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Raincoats: Fashion and practicality

If you live in a wet climate, you need a rain jacket! These are a great alternative to an umbrella; you'll have both hands free, and if yours has a hood, your hair will stay totally dry. If you're looking for something totally practical, you can get a lightweight raincoat made from nylon or a similar fabric. These often fold up, making them easy to tuck into your bag. They're a great choice if you're going hiking or doing something in nature, as they won't take up space and can easily be carried around with you. However, there are also plenty of fashionable choices that will ensure your raincoat turns heads everywhere you go.

Go back in time with retro women's raincoats

The 60s were really the golden age for stylish rain jackets. If you want to get a retro look, then draw inspiration from the models and starlets of Swinging London. Look for a swing shaped raincoat: It should have a slight bell outline, but without any kind of waist seam. This is particularly good for rectangular body shapes. The raincoats of the day were often made in bold, eye-catching colours. Yellow is the most classic colour for any rain jacket, but bright red is equally popular. Alternatively, go for baby pink. For bonus retro fashion points, look for a style with big buttons and seam details in a contrasting colour – for example, black trim with yellow or pink, or white on a red coat. Avoid dark colours like black or navy for the body of your coat. After all, you want to feel cheerful on a rainy day, right?

Making a statement with your raincoat

One of the best ways to use raincoats to draw attention is to go for a modern transparent style. These light, PVC coats sit over your regular clothes, allowing your outfit to be seen through for extra fashion points. Alternatively, look for a coat that will show off your figure. If you're an hourglass or pear shape, choose a raincoat with a belt. This will draw attention to your slender waist, allowing you to show yourself off. A raincoat is one of the best ways to add colour to your winter wardrobe, so don't be afraid to go bold. Wear it with a pair of leather boots and a warm scarf for cold weather charm.

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