Style To Defy The Downpours

There are rain clouds as far as the app can see. Time to kit yourself out, with our pick of the most enviable wet-weather gear around.

There are rain clouds on the forecast as far as the app can see and if like me, this makes you realise you still don’t quite have the wardrobe for it, this one’s for you dear reader. Carefully chosen for maximum coverage and style, here’s Muddy Cornwall’s pick of the most enviable wet-weather gear around.

I can’t pretend the words fashionable and waterproof frequently come hand in hand but it is possible to maintain a little dignity in the Cornish downpours.  A classic trench à la Burberry is all well and good but we need a hood don’t we? Otherwise a sowester’s in order and that’s never a good idea. Seasalt’s True North Mac (£160) is the best of both worlds, it’s smart enough for wet days in the city but tried and tested on Cornish cliff tops. Combine it with knee-high wellies and you’re almost completely covered.

A little more casual and with full style and technical credentials, is Finisterre’s Litus jacket (£150). It is lightweight and breathable with fully taped seams and is made from an eco-blend fabric with a smooth matt finish. In pillar box red (or navy if you insist), there’ll be no chance of losing you in a heavy sea fret.

French heritage label Aigle is another reliable go-to for element-battling style. Originally famous for its wellies, Aigle also has a big collection of raincoats and this short parka (€195) makes a perfect transitional jacket. Light enough for spring days but with a proper hood and waterproof seams, so you won’t be caught out by April showers.

Next, I have some outdoor footwear for you to ponder. I’m assuming you have wellingtons, so here are some alternatives to add to your dog walking/ cliff top rambling repertoire. Palladium’s lace-up high tops (£100) feature high on my wish list. They have the laidback appeal of your favourite Converse, with a little urban styling and are waterproof right down to the stitching. Then there are these rugged beauties from outdoor Aussie stalwart Blundstone. Reputedly, once you’ve tried these tough Tasmanian stompers, disguised as casual Chelsea boots (£150), you’ll never go back.

Timberland’s line of water-resistant boots are worth checking out too. Very popular in these parts, I bought the kids’ version of these myself at the end of last winter and love them for their cosy lining and durable soles (£99). And finally, I’ve cheated slightly with Ilse Jacobsen’s lace-up rubber ankle boots (€135) — these are sort of wellies but super-cool ones from Denmark (where all the best stuff comes from). She also makes hip rubber high tops that give rain boots a good name and make the perfect festival companions.

And before I head out (the weather’s cleared up, can you believe it?) here are a few accessories to complete your wet weather wardrobe: Luckies Waterproof Notebook (£12.95), Herschel Cheetah Camo Backpack (£72.53), Orla Kiely by Fulton Umbrella (£33) and Barbour Waxed Cotton Baker Boy Hat (£32.95).

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