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Come On With the Rain! Spring Wear For Any Weather

by Mac Smith
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Sunday Apr 6, 2014

"April showers bring May flowers." But, it also brings a need for polished wardrobe pieces that will keep you dry without looking frumpy. Just because the weather is squally doesn't mean your sense of style needs to take shelter. EDGE offers our favorite picks that are guaranteed to ignite your closet no matter how many rainy days you may have to weather.

A Fresh Coat
A classic trench coat is an essential investment piece for every wardrobe. But you don't necessarily need to go with the old saw tan, double breasted version. Venture outdoors in any of these progressive styles that will give your outerwear a fresh new vibrancy.

Of course, some of us want to make an indelible style impression even when most people's eyes are fixated on avoiding large puddles. For those who can't imagine leaving the house without a showstopper - no matter the weather - this coated heavy poplin raincoat is one bad way to reign supreme.

Started in 2010 by two friends, Yohan Serfaty and Gilles Elalouf, who wanted unique avant-garde menswear, Y/Project is a Paris-based emerging buzz-worthy label. Adding to the drama? A snap over collar is part of a dynamic asymmetrical front and topped off with a sleek, eye-catching hood. This coat will keep you dry and high on the best-dressed list.

Y/Project Black Coated Poplin Hooded Raincoat


One of the first to make lightweight materials water-resistant through rubber vulcanization, Hancock delivers a tough and tumble Macintosh that packs an on-trend color block punch and superior handmade Scottish craftsmanship.

And if this beauty can muster the violent weather of those fair isles, just imagine its durability in your hometown. Bagpipes sold separately.

Hancock Stone and Navy Colorblock Macintosh

Burberry Prorsum

Fire engine red and just as sleek and hot, this Spring 2014 Burberry Prorsum jacket is inspired by the works of English painter and photographer David Hockney. With a convenient drawstring hood, snap over placket and bonded interior seaming, you remain dry while looking like a true work of art. No wonder Burberry has remained at the forefront of fashionable trench coat design since 1856.

Burberry Prorsum Red Bonded Cotton Hooded Raincoat


For the stylish guy who wants a designer raincoat that won’t completely dampen his budget, this rugged coated canvas number from Stutterheim is sure to fit the bill.

Alexander Stutterheim started his namesake brand after discovering his grandfather’s sleek slicker. Inspired, he updated the style for a modern, slim fit without any superfluous bells and whistles. Handmade and individually stamped by the producing seamstress, this "Stockholm" bad boy keeps you safe from the storm while maintaining a streamlined style.

Stutterheim Navy Coated Canvas "Stockholm" Raincoat

Don’t Leave Home Without It

Face it: an umbrella is an essential wardrobe addition. When it starts raining, you’re going to wish you had one handy. EDGE suggests keeping one in your bag at all times or at least at your desk for unplanned pour downs. And when you’ve got a stylish option, you’ll be proud to carry it about even if the sun happens to shine.

Paul Smith is the king of quirky British menswear (don’t believe us? Check out his exhibit at the Design Museum London for all his innovative creations), so it’s no surprise he would take the chance to sprinkle his umbrella with umbrellas. The wood curved cane handle also features a logo carving for an extra splash of designer cool.

Paul Smith Black Umbrella Print Umbrella

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen never missed a chance to incorporate rich, gothic imagery or theatrics into even the most everyday piece and Sarah Burton has carried on that tradition.

This collapsible umbrella, with its rakish antiqued silver tone skull handle proves once again the devil is in the details. Convenient to store and with style to spare, you’d be out of your skull to buy one of those flimsy $3 street umbrellas ever again.

Alexander McQueen Black Collapsible Umbrella with Silver Skull Handle

Jean Paul Gaultier x Guy de Jean

Light up even the gloomiest skies in this neon green and black parapluie perfection between two French fashion forces. Guy de Jean is a family-run Parisian parasol company known for its mix of powerful prints and fabulous French frills. Jean Paul Gaultier, meanwhile, needs no introduction with his career of dressing pop divas from Madonna to Kylie Minogue in his androgynous and playful couture.

The meeting of the minds results in this electric umbrella that’s part raver Day-Glo, part Rorschach test. Either way, it will make an impression and helps it so no one mistakes your umbrella for theirs.

Jean Paul Gaultier x Guy de Jean Black and Neon Green Printed "Flash 2" Umbrella

There’s more! Next page for rainy day extras.

Rainy Day Extras

Anyone who’s tried to dress up in bad weather knows the wind and rain can make your look all wet. Avoid fly-aways and damp for days with this clever heavyweight sterling silver hook tie bar from Miansai.

Founder and creative director Michael Saiger started with a single bracelet and has built a men’s accessory empire sold throughout 36 stylish countries. We love that every piece is handmade in the U.S.A. You’ll love that your tie looks just as polished as when you left the house.

Miansai Sterling Silver Hook Tie Bar


Leave it to Prada to make a bad situation look good. Through the raised jacquard motif, purveyor of Italian cool Miuccia Prada nods at a moment that might make a man losehis cool: hailing a taxi in the rain. While that experience has proven far from sophisticated for many, this tie will have you looking pulled together no matter what comes your way. Just make sure you add that tie bar above to keep it dry and dapper!

Prada Navy Raincoat and Taxi Silk Twill Tie


Don’t call it a fanny pack. Trust us - this leather and nylon belt pack from esteemed French fashion powerhouse Lanvin will be a godsend when the storm hits the fan. Fill it with the day’s essentials and not a drop of moisture will hit it under the protective layer of your trench coat.

And if you need to slip into the pockets for your wallet, the water-resistant nylon will keep all your treasures safe. This is how a modern, urban man gets it done in the face of weather adversity.

Lanvin Black Leather and Nylon Belt Pack

Rite in the Rain Notebook

Whether you are taking phone numbers, making to-do lists or jotting down article ideas to pitch to your editor (ahem), there’s always a reason for a notebook to be handy. But it can get messy in a maelstrom. Luckily, Rite in the Rain has created a notebook where not only is the cover rain resistant but the lined notebook paper is, too! You can take any pencil or pen right to the paper even wet.

Originally developed for loggers in rain-drenched Pacific Northwest, this Tacoma, Washington brand still proudly makes everything in the U.S.A. and is up-cycled: the cover is made from recycled shampoo and milk bottles and all "production scraps" are re-used within the energy-efficient factory. Write on!

Rite in the Rain Water-Resistant Notebook

Mac Smith Mac Smith is a New York City based fashion writer who has never met a cat, coat or cake he didn't love. Follow him on Instagram at @macsmith1218 and Twitter at @itcantallbedior.


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