WHAT WE'RE WEARING: Raincoats
In the spring, you must have a raincoat to protect all of those wonderful outfits from the rain.
There are tons of great raincoat options available. The best choice comes down to what you are hoping to get out of your raincoat as far as which will end up being best suited for you. We are going to focus on choices that are optimal for everyday street wear (as opposed to hiking in Seattle) that are as functionable as they are fashionable.
A key element to help discern the perfect raincoat pick is understanding some of the most basic fabric descriptions and differences.
Often, rain wear will be categorized as waterproof or water resistant. Waterproof is what you opt for when you really want to ensure that zero water penetrates the outer layer. It's important to keep in mind how breathable a waterproof coat is. If you have an extremely waterproof jacket, no water will get in or out (I'm talking sweat here...they get pretty toasty if you are active). Breathable waterproof options are out there and are often made of GORE-TEX or a similar layered fabric.
On the other hand, water resistant raincoats will simply delay water penetration. These are fine options if being used for your everyday travels with brief outdoor exposure. Most water resistant coats are lightweight, soft-shell, wind resistant, and work great with added layers because they are much more breathable. Prolonged rain exposure will eventually cause water resistant coats to become saturated, but for everyday practical purposes, most of the time these are just fine.
Aside from the water resistance of your raincoat, there are a couple other factors to consider. Personally, I'm all about hoods and when it comes to rain wear and the bigger the hood the better. I like to make sure I can actually get all hair safely covered and still have some hood to comfortably guard my face (my hair doesn't look too great without a decent amount of time and effort each morning that I'm not going to let that go to waste just because of a little rain). Also, a hood can add quite a bit of warmth if it gets chilly as rainy weather is wont to do.
Comfort and style are two other key factors. It's always best if you can try on your coat with a couple extra layers beneath before making your final decision. Because many raincoats are longer, make sure the zipper or buttons are easy to use and the fit not only looks fantastic but feels great too.
With the proper raincoat, you can really be unstoppable. And who doesn't enjoy looking happy as a sunbeam despite the drizzly weather?
Keep up with more rainy weatherwear tips all of April as each of our "What We're Wearing" weekly posts will feature everything you need to gear up for spring!