Ah, rain. It's an inevitability if you live in the UK. Thankfully, we've hunted down a slew of rainy-day outfits that prove that it is possible to out-style a downpour. Many a time, have we walked out of the house on the way to the office without an umbrella, a decent jacket or even a bag that will save our outfits from the dreaded drowned-rat syndrome. But because we've done this so many times, we're accustomed to knowing what to put on when the skies start to darken.
From selecting the right jacket, be it trench coat or cagoule, to ensuring that our trousers are just slightly cropped (when they soak up puddles, it's officially the worst), we have a host of outfit ideas that are sure to protect you from looking like you got caught in the rain (even if you did). Click through our gallery for some chic outfit ideas, plus where to shop the best weatherproof pieces too.
Style Notes: Yasmin Sewell shows that the number one rule when it comes to wet-weather dressing (besides carrying an umbrella), is to make sure your jeans are cropped, with hems nowhere near puddles.
Style Notes: A key item you always need in the rain? A trench coat, of course. Make sure you're warm enough by layering up with a cashmere jumper.
Style Notes: White is the worst thing you can wear in the rain, but that rule doesn't apply to accessories, as editors used white shoes at the soggy Paris Fashion Week in February to make looks more interesting. As for handbags, stick to crossbody bags that can stay tucked under your umbrella.
Style Notes: To preserve your neat tailoring, look for a sturdy, oversized umbrella that won't blow inside out or get into a tangled mess.
Style Notes: We all know the power of the classic trench coat, but Alexa Chung shows another winner is a wipe-clean PVC coat. This is lightweight too, so you can wear it all year round.
Style Notes: White may be a wet-weather no-no, but when head-to-toe black feels a little wintery, opt for grey to match the skies.
Style Notes: Cagoules aren't just for wet camping holidays in Wales.
Style Notes: Want to wear your favourite white tee in the rain? Combat the potential see-through problem by wearing an all-black outfit. But make it exciting with an interesting jacket.
Style Notes: When it comes to footwear, patent ankle boots are your friend. If you're attending a wedding or smart event in monsoon-like conditions, follow Alexa Chung's lead and pair your frock with an oversized trench and patent boots (store your best shoes in your handbag).
Style Notes: When it comes to trench coats, nothing beats the classic.
Style Notes: Okay, not great for jumping in big puddles (although you're probably not doing that, right?), but flat loafers are ideal for not slipping around. You'll also be meeting-ready, so there'll be no awkward swapping wellie-to-heels situations.
Style Notes: When you're running around in the rain, the last thing you want to worry about is hoisting your bag back on your shoulder. Opt for a crossbody version so you have your hands free.
Style Notes: Not keen on a cagoule or trench? Perhaps a vinyl jacket is more up your street.
The high street does a great version of the classic.
Sensible but also chic.
For heavy downpours, this is what you're after.
Well done to Ellery for creating the coat of our dreams.
A simple black umbrella with a skull on the bottom.
Not into hoods? Hunter can sort that for you.
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Liven up a rainy day with this umbrella.
We've had our eye on this for a while.
No pesky long hems getting damp.
When all else fails, just make sure that you have a pair of wellies to keep your feet dry.
Next upL the best ankle boots to shop this winter.