I figured since April is on its way and it brings April Showers (although March is more filled with rain everyday so far!), it would be good to do a blog post on some fashionable and essential rainwear for the season. Living in England means I pretty much have to live in waterproof clothing and take an umbrella with me all of the time, unless it’s the middle of summer (but even that’s risky to go sans an umbrella) so I need multiple choices and options that look nice.
I never used to think that waterproof clothing was pretty or fashionable though, but all of that has changed over the last couple of years and there’s some of the cutest pieces around, which is why I have only recently gotten lots of it! Wellies come in an array of colours and styles, rain macs are printed and brightly coloured, and umbrellas are really pretty to look at. With all of that in mind, I am sharing with you 15 of my favourite rainwear items out at the moment which are fashionable, fun, and trendy at the same time. I know, who would have thought it, right?
This raincoat is one of my favourites at the moment! I bought it in Joules a while ago and I wore it a couple of days ago. The way the water just stays in globs on the fabric is incredible! You can roll balls of water around on it, then it drops off and there’s no trace of any water left behind! I’m fascinated by that. It actually comes in so many colours – red, blue, green, yellow, orange etc, but I loved this berry shade as the blue and white striped lining complemented it perfectly. It does run a bit small, so I had to size up to a UK 10 in it and I usually vary between a 6-8. It’s definitely worth the price though!
Now these are a newly acquired purchase of mine too! You all know how much I love wellies (I now have 13 pairs in all different colours and styles!) but wearing the tall ones can be a bit cumbersome at times. Just for running quick errands and going to peoples houses I definitely needed something smaller and these Chelsea boots are it. I saw them originally on the Hunter website and they looked black and grey, but then I saw them on Tower London and they were actually grey all over. I wasn’t sure which was correct and the lovely lady at Tower London helped me and even took an iPhone photo for me to show me they were grey, which was what I wanted.
Unlike Hunter’s customer service, which leaves much to be desired, I was very happy with Tower London and I can’t recommend them enough for a personal approach. I can’t stand that Hunter treats you like a case rather than a person and they are never helpful or make you feel important, which is a shame since I like their wellies, but I thought it’s worth mentioning in case you ever have to reach out to Hunter. It’s better to buy from somewhere else. I never like to be negative, but they have disappointed me on numerous occasions with their policies and evasiveness. With that being said, these boots are amazing though and I recommend them so much! And yes, I will be doing an outfit with them next month! They’re perfect with all of my jeans.
Does this need any explanation? Umbrellas are an absolute must have and this one is so cute! A London print with a great quality umbrella from Lulu Guinness… Say no more!
These caught my eye as they are a brand new colour for the SS17 collection. I saw them in the shop the other day and thought they were so pretty. It’s like a pastel baby blue more so than a mint, but the Hunter photos are never that great as they are often inaccurate. These are cute though and would liven up your jeans and daily outfits!
This raincoat looked absolutely stunning! It’s a light weight vinyl which is great for packing into your bags or wearing to festivals, but the colour is incredible. I love anything in a bright pink like this. I’d love to own this one, that’s for sure!
Joules is a brand that never gets enough credit in my opinion for their rainwear and they have some amazing pieces. Not only do they have great raincoats, but they have wellies too at such a reasonable price. They’re really affordable and full of fun prints and designs. I love their dog prints, or the flowers, but I think the blue and pink polka dots is so versatile.
This umbrella is just so nice. I love the red shade with the little clear lips windows on it. I don’t think it needs much description as the photo does the talking, but I love it.
A pair of yellow short wellies have been on my wish list for ages now, especially as they would match my yellow raincoat that I own, but I’ve never purchased them yet. If you love bright colours, yellow really brightens up your day and it’s such a talking point. Fashionable and practical.
Again, when I was in Joules, I saw this raincoat and fell completely in love with it. The colour is absolutely insane in person, it’s like a sapphire blue and it’s like raindrops, so it reminded me so much of my blog name – Raindrops of Sapphire. I had to try it on, and as it packs away into a tiny pocket pouch, I thought it would be perfect for travelling, especially on holiday. It’s affordable too! It runs bigger than the other one I have and I got my size UK 6. Honestly if you only got one rain coat, this one is ideal. I LOVE it.
I am a fan of Lulu Guinness and her umbrellas, especially the clear birdcage ones and this one has love birds on it with a cage design, how adorable is that?
These wellies remind me a lot of my Loganberry wellies, but they’re adjustable so if you have bigger calves, these would be ideal. The colour though, wow! It looks almost edible!
As far as raincoats go, I have about 6 of them, but one that’s remained a constant favourite in my collection is this yellow one from Petit Bateau. I got it ages ago, maybe almost 2 years ago, and it’s been one of my go to coats all the time. It’s comfortable, warm, bright yellow, lined, and just really easy to wear. It’s one of those rain coats you just grab and go and throw it on, but it looks really good and stylish. I’ve received so many compliments each time I’ve worn it, so if you can afford a bit more of an expensive one, this one should be the one you go for, all the way!
If you planned on getting the pink Hunter rain coat, you can get the matching umbrella. I have one of these umbrellas in coral to match my wellies (as you can see in the first photo above) and the quality of the umbrellas is really good. They come in numerous colours and they’re really sturdy.
Chelsea rain boots are ideal for the warmer weather since you wont be trailing through mud and fields, you’re just avoiding the showers on a warm day. If the Hunter ones above are too pricey, these Joules ones are a great alternative. They’re much more affordable and cute with the print too!
And finally… An item I never leave the house without – my handbag raincoat. If you love designer bags like I do and don’t want them to get ruined when you get caught in a downpour, get one of these. They come in 3 sizes and they secure with Velcro, so the handles or strap can still show. It covers over the entire bag (if you have the right size) and protects it from the rain entirely. If you spend a lot of money on your bag and it could get ruined, you should give it a raincoat too. I love mine and I bought it about two years ago.
– I would love to know what your rainwear essentials are! Do you love to wear rain coats and wellies together or are you more of an umbrella and Chelsea boot person? Just remember that waterproof clothing doesn’t have to be boring and dark, it can be fashionable and fun. I love wearing mine, which is a good thing since I’m constantly living in it at the moment! Happy April Showers!