Rain, rain, go away! 10 jackets to help you stay dry this spring

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“There’s a drought,” scream the water companies. “It won’t stop raining,” lament the rest of us.

If it weren’t for the fact we Brits are well versed in disappointing summers, we’d no doubt be outraged or suicidal by the current state of affairs. As it stands we’re just doing as we always do and coping with the duck-friendly weather.

While an umbrella is an obvious necessity during the inclement conditions, owning a lightweight raincoat or suitable spring alternative is also a vital tool in the fight to stay dry.

Quidblog picks out 10 jackets for guys that we think are worth singing in the rain about…

The Trench Coat

The trench is a classic defence against April showers. Suitably smart to throw over a suit on the commute to work and as an added layer to battle the morning cold, it’s also perfect for dressing down at the weekend paired with sneakers and jeans.

A staple of men’s fashion since the First World War, the variety of styles and materials available mean that there is something for everyone.

Big buy: Aquascutum / Corby Raincoat / Black / £700 (via John Lewis)

Budget buy: Topman / Full Length Belted Mac / Navy / £75

The Windbreaker

If you’re the kind of chap who indulges in a morning jog, or regular trips to the gym, your best bet to combat the weather is a windbreaker.

The best versions are the ones you barely feel, the skin-like layers of waterproof material that weigh next to nothing and somehow stave off everything but the Mayan Apocalypse.

Bright examples by major sportswear brands are terrific for pairing with casual clothing, while more-understated darker samples look great with v-neck sweaters and jeans.

Big buy: Adidas / Porsche Design Storm Jacket / Navy / £460

Budget buy: Uniqlo / Comfort Mix Sport Jacket / White / £29.90

The Rain Mac

Want to stay stylish and dry? Then perhaps you should try a macintosh.

While many might think they lack the polished credentials of a trench coat, it is the simplicity of rain macs which makes them attractive to those in favour of a minimalist look.

No lapels, no belt, no epaulets, no giant pockets…just a straight-cut look which does the job.

Big buy: Reiss / “Walker” Zip Through Raincoat / Putty / £235

Budget buy: Uniqlo / Cotton Single Breasted Coat / Black or Beige / £99

The Quilted Jacket

Whether you’re in town for business or out in the countryside, the quilted jacket is a perfect outerlayer for those cooler spring days.

Made famous by Barbour who’ve kitted out farmers and city boys alike, the diamond-patterned nylon design is very much en vogue at the moment.

Featuring corduroy collars, available in a wide range of colours and fits and often machine washable, they’re a very useful and versatile addition to any male wardrobe.

Big buy: Barbour / Helvelyn Quilted Jacket / Black / £99.95

Budget buy: Topman / Aztec Quiltedf Jacket / Navy / £35.00

The Waxed Jacket

Seafaring folk have been using oil and grease to weatherproof sailcloth for centuries and it’s their knowhow which eventually inspired brands like Belstaff and Barbour to protect their jackets with a protective wax.

Giving them toughness as well as resin-sheen, they age beautifully and never go out of fashion. Indeed if you do decide to purchase one at the high end of the market you can be sure you’ll get years of use.

Big buy: Belstaff / Karala Jacket/ Black / £429.99 (via Accent Clothing)

Budget buy: Suit / Samson Waxed Jacket / Navy / £110 (via Urban Outffiters)

 

If you're looking to pick up a new jacket this spring, remember you can earn cashback when buying any of the above. Be sure to check the retailers in the 'men's clothing' section on Quidco