“Shining through tears, like April suns in showers, that labour to overcome the cloud that loads ’em.“
— Thomas Otway
Photos courtesy of Ali of Those White Walls
Back in September I bought this raincoat for my family’s trip to London.
I ended up bringing my favorite trench coat instead but always lamented the fact that I didn’t get an opportunity to share this coat with you before winter because it’s such a STEAL!
I’ve always been a huge fan of vintage ‘mac’ raincoats — like the ones Audrey Hepburn wore in the 60’s — and have been on the hunt for a great, vintage one for years. But it turns out plastic macs just do NOT age well so finding a vintage one in useable condition has left me perpetually empty-handed.
Until this $21 piece!
No, it’s certainly not vintage. And it’s very modern in it’s cut and aesthetic.
But it still feels like what I wanted a vintage mac to feel like. And it does one hell-of-a-job keeping the rain out. I remember the first time I wore this coat in heavy rain in October — it was one of the last nights the Cubs were playing in the World Series so the streets were packed despite the downpour. People and traffic bustled around everywhere. If you were wedged between two passersby you were being sprayed with water from the cars zooming past.
It was the sort of night you resigned yourself to: you were going to get soaked regardless of what you did to stop it.
And yet somehow I made it to my evening event completely dry. I remember being confused and anxiously feeling around my dress and hair sure I would find a soaking patch somewhere. And yet nothing.
I may always believe in the power of a classic trench coat in the rain but this clever plastic mac is a close second!