practicality collide beautifully in a yellow-and-white striped waterproof raincoat. The denim lining adds a colorful splash, and if you get caught in a downpour, just pull up the hood. You can find similar coats HERE.
You had me at polka dots, but then I noticed the teal lining and little bows on each sleeve.
Adorable, practical, and stylish.
I’ve had a life-long love for navy. It reminds me of the Blue Hour, those fleeting moments before the sun passes below the horizon and the air swirls with cobalt. I like pairing it with hot pink, yellow, green, red. Navy is playful.
Belks has the most darling rain jackets (above and below). Right now, the store is having a “buy 1 get 1 free” sale.
You can find similar raincoats HERE.
A utility coat is my most-used and most loved item. The pockets are always stuffed with leashes, dog biscuits, keys, and sunglasses. I toss it on to fetch the mail, to check on the fruit trees, and to haul dead limbs. This is a coat for real living. I found it at Old Navy.
But when I need a little sunshine on a rainy day, I reach for my striped coat.
What’s your favorite raincoat?
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Photos: Tyler West