As Caspar was born in the middle of a hot summer, it took me a while to realise that something I entirely neglected to put on my (what I thought was a bullet-proof) pre-baby wish list, was a practical raincoat. One that can be kept in the car and thrown on over any type of outfit, in any season.
Until the wet Autumn rolled in, I just hadn’t quite thought through how I was going to shield myself from the British weather with my trusty Cath Kidston umbrella, at the same time as pushing a rather large pram – and getting it, plus what feels like all of my worldly possessions, as well as the baby in/out of the house and/or car.
Yet my search for a suitable raincoat, when I actually got round to doing it, wasn’t quite as straight forward as I had hoped. For my money, there are a few non-negotiable essentials I require in a coat:
- It has to have a hood
- It has to be able to pack down into the pram basket, so no bulky linings
- It has to actually be waterproof – beware the term “showerproof”
- It has to be able to go with anything, in all seasons
- It has to have some modicum of style, even if it’s just a fitted waist or pretty lining.
You would be amazed (or perhaps not, if you have walked this soggy path before), how few options this actually leaves. So here’s a selection of options that I feel match the above criteria:
- Haven Prime Jacket by Joules
The King of the Raincoat – you can’t go wrong with Joules, but I particularly like this modern floral number
- Curve Jacket by Rains
This Danish brand does waterproof very well. If you live locally to Winchester, they are stocked at the lovely Long Barn in Alresford.
- Mosebacke by Stutterheim
An ultra-luxe version, but should last a lifetime.
- Downpour Mac by Seasalt
- Rain Coat by H&M
A more purse-friendly option.
As always, I love to hear of other tried and tested recommendations, so please do get in touch!