British weather is famously crappy yet British people remain collectively optimistic when summer approaches. We dream up scenarios of ice creams on rocky beaches and rooftop cocktails in the city, wearing something short and strappy to show off our glowing tans. Sadly, this is nearly never the case. We often get a week or two of scorching temperatures but once the yearly heatwave subsides, things go downhill – fast.
Case in point: as storms took over the skies in the last few weeks, we began to realise that our fantasy summer wardrobe wasn’t going to work out. It might feel a tad excessive to pull out your wellies for a walk to the shops but a waterproof coat for the late summer months is proving to be an absolute must. Thankfully, things have moved on since the days of pac-a-macs, and sensible outerwear has reached far more fashionable heights.
Whether you want to take on the puddles in a PVC trench or face the elements in a hike-ready jacket, the internet is chock-full of trendy raincoats right now. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a selection of the most stylish designs, with each and every one featuring the most important component: a hood.
To take a look through the best chic but sensible waterproof coats the shops have to offer, click through the slideshow ahead…