T.S. Eliot may have been onto something when he penned the phrase “April is the cruellest month.” As if celebrating fools on its first day and serving many of us with the realization that we owe far too many back taxes wasn’t enough, it is also a time that’s traditionally known for its showers – irksome spring rains that may later bring flowers, but in the meantime are a really nasty reminder that the recently awakened season still has some growing up to do.
And while we can’t avoid taxes (not to mention death, but that’s another story…) and may have to suffer fools gladly for the next 30 days starting tomorrow, there is at least a way to battle those blasted Fourth Month showers – and to do so in style.
Aside from an umbrella (or just staying inside), raincoats are your best buddies to protect against seasonal soakage. Lucky for us all, designers and brands are currently offering a spectacular assortment of handsome, flattering rainwear in modern, high-tech fabrics that truly repel water. Options range from the always-cool Mac (the pre-computer one!) to packable ponchos.
Here are 20 of my favorite raincoats – spanning a wide range of looks and prices – that will have you covered for at least 40 days and 40 nights of rain – and a whole lot more than that.