5 WATERPROOF JACKETS
By Steven Potter, 13 April 2019
We can’t talk weatherproof looks without mentioning The North Face. Although adopted by hypebeasts as the outerwear brand of choice, TNF’s roots are planted firmly in practical, outdoorsy gear. Earthy tones are one of SS19’s most popular colourways and this jacket in a desert-style camo print rocks the neutral vibe in a punchier manner. Team with some khaki cargo trousers to add a utility-inspired edge and grab some kicks with a cleated, overblown sole to keep the outdoorsy levels spiking.
Sticking with the outdoorsy vibe is this next drop from Napapijri. Pastel hues are big news this season and this blue option is a one-piece way of tapping straight into the washed-out movement. Even better, it's water-repellent with taped seams, which means no water’s getting in, even in the harshest of rain storms. Pair with some skinny black jeans to match the accents in the logo and cop some hiker-style boots for extra protection from the elements.
In terms of climate-beating gear, Helly Hansen are really up there. Updated with 90s styling references, this bold, colour-blocked jacket is ideal for channelling those all-important throwback vibes. Pair with a Helly logo tee in an equally bright colourway, mid-wash jeans and chunky trainers with bright accents for standing out against overcast skies.
For a sportier edge, you can always rely on Nike to come through. With a throwback, colour-blocked finish, with bright-white highlights and Swoosh, the jacket above can brighten up your spring look without going too OTT. It’s fully waterproof, so team with some light-wash skinny jeans and classic Air Max sneaks for an easy off-duty look that keeps you dry, too. Alternatively, chuck it on during your springtime runs to keep you dry and comfortable when you're pounding that pavement.
Wax-jacket specialists and synonymous with outdoor garms, Barbour is one of the OG brand when it comes to rain-taming gear. Another one for the neutral fans, this colour-blocked option is fully waterproof and breathable, which means you won’t be sweating it out running for that bus in the middle of a downpour. Opt for a printed tee underneath and lighter-coloured chinos for a classic spring look. As we’re talking rain gear, pick up some leather trainers (for easy maintenance) or boots – depending if you’re city or country-bound.