It's true that, as Longfellow wrote, "Into each life, some rain must fall." But that doesn't mean you have to cancel your plans or walk around in it like a drowned rat.
Rain gear has come a long way since galoshes and yellow slickers and umbrellas that turn inside out with the wind, leaving you high and dry. Okay, definitely not dry.
Here are 10 great-looking options that will come through for you when the skies open up. If you think they're simply fair-weather friends, well, you're all wet.
Cover My Heart Umbrella from Olive & Cocoa
Cover My Heart Umbrella from Olive & Cocoa — Photo courtesy of Olive & Cocoa
We heart this giant, pepper red umbrella. Windproof, and generously measuring in at around 43” x 39”, it’s so roomy and sturdy, it will keep two of you protected from even the stormiest conditions. If only every heart could be this big and unbreakable.
Joan Rain Wedge Boots from SOREL
Joan Rain Wedge Boot from SOREL — Photo courtesy of SOREL
The perfect mix of form and fashion, these lightweight, waterproof boots manage to make a major style statement while diligently doing their job. Don’t let that super cute wedge throw you off – these beauties are designed to handle heavy rain. And because they’re made by SOREL, you know your feet are in good hands.
Weatherproof Leather Original Briefcase from Filson
Weatherproof Leather Original Briefcase from Filson — Photo courtesy of Filson
Since 1897, Filson has been the go-to outfitter for outdoor enthusiasts. We’re talking heirloom quality pieces. To ensure their bags last for generations, they recently launched a new Weatherproof collection, working with century-old Wicket & Craig to develop a new vegetable-tanned proprietary leather that’s lightweight, highly durable and able to withstand the elements.
This version of their highly-coveted Original Briefcase will act as protector to everything you put in it. Plus, did we mention it’s gorgeous?
Chelsea Boots from Roma
Chelsea Lace from Roma Boots — Photo courtesy of Roma Boots
Roma is all about “Giving poverty the boot,” and they donate a pair of rain boots to kids in need with every pair sold. In seven years, they’ve donated more than 50,000 pairs to children in 25 countries. If you haven’t already fallen in love with Roma for their social consciousness, you’ll be smitten by the boots themselves.
You’ll want the bestselling Chelsea in every color, with laces and without, and because with each purchase you’re basically buying a child a pair of boots, there’s no reason not to give in to temptation.
The Weldon from Nobis
The Weldon from Nobis — Photo courtesy of Nobis
This Canadian company knows about extreme weather and they’ve redefined outerwear, refusing to sacrifice style for substance. The result is a collection of luxury pieces like this sophisticated men’s raincoat with a classic silhouette, impeccable tailoring and meticulous detailing.
It’s got lots of pockets – including an inner zipped one – an adjustable hood and a mesh liner for enhanced breathability. It’s enough to make you want to move to someplace like Seattle so you can wear it all the time.
The Campaign Bag from Stuart & Lau
The Campaign Bag from Stuart & Lau — Photo courtesy of Stuart & Lau
This stunning bag is crafted from waterproof nylon twill and has so many great features, you’ll want to take it everywhere, rain or shine. It’s got tons of room, including a padded laptop sleeve, so you can fit all your stuff.
It also has the brand’s signature umbrella slot, as well as an ingenious slide-thru-sleeve built into the back panel so you can attach the bag to your rolling luggage. Stuart & Lau bags may be designed for men but don’t be surprised to find them on the arms of some of the most fashion-forward – and practical – women.
Peony Rain Boot from Bernardo
Peony Rain Boot — Photo courtesy of Bernardo
It can be challenging to look professional when you’re dodging raindrops and trying to avoid water stains on your pumps. The elegant 1.5” heel, criss-cross ankle embellishment and side loop detail belie the strong work ethic of these sophisticated boots from the iconic Bernardo. With all-over rubber to keep your feet dry, a cushioned footbed for comfort and a slip-proof rubber traction sole, you'll find it reassuring to know they'll work as hard as you do.
Floating Waterproof Snapback from Everyday California
Floating Waterproof Hat from Everyday California — Photo courtesy of Everyday California
Let’s face it: you wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a rain hat. This one, disguised as a baseball cap, is a much cooler alternative. Although it may never rain in Southern California, the Golden State company behind it definitely understands a thing or two about water.
Designed for adventurers, this new addition to the line keeps your head dry whether you’re sailing, paddling or you just get caught in an unexpected shower. And if it happens to fall into a puddle, the good news is it floats.
Stow & Go Rain Coat from Vineyard Vines
Stow & Go Rain Coat from Vineyard Vines — Photo courtesy of Vineyard Vines
Somehow, rainy days are cozier in beautiful coastal towns, where you’re there for the water anyway. This preppy rain jacket conjures up visions of lazy summer afternoons on Martha’s Vineyard, and makes you feel like an islander yourself. It comes in a rich Deep Bay with sailor stripe detailing, and is machine-washable and quick-drying. Lightweight and breathable, it’s easy to smush into a tote and head off for a weekend at the beach.
Reverse Smart Umbrella from Patrizia Luca
The Reverse Smart Umbrella — Photo courtesy of Patrizia Luca
You know how you usually end up soaked when you get into a car and close your umbrella? This reverse closing design eliminates that problem by directing the water away from you. Smart? It’s brilliant. Double-layered and wind-resistant, the umbrella comes in four vibrant color combinations and features an ergonomic handle that makes it easy to text or arrange a Lyft to get you out of the rain.