From flash January floods to little April showers, strong rain jackets for men are a wardrobe essential. Knowing how to shop for a raincoat, however, isn’t opting for sticky synthetics or the puffy and the padded, which is more Michelin Man than stylish Man About Town.
A raincoat, be it a trench, parka or mac coat, should fit effortlessly into your current style arsenal. And keep you protected from the elements.
Luckily, activewear, outdoor brands and fashion labels have created some high-tech raincoats this season, that are as stylish as they are high performance. As hybrid items, they combine aesthetic finesse with functionality and are an intelligent approach to modern lifestyles: year-long, year-round.
Click through the slideshow for the 20 best rain jackets & raincoats for men.
Rain Jackets For Men – Made For Rain
How these technical jackets are made exactly (and the patented technology used), doesn’t really matter (to the fashion lover). These technical jackets actually look like everyday outerwear, and they feel great on.
What is clear, is their protection against wet weather. Their superpower lies in the fabric. Brands such as Mackintosh started things off in the nineteenth century, use a bonding process originally created by Charles Mackintosh himself. That process uses vulcanised rubber to join two pieces of bonded cotton together, as blobs of glue are applied by hand.
Elsewhere, natural fibres – cotton mostly, come coated in high-tech finishes (resins or invisible nanotechnology coatings) designed to protect from the wind and rain, while not forsaking the use of natural materials.
Then, there are the synthetic fabrics – namely nylons, which have lost their ‘tacky’ sting, as fashion pushes further into activewear arenas. You’ll recognise these sophisticated synthetics by way of complex name: polyamides (a posh way of saying nylons) and polyurethanes. Elastane is another key ingredient, giving movement to the jacket by way of incredible stretch.
Functional Fashion Rain Jacket
The best part about the wet-weather jacket is its practicality. Aside water-proof fabric to keep you dry, utilitarian elements such as pockets, linings and hoods are vital wet-weather jacket components.
When transitioning between the seasons, looking for rain jackets for men should come with removable elements, such as a breathable polyester gilet to be worn solo or as an inner lining (secured by popper fastenings) inside the raincoat. Utility front pockets and concealed inner pockets with zips help store your phone and wallet when it rains – and stylishly, while sealed seams and a detachable hood keep your body dry. Simply unzip the hood when the sun shines.
Other jackets (like cars) are convertible and double as a gilet, boasting magnetic closures that allow you to easily remove the sleeves and drawstring hood, in an instant, when the weather’s fine again and you’re seeking jacket-relief.
Colour & Pattern Rain Jackets
We could be boring and say, “stick to neutrals and earthen hues for a more versatile wet-weather jacket”. And while that’s tried and true, the incredible ingenuity of these technical-meets-active jackets allows for a bit of bold colour and pattern play. Even in the work place, just as long as you keep the silhouette and shape slick.
Office City Slicker
Livening up a grey suit or taupe separates, select a sleek version of the raincoat – car coat, anorak, classic mac – and opt for orange, electric blue or yellow. The latter is an obvious raincoat colour, the daffodil yellow paring well with a navy suit pinstripe suit, white shirt and black shoes.
With the black suit, stick to a tonal black or charcoal jacket (the glossiness of the jacket resin contrasted against the matte, natural fibre suit). Or go lighter with the jacket: taupe, camel or off-white proving sophisticated colours with darker tailoring.
Giving sophistication back to a weekend look, look to a trench or field jacket – in navy, blue-grey or khaki – with concealed front button fastenings for a streamlined profile. Wear the jacket in the city with tailored trousers and minimal sneakers, or slim-cut, mid-blue jeans and tan brogues. Coupled with the practicality of the jacket, add a waterproof tote bag or water-resistant portfolio.
Loose and languid in the urban jungle, play around with outfit proportions: an oversized anorak, raincoat or parka (all with hoods) adding a streetwear to simple outfit. How simple? Keep the colour palette neutral with your favourite pair of jeans or jogger pants (cuffed and tapered) and a basic tee in summer, injecting a jersey sweater in cooler months and lightweight scarf for extra layering.
Base out the monochrome look with some colourful kicks: high-performance mesh sneakers or retro-inspired trainers in leather and suede panels.
Prepped and ready, click through the slideshow for 20 cool rain jackets for men.
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