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As a rule, we tend to advise you walk adjacent to the wild side when it comes to your wardrobe. Going all-in on animal prints is the quickest way to ensure your clothes have limited use and a short shelf-life. That goes double for outerwear, which you need to rely on year after year. But we also know that reaching for the same navy, grey or black coat day after day can start to feel a little like groundhog day, only with more rain and less Bill Murray. The solution? A bright raincoat. Think of it as a dose of sartorial Prozac, working to lighten both your mood and your look.

Remember that feeling of being a kid and jumping in puddles when it rained? A punchy coat is the grown-up equivalent, only without getting in trouble with mother. And, because you take a raincoat off once you get indoors, you don’t need to worry as much about making sure it fits in with the rest of your outfit. In fact, the more it stands out, the better it is – you want to make a statement here.

Bright raincoats tend to lean towards primary colours, with yellow being the traditional go-to thanks to Scottish fishermen. In the early 19th century, a linen mill that produced sails for boats began to use a waterproof flax residue on protective capes for fishermen, which over time and wear, turned yellow. The iconic fisherman’s coat was born (and was quickly taken up by fishermen everywhere). A yellow raincoat definitely still has its place, like this classic style from Rains or if you’re in a more neon mood look to A.P.C. But yellow isn’t the only bright option out there. From orange and red, to blue and purple there is a colour for every mood (and budget).

Now all you need are some rainy days.


Words: Nadia Balame-Price
Photography: Andras Hari
Styling: Brooke Philips