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When it rains, it pours, even sartorially. Thank Alasdhair Willis, husband of fashion darling Stella McCartney, for the recent surge in stylish rainwear options. The creative director at the British label Hunter has been at the helm of the heritage brand since 2013, updating the underserved category to create a new interest in dressing well for bad weather. Now, others are following in his footsteps. From Toronto brand Trout Rainwear's two-tone, waterproof cape to the Paris-based line Wanda Nylon's shimmering lightweight parka, this is gear for those who don't mind a downpour or three.
It’s all in the details: This snappy coat has a leopard-print lining that can be exposed with a roll of the generously cut sleeves.
Jane Post cropped slicker jacket, $325, Fulton Birdcage Bubble umbrella, $30 at Raindrops (www.raindropsto.com). Topshop thigh-high socks, $12, Topshop dress, $130, Shelly’s London platform shoe, $90 at Hudson’s Bay (www.thebay.ca). Ribbed mock neck, price on request through www.cosstores.com.
A new Vancouver-based brand, Downpour Rain, is making umbrellas with utilitarian features such as a fibreglass frame and chic details including a leather closure strap.
Sacai Luck skirt, $685, Celine ribbed long sleeve, $840, Kenneth Jay Lane pearl neck cuff, $75 at Holt Renfrew (www.holtrenfrew.com). Jil Sander Navy striped jacket, $1,095 at Gravity Pope (www.gravitypope.com). Cougar rain shoes, $85 at Raindrops (www.raindropsto.com). Ankle socks, $9 at American Apparel (www.americanapparel.net). Fluro umbrella, $60 through www.downpourrain.com.
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Don’t let blustery weather turn your day inside out: This Senz umbrella has a patented aerodynamic shape to prevent flipping and can withstand gusts of up to 100 kilometres per hour.
Nylon raincoat, skirt, marled socks, price on request through www.hunterboots.com. Canvas Commando boots, $175 through ca.hunterboots.com. Beth Richards Fel top, $130 at Gravity Pope (www.gravitypope.com). Senz Original storm umbrella, $116 through www.nordstrom.com.
A detachable hood and waterproof taped seams make this take on the traditional fisherman’s jacket a stylish yet sensible wardrobe staple.
T by Alexander Wang rain jacket, cropped turtleneck, price on request through www.alexanderwang.com. Carven shorts, $765 through www.net-a-porter.com. D by D bucket hat, $70 at Nomad (www.nomadshop.net).
Spacey, high-gloss nylon goes from 1960s novelty to modern must-have thanks to the sportswear detailing and contemporary silhouette of this jacket.
Alice & Olivia dress, $730, Topshop cuff, $28 at Hudson’s Bay (www.thebay.com). Nike Free TR 5 sneaker, $140 at Holt Renfrew (www.holtrenfrew.com). Jacket, price on request through www.wandanylon.fr. Creation Almar hat, price on request at Raindrops (www.raindropsto.com).
A double-faced, polyurethane blend makes this chic Canadian-made cape both water-repellent and breathable.
Sevan Cape jacket, $545 through www.troutrainwear.com. Yoshi Kondo striped dress, $270 at Gravity Pope (www.gravitypope.com). Aigle Miss Juliette rain boots, $180 at Good Neighbour (www.goodnbr.com). Guy de Jean umbrella, $150 at Raindrops (www.raindropsto.com). Topshop thigh-high socks, $12 at Hudson’s Bay (www.thebay.com).