Let it rain

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Whether you’re on day 10 or day 20 of so­cial dis­tanc­ing, there’s no deny­ing the fact that we’ve come to cher­ish the great Cana­dian out­doors even more than we al­ready did. A bit of fresh air is al­ways a good idea. And now that it’s of­fi­cially spring, we’re es­pe­cially thank­ful to live in such a glo­ri­ous, beau­ti­ful coun­try — just re­mem­ber to be pre­pared come rain or shine. Re­becca Tay dis­cov­ers five wet weather styles you might want to in­vest in.


If you’re look­ing for a no-frills rain­coat that ticks all the nec­es­sary boxes — wa­ter­proof, goes with ev­ery­thing, ver­sa­tile as can be — look no fur­ther than this up­cy­cled style from the Gap, which is also avail­able in navy and sky blue. Best of all, it’s up­cy­cled be­cause it’s made from 33.2 stan­dard-size re­cy­cled plas­tic bot­tles — and ev­ery lit­tle bit of feel-good fac­tor is more than wel­come right now.

Gap, gap­canada.ca | $128


A good pair of wellies is a Van­cou­ver must, and we’re lov­ing this new ‘Play’ style from Hunter. A more stream­lined take on the Orig­i­nal Boot, it fea­tures a chic, lower pro­file and flat­ter, plat­form sole that’s per­fect for pair­ing with skirts and cropped jeans.

Hunter, hunter­boots.com | $120


Van­cou­ver weather is highly un­pre­dictable, so a coat that cov­ers al­most ev­ery even­tu­al­ity is a good thing. En­ter this re­versible style, which fea­tures a light in­su­la­tion for warmth and a wa­ter-re­sis­tant coat­ing in case it starts driz­zling. Don it leop­ard and quilted side out when you’re feel­ing more fash­ion-for­ward; black side out when you’re af­ter a more min­i­mal­ist, incog­nito look.

Ba­nana Repub­lic, ba­nanare­pub­lic.ca | $215


Fash­ion is — and al­ways has been — a won­der­ful source of es­capism, so if you’re look­ing for some­thing a lit­tle fan­ci­ful and fun right now, you’re in luck. Made from wa­ter-re­sis­tant 100 per cent polyamide, this colour­ful Gucci hood is both mood-boost­ing and prac­ti­cal. The col­lar can be worn over your coat or tucked in, de­pend­ing on your mood, and the whole thing comes in a lit­tle pouch so you can throw it in your pocket and go.

Gucci, gucci.com | $485


We don’t need much these days when we leave the house — just the ba­sics (wal­let, keys, phone) and ev­ery­thing else can stay at home. If you’re like us and your usual hand­bag feels a lit­tle overkill, con­sider this pouch by bou­tique Dan­ish brand Rains. Tech­ni­cally, it’s a cos­met­ics bag, but we think it dou­bles quite nicely as a wa­ter­proof clutch.

Grav­ity Pope, grav­i­ty­pope.com | $50

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