You may say Paddington Bear — Stag says ‘North Atlantic Fisherman” — but whatever image this yellow raincoat conjures, I’m okay with it. Because, for some unknown reason (see aforementioned references), I’ve always wanted a yellow raincoat. Actually, scratch that: I’ve just always wanted a raincoat. It’s only taken me 7.5 years of living in one of the wettest countries, but I finally took the plunge and bought something — anything — waterproof.
Come January’s end, after days of Mordor Cloud and surprise hail storms, I was determined to find something cute and rainproof with a hood (hood being the operative word). This requirement led me to discover the most adorable British clothier for rain gear: Seasalt.
Th have an entire line dedicated to rainproof clothing. I managed to snag mine in the after-Christmas sales (with an extra 20% off — bargain!), but they have so many to choose from, both in the sale and not. As I always talk about in this blog, it’s always great to support a local, independent brand if you can help it.
If you are worried that there’s no sartorial reason to invest in something so canary-yellow, you needn’t be. Since purchasing my yellow raincoat, I’ve seen something similar crop up in store windows, online edits an email marketing galore.North-Atlantic-Fisherman-chic? Yes please!
Just pair yours with a stripe shirt, black skinnies and black wellies, a pared-down look that helps offset the boldness of the yellow.
On a side note, a funny anecdote as to the title of this post — one that fellow Americans will appreciate. I was chatting to Stag about this post title, and I explained that (originally) it was to be called “April Showers (Bring May Flowers).” I looked at him expectantly, anticipating at least a smirk or a little chuckle for my (not very) pithy title.
Instead, I’m met with questioning eyes. “I don’t get it,” he says. I laugh and say, “You know the joke…? ‘April showers bring May flowers. What do Mayflowers bring?'” ….. still nothing… so I prompt,”Pilgrims! Get it?” He stares blankly at me. Rolls his eyes. Continues working.
There is something oddly comforting that, after 7.5 years of essentially turning British, I can still sometimes ‘pull an American.’
Hat: Gap (Similar)
Jeans: Minimum (last seen here)
Wellies: Hunter (last seen here)
Umbrella: M&S (Similar)