Fashion & Beauty

Right as Rain

From left to right, J. Crew blush pink rain jacket, Helly Hansen’s W Aden long jacket and Joules’s Right as Rain Waterproof Hooded Jacket.

LATE-SPRING days soaked with heavy downpours have caused one of our fashion-savvy colleagues to send out an SOS. “Help, we need an ark!” Alternatively, how about some good-looking, lightweight raincoats and jackets?

We heard the call and rallied to the rescue with nine ways for taking cover from raindrops falling on our heads. No Noah needed.

—Janet Kelly

Made from a water-resistant blend of cotton and nylon is J. Crew’s Perfect Raincoat, above. With a hood and bungee-type adjustable waist, it’s also available  in marigold yellow. It’s $120 at


You can see the rain—and the rain can see you in Mango’s see-through hooded parka, above. It’s $129.99 at


Zara sibling Massimo Dutti is genius for jackets. This Technical Parka offers an adjustable stand-up collar with concealed hood, adjustable waist and hem and two side pockets with buttoned flaps. $120,


The jury is out on the transparent trend, but Zara’s water-repellent see-through jacket , above, with piping and stripes on the sides offers a lot of style for the price. $49.90, available at

Take fashionable cover with this waterproof, lightweight poncho, above, from Vancouver-based Canada Herschel Supply Co. It has a three-piece hood with two-snap placket and mesh-vented back yoke. Available in several other colors, color combinations and prints, including a Keith Haring pattern. $99.99,


Sophie D’Hoore’s windbreaker in dark green, above, rebuffs showers while making a fashion statement. It’s reduced from $602 to $421 on Only a few left in stock.


British brand Joules known for bright splashes of color on their outdoor wear ensures you stay dry with the taped seams and longer length of its Right as Rain Waterproof Hooded Jacket (also available in berry and French navy). Reduced to $149.96,


For those who want the most protection from the elements, Helly Hansen’s wind- and waterproof W Aden Long Jacket will last you well into the fall. Quick-dry lining is a bonus. It comes in black, white and dark blue. $150,


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4 thoughts on “Right as Rain

  1. Nancy says:

    An ark isn’t a bad idea right now. Glad we have a boat. But don’t forget Lands’ End for outerwear. They actually started as a sailing outfitter, and lots of their stuff is good for on the water or just when it’s falling from the sky.

    1. Janet Kelly says:

      Good suggestion. I always forget about them!

  2. Susannah says:

    Thank you, Janet. These are great, and perfectly timed!

    1. Janet Kelly says:

      Hi, Susannah!
      Glad you liked.

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