There is nothing worse than getting caught in the rain, so we want to help you pick the best raincoat. It can be overwhelming looking in lots of different shops when you aren’t sure exactly what to look for. Consequently, we have put this guide together to help you make a few decisions before heading to the shops.
A raincoat to suit your style is number one
Make sure you know the style of raincoat that would suit your figure and keep you dry at the same time. When it comes to raincoats, there are short and long coats, parka jackets, puffer jackets, rain macs, and lots more! Once you have decided on the one you like most, you will feel more equipped to start hunting down the one for you.
It is smart to go for a puffer jacket or find a thermal piece from a brand such as Rains, if you will be wearing the raincoat in the winter months as you will be aiming for warmth as well as staying dry. If you will be using your raincoat in autumn when it doesn’t rain as much, for example, you might like to go for something more lightweight like a mac or a short coat without padding.
Make sure the raincoat has a hood and pockets
Getting caught on a rainy day without an umbrella is only okay if you have a raincoat with a big hood to fully cover your head. Lots of brands sell waterproof coats that don’t have a hood; we would recommend finding a raincoat that definitely does have one as nobody likes wet hair when it rains. Unless you have a big hat that will keep you covered… this is also something extra to remember when you leave the house!
Carrying a bag in the rain can also cause a problem if it isn’t waterproof, therefore it might be wise to find a raincoat that has big enough pockets to hold items like your purse, pen, or other important items you like to keep with you. Inside pockets are usually a winner in wet weather; having somewhere to keep your mobile phone, headphones and any pricey gadgets is a must.
Does it complement your wardrobe colours?
There is no point buying a raincoat that doesn’t compliment the colours in your wardrobe as you will never wear it. Think about the season, you will be wearing the raincoat and see if your clothes go well with pastel colours, bright colours, khaki green or maybe you’d like something more simple?
If you want to go for a safe option, you can always choose a black raincoat as this colour usually matches up with any other colours. Black can also be slimming and is an ideal colour for the colder winter months.
Consider the weight of the raincoat if you need to carry it around
It’s worth considering the weight of the raincoat you go for, as you will likely need to carry it on days you aren’t sure about the weather. Going for lightweight options is a good idea if you’d like a raincoat to use all year round but puffer jackets, for example, will be heavier options for colder winter months.
We hope this guide has assisted you in weighing up your options and helped you decide what to consider when choosing a raincoat. The main priorities are a big hood and durability; the material must be water-resistant to keep you safe from getting wet!
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