What She Wears: Rain Gear

July 7, 2011

Daily Digest

What She Wears: Rain Gear

Forget the festival chic pictures of celebrities looking cool in the sun at Glastonbury which may have inspired your festival outfit. That all went out the window for the Irish going to Oxegen, as the wet weather over weekend meant the Punchestown festival was awash with rain gear.

Rain coats at Oxegen

So where did y’all get your rain gear for Oxegen? Was it a case of buying the nearest plastic poncho or had you already packed your windcheater? Did your rain coat keep you dry or was it a case of “I’m soaked now so why not roll in the mud anyway?”

Waterproof Coat

I always have a “pack away” rain coat on hand for such occasions, it’s something I spent 100 euro on a few years ago and always comes in handy for rainy days when I need to keep dry. It’s from a shop called Kathmandu (a New Zealand brand similar to The North Face) and is a “proper” raincoat, a mac in a sac style which I bought in the sales.

It’s waterproof, has breathable material, lots of zips, a tuck away hood and comes in my favourite colour, red. For me, it’s about style too, so I chose a mono colour I know that suits me, and would go with most things in my wardrobe.

For festival style you can go as kooky as you want, but a good raincoat is an investment piece, (after all we will always be guaranteed rain) and so it’s worth splashing out on something that will keep you dry.  I like to think that my coat is multipurpose too, something that will see me through “normal” events too, such as a long walk with friends that turns into a rain shower or for outdoor exercise in the rain.

Where to buy a rain coat

Now is the perfect time to buy a rain coat from a sports shop, which are all having their summer sales at the moment, so you’re likely to get up to 75% off.  In Dublin, try The North Face, Chatham Street, Dublin 2 Tel 01 679 4293 or Patagonia on Exchequer Street and Elverys. Countrywide you’ll find Lifestyle Sports and larger towns have sports shops with staff to advise you on which one best suits your needs.

For cheap and cheerful raincoats with prints, patterns and heaps of colours, Dunnes Stores and Penney’s have got some cool ranges in stock at the moment – their waterproof factor is not top of the range, but might see you through a wet day at a festival.

Parka

The Parka coat is hot on trend this summer and the military green parka was tipped by many as a festival must-have. Any festival goer worth their salt will have packed a raincoat, waterproof poncho or waterproof parka jacket which are everywhere from Topshop to Penneys.

So whatever about staying stylish while fighting the elements, at least a rain coat, as boring as it sounds, will keep you dry!

Image of Oxegen 2010: PA

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