(SPOT.ph)In a city like ours where the monsoon only emphasizes the flaws of the public transport system and the lack of roofed pedestrian walkways, stepping out of the house or office in rain gear is akin to suiting up for battle. But what to wear or wield to war? Umbrellas are great but cumbersome—cracking open an umbrella just when you’re stepping out of a Grab or bus is inconvenient—and sweater or coat dressing isn’t exactly plausible given the humidity.
Fortunately, there are lightweight, water-repellant options out there that make rainy rush hours less oppressive. And that they’re all hooded means you don’t need to carry an umbrella around anymore. Whether you’re a classic dresser, an athleisure guy, or the trendy type, you’ll find one or two from this list to add to cart or run to the mall for—hopefully right before it rains again.
We’ve rounded up 10 rain jackets that are nifty enough to wear inside the office and practical enough to stow in your weekend bag:
Parka with Removable Hood (P5,995) from Zara
This camel-colored parka from Zara is lightweight but heavy on style. The high collar adds a tailored touch and the detachable hood gives its anti-fit silhouette extra dimension. You can cinch it at the waist for emphasis or let it hang loose like a tunic, depending on your mood—or your desired look.
See a list of Zara stores.
Microfiber Hoodie with Color Blocking (P1,599) from Memo
The V-shaped panelling and color blocking of this polyester hoodie from Memo gives off a That '70s Show vibe—and that’s a good take-off point. Combine its retro design with classic elements like a neutral chino and a mock turtleneck in a complementary color and make the ensemble work in the present.
See a list of Memo stores.
Hooded Jacket in Black (P2,690) from H&M
Whether over an oxford shirt, slacks, and brogues for work or a T-shirt, cargo pants, and sneakers for the weekend, this hoodie from H&M does the trick. But what we like about this are the multiple pockets—a godsend when carrying gadgets and other valuables when in transit. There’s also a version in beige if light neutrals are more your thing.
See a list of H&M stores.
Blocktech Parka in Olive (P2,990) from Uniqlo
This water-repellant and waterproof parka from Uniqlo comes in six different colors and blocks the wind, too, making it good to throw on in places with subzero air conditioning. The absence of multiple pockets, extra stitching, and notions adds to this parka’s minimalist appeal, making it a suitable layering option for most occasions.
See a list of Uniqlo branches.
NB Athletics WindBreaker Multi-Blue (P3,995) from New Balance
Oh, to be at the crossroads of athleisure, the 90s revival, and next year’s Olympic Games. This windbreaker is fashionable as it is functional. But don’t get stumped at its sportiness; wear it as recommended on Rustans.com, “with a white Oxford shirt and navy chinos for a dressed-up appeal.”
Rain Jacket (P1,199.75) from Bench
A surprise shower is a showstopper and an errand in the midst of the monsoon isn't so great either—and so it pays to always be equipped. This affordable pick from Bench is good to stash in your work bag or desk drawer, ready for when the afternoon showers roll in or when a rainy day run to the bank is in order.
Reversible Reflective Jacket (P2995) from Bershka
Who doesn’t love a two-in-one deal? This reversible jacket from Bershka is good for when you want to go about the day incognito or require a little more attention. Wear the black side out like you would any other neutral in your wardrobe. Or wear the reflective, silver side out when crossing the road or riding a bike in the rain, especially at night.
See a list of Bershka stores.
Detachable Hood Water-Repellent Parka (P7495) from Mango Man
This parka from Mango Man comes in classic colors beige and dark navy and looks like a fitting, tropics-friendly alternative to the trench coat. The A-line finish, side pockets, back slit, and cuff loops all lend a tailored appeal to the garment. And the glen plaid inner lining? It adds a sophisticated touch to an otherwise hardworking piece of outerwear.
Technical Jacket with Hood in Purple (P4295) from Zara
We’re all for spiffy effect of a high-collar jacket and a placket that you can zip, button, or both. But what we really like about this hooded jacket from Zara is the bold color blocking. Purple isn’t exactly a default color but it works when combined with black. And in a sea of pedestrians wont to wear safe colors, a pop of purple on the pavement is a welcome surprise.
Basic Hooded Nylon Parka (P1879) from Zalora Basics
A jacket cut longer than usual is flattering to most body types. This hooded pick from Zalora does exactly that and saves you from getting wet, too. Available in black, blue, and beige, it comes also comes unlined, making layering less of a hassle and reasonable styling trick given the unpredictable weather.