How to dress for the rain

Rain, hail or shine ... models at the Burberry show at London Fashion Week last month.

Rain, hail or shine ... models at the Burberry show at London Fashion Week last month. Photo: Ian Gavan

The weather has been so fickle lately that we’ve very nearly resigned ourselves to asking weather man Tim Bailey for style advice. After a whole summer of on-again, off-again rain, we’re running out of outfit options and the bad news is it is set to continue for the next month.

On the sunny side, designers are honing in on the wet-weather trend, offering cooler alternatives to our ill-fitting raincoats and convenience store brollies. Burberry, for example, recently poked fun at Britain’s notoriously dreary weather, marking its London Fashion Week show with a clap of thunder and a torrent of faux rain while umbrella-toting models sashayed down the catwalk. Kenzo, under the tutelage of Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, have also added rubber exteriors to their jackets, while Christopher Raeburn featured pop-out parkas and waterproof backpacks in his latest collection.

For grey-day options that are not quite Burberry- but just as stylish and certain to have you summoning the rain gods and doing a dance Gene Kelly-style - we look to labels such as Lover and Aubin & Wills.

The Lover rain coat from the Lydia collection.

The Lover rain coat from the Lydia collection.

Lover's recent collection, Lydia, features PVC rain capes in smoke and a lilac that will save you from looking like a drowned rat after your commute into work. Another local label doing wet weather gear is Amber & Thomas who do sweet Slicker Dresses and Slicker Coats in black or burgundy/wine.  


On chillier days, play with layers, topping everything off with a versatile trench or rain jacket. Terra New York’s cinched-waist trenches, cropped capes and hooded parkas are twenty times more stylish than, well, any type of polarfleece. Designed for bike riders, they’re crafted to withstand heavy rain and wind and are so flattering that you’d never suspect they’d have something called a storm flap. For a splash of colour, opt for Aubin & Wills’ bright yellow rain poncho.

We’ve all had a pair of shoes ruined by the rain. Save tears and prevent future leather and suede casualties by investing in some trusty Hunter wellies. Alternatively, Loeffler Randall’s slick rain booties in navy grey, black and army green slip on easy and are sure to appease the most seasoned puddle jumpers. Yes, $150 may seem a bit steep for rubber gumboots but with more drizzles on the horizon consider them a long-term wardrobe investment.

Complete your rainy-day ensemble with a posh brolly. These options, in particular, are guaranteed to brighten up an otherwise soggy day. Try Urban Outfitter’s bubble ‘brella, or this colour-changing, Jackson Pollack-like number by Squid London that’ll have you praying for a storm. Truly.