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The best raincoats for surviving those British showers

There’s nothing like a British spring and/or summer to make you realise that you need to buy a new raincoat. Here, GQ selects SS19’s best, to see you through the deluge...

There are a handful of menswear items that are essential tenets of all masculine wardrobes – a high-quality raincoat being one of them, especially if you’re living in the UK.

Though raincoats are practical, that’s not to say that they shouldn’t be stylish too. You need only look to the silver screen for proof. From Humphrey Bogart’s cinch-waist trench in Casablanca to Christian Bale’s transparent mac in American Psycho to Harrison Ford’s caramel topper in Blade Runner, the raincoat is an unimpeachable lynchpin of superbly masculine style.

Here, to help you pick your own raincoat – and to help you wear it properly this spring – is our edit of the best out there, plus a couple of styling tips to see you through the deluge.

1. Top off a two-piece with a trench

Make like Hedi Slimane at Celine and team your classic trench with a super-slim-cut suit. Your trench should be stone or caramel, your suit should be slim-cut and ideally navy and the belt of your trench should be tied – you want to keep your silhouette as slim as possible, after all.

2. A single-breasted raincoat is an easy route in

A single-breasted style is your best bet for an easy-waring waterproof. Though you'd do well to keep the shell of your coat simple, bring a bit of life to the look by opting for a coat lined in a bold, bright print from a brand such as Versace. Team with a patterned shirt, some slim black trousers and an excess of jewellery to help banish the grey.

3. When in doubt, leather’s a shout

Leather trench coats were everywhere for both Spring/Summer 2019 and Autumn/Winter 2019. Opt for something close-cut, black and high-shine for optimum high-fashion effect.

Herewith, the best raincoats for both April and beyond.

114

Coat by Uniqlo

£49.90. uniqlo.com

214

Coat by Mackintosh

314

Coat by John Lawrence Sullivan

414

Coat by Purdey

£495. At Harrods. harrods.com

514

Coat by Dior

£1,906. dior.com

614

Coat by Private White VC

714

Coat by Z Zegna

£1,335. At Harrods. harrods.com

814

Coat by Hunter

914

Coat by Fendi

£1,450. fendi.com

1014

Coat by Cos

1114

Coat by Stutterheim x Henrik Vibskov

1214

Coat by Brunello Cucinelli

£1,880. At Harrods. harrods.com

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