3 shop drop: summer rain coats

This is not the post I had planned to share this week. Oh no, I was going to pen my thoughts on the latest sunnies, what summer sandals we should all be wearing and maybe even a little feature on strappy sun dresses. And then it rained.

Now, I’m not a great one for practicality. I don’t own a hardcore Gore-tex (not since I completed the Duke of Edinburgh Award back in ’96, when I was actually scaling mountains). I personally don’t feel that my London lifestyle requires an all-weather coat with superior advanced design techniques, so what’s available to me for when it downpours between meetings and the school run (IN JUNE?!!)  After some research, it appears some fabulous stores seem to remember that we live in the UK where it is persistently cloudy with a chance of rain and the odd spot of sunshine. I am grateful.


I can’t resist a snoop around this site and inevitably I’ll purchase something (it would be rude not to, right?!) But aside from affordable trend-led pieces, it’s also the home to many of my favourite brands, such as Ba&sh and Gestuz. However, I digress… you need a rain coat. Look no further. ASOS is the go-to for festival fashion… aka waterproof (yet fun) essentials.

Monki utility raincoat, £65 – BUY!

Mango Oversized premium mac, £139.99 – BUY!

Hunter Original festival raincoat, £145 – BUY!

2. M&S

Sometimes practical is good, but when it’s stylish too? Well, that’s just brilliant. And Marks & Spencer have come up trumps with their selection of summer coats made just for this crazy British weather. These garments come with Stormwear™ technology which keeps you dry with clever water repellent technology and Body Sensor™ technology is designed to keep you warm when it’s cool, and cool when it’s warm. Genius.

M&S shortie jacket with Stormwear™, £79 – BUY!

Autograph pure cotton anorak with Stormwear™, £119 – BUY!

Per Una cotton rich anorak with Stormwear™, £79 – BUY!

3. Urban Outfitters 

Whether you’re off to a festival or not (check Robyn’s beauty must-haves) , it’s good to be prepared with all the outdoor necessities (again, I’m talking fashion not actual necessities like a tent or… er… ?) . So yes, Urban Outfitters is the very place to get you started. In my case, there’s no festival on the horizon just a hazardous journey to the shops, but you know, at least Im prepared.

Light Before Dark cloudy rain mac, WAS £42, NOW £25 – BUY!

BDG casual olive green parka, WAS £79, NOW £25 – BUY!

BDG oversized fisherman anorak, WAS £42, NOW £30 – BUY!

Ashling McCloy


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