If you, like me, simply don’t suit a trench coat and want to tear up and set fire to all those millions of bloody stupid effing magazine pieces that tell you to buy a “classic trench” then don’t despair.
They don’t suit you because (probably) like me you have broad shoulders and so have the air of a rugby prop forward in a trench coat with all its stupid epaulettes and flappy bits all over the place.
BUT there is no item of clothing in this country more handy than a smart raincoat. A giant dog-walking coat from Seasalt or something from Rains or Sutterheim simply won’t do for every event.
Anyway I have a smart raincoat from APC in navy and I am always asked where I got it. It has slanted pockets and is double-breasted rather than being a kind of princess-collared car coat; I got it in the sale about 4 years ago and it’s one of those times when a shop having a sale has actually worked out for me.
It just so happens that is APC sale time again and they have not one but two very natty, streamlined raincoats – one in beige and one in navy. At E270, which is more or less £270 it is not exactly cheap, but I wear mine all the time and am considering in getting one of these in beige.
Which reminds me – I was having a chat with a mum the other day about waterproofing and she reminded me that with an item of clothing like this – showerproof but not totally water-resistant – you can in fact set about it with a can of ScotchGuard Waterproof spray, which will give you an extra layer of protection. Not, alas, against annoying magazine advice but you’ve got to start somewhere.