Will transparent raincoats be the new classic?
The rain will always come and someone will always get caught in it. In order to deal with the rain, we need something that keep us dry. A raincoat is, therefore, a piece of clothing that everyone needs.
Krickl's side: There is no coincidence that the raincoat became particularly popular in areas where it rains hard and often. The original raincoat is called the Mackintosh coat, patented by Scottish chemist Charles Macintosh in 1823. This particular coat is made of a cotton fabric, coated with rubber and was manufactured in Glasgow. The somewhat lighter, Klepp coat, also uses a waterproof fabric thanks to a rubber coating that comes from Germany, a country which is also quite humid. This coat has the advantage and property that makes it breathable, so less sweating.
Unfortunately, the Klepp coat was replaced by the PVC raincoat from the fifties onwards, a jacket where you sweat quite easily. The PVC coat is usually colourful and both children and adults wear it - one of the few items of clothing that are equally common in all age groups. But, of course, not everyone likes to march through gloomy days with brightly glowing rainwear. Although the PVC raincoat fulfils its purpose, it loses all practical use as soon as it stops raining. And as rain is quite unpredictable, starting suddenly, slowing down quickly and finally leaving you dry. Now you have to walk around with a useless raincoat and hope that the sun doesn’t come out, too.
Is the yellow raincoat actually a fashion must-have?
For men, the raincoat works like this: the raincoat is an eyecatcher, so keep the rest of the outfit simple, leaving the attention completely on the raincoat. Try black, noble trousers, a black turtleneck sweater and even black shoes are recommended here. If the (yellow) raincoat is not worn from a fashionable perspective, but simply as a cover to protect against heavy rain, then of course it's perfectly ok!
Isabelle's side: We all know those rainy summer days, when it’s pouring, but not cold. Maybe you’re even wearing a great outfit and don’t want to cover it up with a heavy duty rain coat. Well, this rain coat solves your stylish summer outfit problem.
LOVERAIN by Nadia Kirpa is a Latvian-based fashion company that focuses on high quality rain wear for women. They don’t make your standard beige Burberry or yellow raincoat, instead they focus on unique designs that actually make you want it to rain.
Let’s talk specifically about the transparent raincoat. The lining is what takes this raincoat to the next level. If this is too simple for you, they have one with pink details and a fur embellished sleeve for some extra fun. The reason I could go on about these transparent raincoats is that you don’t have to worry about them ruining your outfit. I mean, you can be wearing a fabulous outfit, wear a coat over it and still show it off. How cool is that?
The raincoat is made from vinyl and the lining is artificial leather, so it does in fact also keep you warm and dry for when it does actually rain. The wide hood is another great feature, so you don’t even need an umbrella (unless it’s raining sideways).
You have very likely not worn a transparent raincoat before, so here’s how to wear it. You’d never think of wearing vinyl to work, but it's so simple:
Just wear your classic trousers and work blazer. Pair with killer heels and a statement purse, throw your transparent raincoat over (which matches your purse so nicely) and off to the office we go! It doesn’t need to get any fancier than that, because it matches any outfit you're wearing. The pink one is a little trickier, but you just have to make sure that the pink details go with your other colors.