As John Lennon sang in The Beatles, psychedelic masterpiece I Am The Walrus; ‘Sitting in an English garden waiting for the sun. If the sun don't come. You get a tan from standing in the English rain.’
And so it is that our best time of the year for sunshine is almost always interrupted by some long periods of precipitation, so instead of running for cover, why not use it as another opportunity to show some style?
It really is the toss of a coin to decide which comes first though, the rain coat or the brolly?!?!?
Colour no longer being an issue with either, long gone are the days when black or blue were the only choices of umbrella colourings and rain coats are now a rainbow of choice.
So why not kick things off with a Norse Projects Elka classic which comes in yellow, grey or black. The technology in this little wonder is aplenty, made in collaboration with Elka Regntoj, a Danish rainwear specialist.
Everything adjustable and sealed, with zip and button front on the Elka is guaranteed for battling the bad weather and has an amazing rubberised feel to the outer which allows for a flexible jacket that repels with assured ease.
A more standard style rain coast comes in the shape of the Patagonia Torrentshell, which in many ways says it all in the name. This is more of a Pac-a-mac style, which has all technical innovations than your average Caractacus Potts invention.
H2NO performance shell with waterproofing and breathability as standard the main functions here are comfort, warmth, and practicality, with hand warming pockets drawstring hem and ease of storage. It’s all very impressive and comes in some nice colours as well; Forge grey, navy rain and Viking blue.
For colour, value and classic pac-a-mac/windcheater design you can always rely on the K-Way. Born in Paris in the 60s as an alternative to running away from the rain in soaked clothes, the K-Way was invented. The jacket, that comes in all colours of the rainbow is a zip through, ventilated ‘unisex’ and is practical and stylish.
Now naming something after then job it does always strikes me as good idea and so it is with Rains clothing's jackets, they do exactly what they say on the tin or label.
Similar in looks and style as the aforementioned Norse Projects, button through, drawstring hood, hand pockets and similar vibrant or muted colour ways; yellow and black for the Jacket, with the Breaker with zipped hand pockets coming black and blue and the Long jacket being, well the longer version, in navy or green and of course the incredible Camo. Why complicate a good idea?!!
So you donned your jacket, hooded or not a brolly is still a good idea and especially if they look as good as the London Undercover ones. And just think if the sun does actually shine, you can use one as a parasoll.
Once again the colour choices are a plenty from this quality English handmade label.
The brands’ Lifesaver range, which is inspired by the ‘colours of the British Life Boat Rescue. The City Gent which comes in olive, camouflage, navy or dark grey this one really caught my eye and then grey. Beech wood shaft and Malacca handle and contrast button fastener, keeping dry has never looked so stylish.
The Whangee Cane Crook brolly, which is offered in range in orange or navy or dark grey and folds into a compact size with outer sleeve for convenience with a Whangee bamboo cane handle.
The black on black Houndstooth and Watch Tartan umbrellas are made using recycled materials, with the iconic tartan and check featured on the inside of the brolly, with London Undercover logo etched on the handle.
You could get all Gene Kelly with anyone of this lot and start Singing in the Rain, and it doesn’t come down it is always better to be prepared.