When it rains, it pours! And it usually comes down in April. You’ll look your best even in a deluge when you don a traditional raincoat. Because let’s face it, there are days when your spring jacket ain’t gonna cut it. A classic trench will elevate your office or date night put-together, and you won’t arrive looking like a drowned rat. A raincoat is a smart investment and a grown-up wardrobe staple, so we pulled together this edit of classic styles to help you channel your inner Humphrey Bogart. Here’s looking at you kid.
Cole Haan Classic Topper Jacket
Today’s raincoats are streamlined like this Classic Topper Jacket from Cole Haan. While the original trench coats sported epaulets and vents, this raincoat has clean lines and is made of water-repellant bonded cotton with a hidden button placket. Perfect for a rainy commute.
Bonobos The Trench Coat
It doesn’t take much detective work to figure out that the baggy, slouchy raincoats worn by Dick Tracy and Columbo have given way to slimmer, better fitting styles. We love this Bonobos version belted and cinched at the waist. Or for a more casual, looser look, you can tie the belt in the back. And this topper is unlined so you won’t overheat.
Brooks Brothers Double-breasted Khaki Trench
Calling all investment bankers and stockbrokers, yes, you can wear a double-breasted style like your Dad, and his Dad did. But be sure to pay attention to the length. A double-breasted trench coat can be a lot of fabric for shorter men. You don’t want to look like your being swallowed up by your raincoat. This Brooks Brother’s classic has a removable split-quilted wool lining for added warmth.
Uniqlo Blocktech Convertible Collar Coat
You can get this raincoat for under a hundred bucks without sacrificing style or innovation. Ideal for business wear, it’s made of a cotton and polyester blend on steroids. It’s water-repellent, waterproof, windproof, stretchy and breathable. It’s tailored yet roomy enough to throw over and cover a suit jacket.
Gap Clean Mac Jacket
If you’re a new grad or a guy that only rocks a raincoat just a few times a year, this Mac Jacket from the Gap is an excellent choice. It’s affordable and won’t go out of style after a season. And remember earlier when we told you the length of your trench is important? Hitting at the upper thigh, you won’t look like your drowning in fabric wearing this raincoat. It’s perfect for shorter guys.