April showers bring May flowers, but that doesn’t mean May (or the rest of the year, for that matter) won’t be just as rainy. As much as we would prefer to crawl back into bed on a wet and gloomy morning, we have to bite the bullet and go on with our work days.
Of course, the importance of outerwear is indisputable—it’s crucial in keeping us dry on our commute, and isn’t just a stylish afterthought like some more climate-fortunate places might consider it to be. After all, no one likes showing up to the office soaked to the bone. Let us also not forget that festival season officially kicked off at last week’s SXSW, and we all know, just too well from our personal experience, the importance of rainwear during an outdoor music event. With showers making things messy (quite literally if you’re in the middle of a field that over time turns into a pool of mud), the only way to truly enjoy a rainy concert is sans wet clothes.
While some may think of raincoats as frumpy and drab, as of late, many designers have begun to focus on outerwear that’s not only functional but chic as well. We rounded up some of the cutest and solidly rainproof outerwear to protect you from Mother Nature (and keep your hair looking fresh with some of these styles too). From capes and windbreakers to trench coats, click through the gallery to check out the 17 picks that will make you want to get caught in the rain.