WATERPROOF STYLE ESSENTIALS
Dip into the rainbow coat trend
Catwalks and stores alike are awash with technicolour raincoats this season. But one of the best around hails from a tiny island near Stockholm, Sweden. Brand founder Alexander Stutterheim based the design on his grandfather’s old ’60s coat but slimmed it down to make it, well, cooler. Yet despite Stutterheim’s fashionable status (it has recently collaborated with contemporary label Whistles), it’s no fairweather fad. “Their coats are the real deal and incredibly well-constructed,” confirms Selfridges’ menswear buying manager Luke Mountain. In other words, they’ll weather many more seasons to come.
Buy a brolly with some real welly
It’s time to stop pouring money into falsely economical umbrellas that break at the slightest gust. “A quality umbrella should have a long-lasting wooden shaft, strong steel-sprung ribs that won’t budge in the wind and a canopy that is stitched taut on the frame,” says Jamie Milestone, the graphic-designer-turned- founder of modern umbrella brand London Undercover. “Assess the fabric in the same way that you would with clothing: a cheap one will feel stiff like paper; a good-quality one will feel smooth and silky.” Plus, the more you spend on it, the less likely you’ll be to absent-mindedly leave it somewhere.
Yellow Umbrella £125, Blue Umbrella £110 and Orange Umbrella £95 all London Undercover; £225 Anderson & Sheppard
Adjust your timepiece to one that waits for no tide
￼￼The sea of diver’s watches available far exceeds the number of divers. That’s because they’re often more rigorously engineered than ones that just look good on the surface: reassuring when timing your oxygen supply and otherwise. Boasts of being water-resistant at 20,000 leagues are thus a useful dipstick of overall quality. Then there’s the form that follows function: oversized with big numbers in bright colours for legibility and toughness. The result is a striking, masculine piece, whether it has hidden technical depths or just looks like it.
Orange £57 Swatch; Yellow £130 G-Shock; Blue £835 Tissot
Stop carrying water weight
The rising tide of backpacks in recent seasons can be explained by high-end designers such as Lanvin and Givenchy making them in luxurious fabrics and taking them out of the playground. But more importantly, they’re just practical: an easier, safer way of carrying stuff that doesn’t knacker your arm or make you lopsided, and a hands-free device that frees you up to do other important things, like looking at your phone. These utilitarian rucksacks are specifically constructed to make light work of heavy rain – but still pack plenty of style.