Spring Showers in Style
May 10th, 2011
It’s officially rainy season, are you prepared?
No matter your personal aesthetic, an outfit always looks cooler and more stylish when it’s appropriate for the weather conditions. Practicality is a very important function of clothing, and should always remain.
Here, 5 ways to stay dry in style during those pesky Spring Showers.
1. The Mac Coat
A 3/4 length waterproof-ed cotton “mac” (in a neutral color) may be the perfect coat.
It works with just about any outfit for just about any occasion, in just about any season – especially one like this, with a removeable wool/cashmere lining for colder months.
Over suits, I like single breasted coats rather than double breasted ones because it allows you to leave the coat open and show the layers underneath, creating a more visually interesting ensemble.
Bonus Tip: Keep the outerwear open and the suit jacket buttoned – this creates a better silhouette and shows the dynamic between the pieces.
Bonus Tip II: Good cordovan shoes are virtually indestructible. Once in a while I’ll wear these guys in a light drizzle…after all, what’s the worst that can happen?
2. The Nylon Anorak
It doesn’t get much lighter in weight than an unlined nylon anorak. This paper-thin waterproof layer is perfect for staying dry on warm days and adding a casual dose of color.
Bonus Tip: On most of my outerwear I size down – “coats” are generally cut with a little too much room for the sharp fit that I like.
Bonus Tip II: These low-cut bean “boots” are the perfect slip-on for a quick jaunt around the corner. There also great for walking to work (if you’re the type to carry a change of “dress” shoes to work – these slip easily on and off).
Bonus Tip III: Designer crewneck fleece sweaters make no sense to me. I picked up this authentic classic for $10 at a popular sporting goods chain.
- Crewneck fleece sweater by Champion Athletics
- Navy cotton trousers by Polo Ralph Lauren
- Chambray Ivy cap by J. Crew
- White cotton tee by Rich in Clothing
- Watch by Montblanc Timewalker
- Striped nylon anorak by APC
- Lowtop rain boots by LL Bean
3. The Lightweight Trench
Seasonal trenches are where it’s at. I bought this light blue “color degrade” one with the concern that I may not wear it much…than wore it three times last week. This proves that classic design and shape is just as important as color neutrality when it comes to the wearability of a garment.
Bonus Tip: With the right outerwear and accesories, there are countless ways to wear the good old white t-shirt & indigo jeans.
Bonus Tip II: Scarves aren’t just for the winter. This one, in a lightweight heather grey jersey, is perfect for those cool-but-not-cold Spring days. More on this soon.
- Jersey scarf Handmade
- Light blue cotton trench by Burberry Prorsum
- White linen blend t-shirt by Kenneth Cole
- Watch by Montblanc Timewalker
- Indigo denim jeans by JBrand
4. The Rubberized Slicker
As I mentioned in our last rainwear post, yellow is a refreshing yet traditional color for rainwear. It’s a great way to pull-off some color, in a time when the streets are flooded with navy, grey and black.
Bonus Tip: I picked up this jacket from my local army/navy surplus store for $15. I’ve also seen similar ones in thrift stores for even less. When buying surplus, or thrift, make sure to try it one…you’ll likely need a at least one size smaller than usual.
Bonus Tip II: Leather buttons make a garment look more vintage/old-school and add a perception of “heft” as well.
- Umbrella vintage
- Brown cardigan by J.Crew
- Brown 12″ boots by LL Bean
- Yellow rain slicker from Army/Navy surplus store
- Blue/Green Plaid Shirt
5. The Retro Poncho
This is the ultimate in staying dry. For the guy who is allergic to the rain.
As you’ve heard me say before, I’m all about mixing high-end with low-end to create an interesting, and unexpected, outfit. Therefore, this is right up my alley – bespoke Irish linen suit ($1,300+) + rain poncho ($16).
Bonus Tip: This is another very inexpensive piece of rainproof outerwear, as well as another easy pop of color.
Bonus Tip II: I mentioned these “shoe condoms” WAY back here (crazy how far the site has come in a short time). If you’re really worried about your leathers and don’t want to carry a bag with a change of shoes, slip on some rubber galoshes. Another small price to keep your greater investments safe.
Thanks for reading.
Yours in style,
Photography by Alex Crawford.