I used to think rain was romantic in my idealistic youth. Now I hate it, so my traditional way of trying to cheer myself up when it's raining is by silently singing rain songs to myself whilst huddling under my umbrella.....and co-ercing anyone else unfortunate enough to be with me to play the game too :-)
But another rather more practical way to cheer one's self up whilst venturing out when the heavens have opened, is to invest in a great looking raincoat.
So for your future happiness I've picked out my top 5 raincoats for you, plus some snazzy looking umbrellas that are sure to keep you smiling, if not singing:
Embrace the grey and choose this Prince of Wales check raincoat as a stylish choice for a rain soaked day. Pair with this elegant navy umbrella with contour map inside and when you receive all those admiring glances, by all means sing along but you certainly won't be "Crying in the Rain" like the Everly Brothers were.
Prince of Wales check cotton raincoat - Kingsman at Mr Porter
Contour map maple wood umbrella - London Undercover at Mr Porter
Dressed in this stunning coat from Mackintosh made from Loro Piana wool you'll be warm as well as dry, and whilst basking in the sunshine glow from this yellow umbrella, you could almost be forgiven for thinking, like Angie Stone, that there's "No More Rain".
Navy Dunkeld raincoat - Mackintosh at Trunk Clothiers
Light yellow folded umbrella with bamboo handle - London Undercover at Trunk Clothiers
As soon as you realise "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" then whip out a bit of sun........Sunspel in fact. They've created this beautifully simple and elegant mac to keep you dapper and dry in a downpour. Do battle with the drops and fend them off with this devilishly handsome umbrella - burgundy on the outside and blood red on the inside.
Stone Classic Sunspel mac - Sunspel
Bold Red Walker umbrella - Beaumont & James at Opumo
Hibernate in this stylish Burberry trench whilst listening to the "Rhythm of the Falling Rain" and you won't be telling yourself what a fool you've been. In fact, whilst also carrying this flame hued umbrella you're likely to be congratulating yourself for managing to look sleek and sophisticated against the storm.
Army green cotton trench coat - Burberry Brit at Stylebop
Orange City Gent Lifesaver umbrella - London Undercover at Matches
You won't mind singing "Here Comes the Rain Again" at all, whilst wearing this completely windproof and waterproof coat with double welded seams from Stutterheim. With a sky blue umbrella to hand you'll be perfectly equipped to ward off any rainy day blues.
Navy Stockholm raincoat - Stutterheim at Peggs & Son
Victoria Blue Multi-braid English City Gent umbrella: London Undercover
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