April showers bring May flowers. They also bring a crap-ton of perplexing wardrobe decisions. The looming threat of rain is one thing, and then you factor in temperature that can fluctuate between 40 and 80 degrees within a matter of hours. It makes figuring out what to wear particularly tough.
The key is versatility. You need clothes that won’t feel like a soggy paper towel if they get wet (because they WILL get wet) and that layer well so you can adjust to changing temps in style. To help you look good in the rain, we pulled together the best clothes for April showers in our new Lookbook.
1. LONDON UNDERCOVER CLASSIC UMBRELLA
It’s time to ditch that cheap umbrella that blows out 30 seconds after you open it. Yes, this version from London Undercover costs more. But you’re paying for quality. It has a sturdy maple shaft and handle and comes in this classic black watch tartan pattern.
2. OUTLIER SLIM DUNGAREES
Every day that it rains, I wear a pair of Outlier pants, and these slim dungarees are some of my favorite. They shed water easily and dry ridiculously fast (even that part over your calf that inevitably gets soaked when you walk through the rain). The pants have a slim fit but are cut to allow you to move freely.
3. BARBOUR WAX SPORT HAT
The same waxed cotton that makes Barbour’s jackets so reliable when the weather turns ugly is used on this simple yet classic bucket hat. It provides the coverage you need to head outside and the style you need to look good when you get where you’re going.
4. A.P.C. BOY SWEATER
Merino wool is basically nature’s performance fabric which is one reason why makes this lightweight sweater from A.P.C. the ideal layering piece for spring. It also looks amazing. The yarn is printed to create a subtle variation in the color that really makes it stand out.
5. PATAGONIA BLACK HOLE MESSENGER BAG
Global travelers have long relied on Patagonia’s Black Hole duffel bags to protect what’s inside from the elements outside. That durable water repellant fabric is also used on this messenger bag so that you don’t have to worry about your laptop getting waterlogged on your commute. It has lots of internal organizers and a padded sleeve for your computer. There is also a pad on the rear panel so that it rests comfortably on your back.
6. RAPHA CUTTER’S SHIRT
Built for bike commuters, this shirt looks handsome whether you push pedals or not. It has a covered placket (the place where the buttons go) which gives it a more modern look and is designed with a quick-drying cotton that has just the right amount of stretch to it.
7. NANAMICA GORE-TEX SHORT SOUTIEN COLLAR COAT
Japanese brand Nanamica uses highly technical fabrics and tailors them into classic styles. This Gore-Tex trench coat has taped seams to prevent any water from seeping through and a detachable hood for when it’s really pouring. The off-white color is a great update to the traditional tan.
8. NATIVE JIMMY MID BOOT
A pair of Wellies are great if you’re stomping around in the country, but you’ll look a little ridiculous showing up in knee-high rubber boots at the office. The Native Jimmy Mid are the perfect compromise. They have a rubber upper to keep your feet dry and a microfiber lining for warmth. But the midcut length means they’ll blend in well with just about any outfit. The EVA foam also makes the boots ridiculously light.