A coat that can take you from point A to B in this unpredictable early-spring weather feels like an essential expenditure. But is it possible to find a miracle coat that protects you from the rain but still looks good? These eight styles prove that yes, good-looking, functional raincoats do exist.
Here, photographer Jessie English shot four fresh faces — Giannina Oteto, Diana Veras, Lauren Taylor, and Emely Montero — in the season’s best raincoats and layers, from Miu Miu to Balenciaga.
The Double Raincoat
This patent-leather Joseph coat is an easy stunner because of the sapphire hue — but what makes it a fun layering piece is that you can detach the lower sleeve (seen here) to make it elbow-length in warmer temperatures. The Longchamp coat underneath doubles as a dress that can be worn on its own or as a top layer.
The Runway Raincoat Made Practical
Most coats we see on the runway are extravagant to the point of being unwearable (unless you’re Marjorie Harvey). But this Miu Miu trench is the exception: The floral paillettes add texture without looking cartoonish, and the white buttons make the color stand out even more. You’ll look cool, but not like you’re trying too hard.
The Sunny-Day Raincoat
We’ve already raved about Stutterheim coats, but this version in a kicky orange feels appropriate even on sunny days. Whether you want it to be the focal point of a casual outfit, or would rather dress it up with poppy hues like this marigold Rejina Pyo dress, it’s guaranteed to look bright and fresh.
The Transparent Raincoat
Don’t be afraid to try a transparent raincoat — it’s actually a fun styling piece when layered with different textures, like this purple velvet bodysuit and these shiny black vinyl pants.
The “Emerald Is the New Black” Raincoat
When you don’t want to put much thought into getting dressed, monochromatic is the way to go (and feels fresh for spring in this mix of emerald shades).
The Layering Raincoat
For a daring look, try pairing a clear trench, like this one from Lacoste, with a windbreaker on top.
The Minimalist Yet Versatile Raincoat
Get extra milage out of your coat during warmer months by wearing it over a ‘90s-style slip dress. We’ve never seen a raincoat look sexier.
The Black But Not Boring Raincoat
Make a standard black raincoat feel fresh for spring by pairing it with an uplifting color like marigold. Styled here with a silk top and suede pants, the combination of textures looks polished, not chaotic.
Photos by Jessie English, Styling by Lindsay Peoples, Makeup by Samantha Lau, Hair by Jeanie Syfu using Kerastase at Atelier Management.
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