A British festival could hardly be a British festival without at least one major downpour. Whether you're headed to Glasto, Bestival or one of our favourite niche festivals, packing clever really pays off when the heavens open.
If you want to ensure you're looking effortlessly sharp in the midst of a rainstorm, up to the ankles in mud and 5 pints down, investing in one great piece of wet weather gear will stand you in very good sartorial stead. The key is keeping things functional, while steering clear of the whole crumpled “kag in a bag”, “mac in a pack” horror show. Here are 5 admirable raincoats which will serve you very well...
This sleek, minimalistic raincoat from Herno is an investment in beautiful design. The Herno brand, founded by Giusppe Marenzi in 1948, has been creating impeccable raincoats for decades, offering style and functionality in abundance. With invisible pockets, pared back tailoring and in a dusty shade of blue, this is a great piece of high-performance outerwear which will ensure you look good, even when it's raining cats and dogs.
And now for something completely different. If you have a taste for bolder fashion and find yourself drawn to prints, the festival field is the perfect place to have your fashion fun. This floral print windbreaker from youthful Italian brand MSGM maintains a masculine edge with a strong form and a “camouflage” colour palette, while revelling in an out-there, vintage-feel floral print.
Also available in forest green and in black, Acne Studio's Wilfred raincoat is an easy wear with instantly recognisable style credentials. Featuring a drawstring hood, zip front pockets and long sleeves, this puppy will keep you dry and on-the-money sartorially speaking.
Rains are a Danish brand who have been fighting Denmark's downpours in style for years. Specialising in impeccable outerwear which looks just as good as it performs, the company are gaining a following worldwide and their designs are especially well-suited to the “Great” British weather. Take this long-line, modern classic for example. Spot on.
Scandinavians certainly know a thing or two about wet weather style. Swedish raincoat specialists Stutterheim offer a handful of beautiful, tailored cuts in an amazing rainbow of colours. We especially love this charcoal version made from thick, rubberised cotton with double bonded seams. With no lining, this is the perfect cool coat for dancing in the rain. An elegant solution. We're pretty keen on their hi-shine opal range too.
Love our raincoat picks? What's your favourite? Perhaps you've spotted something even better – share it with other readers on the Base London Facebook group. Alternatively, stock up on festival appropriate footwear in the Base London online store.