Sure, the rain isn't pretty. But you know what's even more annoying? It ruins leather, does a number on the soles of your heels and it seeps through even the sturdiest cotton trenches.
That's why Canadian outerwear brand Mackage created Packables, a chic, well-structured take on the foldable plastic rain poncho.
Available in hip-length and knee-length versions for girls and a bomber-style for guys, these nylon windbreakers look more like leather jackets than chintzy rain gear.
We prefer the shorter Lana, which features a zip-away hood at the collar, leather details at the cuffs and is made of a water-resistant polyester. (Don't be afraid of the P word. Remember that Alber over at Lanvin uses polyester to create many of his gorgeous dresses! The modern day version of the fabric is much more advanced than its '70s counterpart.)
At $230, the Lana is not a bargain, but if it's going to protect your favorite silk blouse from the rain, it might be worth the investment. Check it out, along with other styles, at www.mackage.com.