The best water-resistant spring jackets to buy this season

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The best water-resistant spring jackets to buy this season
The best water-resistant spring jackets to buy this season

Men’s shopping habits are largely driven by shifts in the weather, which makes the unpredictable British spring a bit of a dilemma. The ideal spring jacket should be lightweight, breathable but solidly dependable if caught in a sudden shower. It also needs to look the part, of course.

I’ve always been open about my views on men over 40 wearing ­camouflage but, going against the grain for once, my jacket of the season is J.Crew’s Brunswick rain jacket in its signature military print.

Constructed in a three-layer waterproof nylon fabric, and ­featuring zippered underarm vents, a cinched hood and flap pockets (to keep your phone dry), it rises to every challenge.

Bomber jackets and Harringtons are a shrewd option. They don’t really look like a rain jacket at all (which is why they work in even semi-formal scenarios), but will offer adequate protection in an unexpected downpour.

Next has a great example in a heritage check that is made from breathable cotton with a water-resistant finish. From John Lewis & Partners, I recommend the Wallace shower-resistant Harrington with a Black Watch tartan lining.

Coach jackets, defined by their flap-over shirt-style collar and usually a drawstring waist, offer the advantage that they can be folded up and stashed in your bag when not needed.

Lyle & Scott, Wax and Polo Ralph Lauren have you covered. With shades of the Gallagher brothers, H&M and Zara’s water-repellent windbreaker-meets-parka hybrids make a bolder style statement, but it’s a risk worth taking.

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Brunswick rain jacket in camo £177 by J.Crew 
Brunswick rain jacket in camo £177 by J.Crew

Brunswick rain jacket in camo £177 by J.Crew

Shower-resistant Harrington jacket £55 by Next 
Shower-resistant Harrington jacket £55 by Next

Shower-resistant Harrington jacket £55 by Next

Wallace shower-resistant Harrington £89 by John Lewis & Partners
Wallace shower-resistant Harrington £89 by John Lewis & Partners

Wallace shower-resistant Harrington £89 by John Lewis & Partners

Water-repellent parka £79.99 by Zara
Water-repellent parka £79.99 by Zara

Water-repellent parka £79.99 by Zara

Lightweight nylon jacket in khaki £90 by Lyle & Scott
Lightweight nylon jacket in khaki £90 by Lyle & Scott

Lightweight nylon jacket in khaki £90 by Lyle & Scott

Zappa jacket in mustard £190 by Wax  (waxlondon.com)
Zappa jacket in mustard £190 by Wax (waxlondon.com)

Zappa jacket in mustard £190 by Wax London

Water-repellent windbreaker £20 by H&M 
Water-repellent windbreaker £20 by H&M

Water-repellent windbreaker £20 by H&M

Water-repellent coach jacket £179 by Polo Ralph Lauren
Water-repellent coach jacket £179 by Polo Ralph Lauren

Water-repellent coach jacket £179 by Polo Ralph Lauren

Cyclone anorak outdoor jacket £69.99 by The North Face (zalando.co.uk)  
Cyclone anorak outdoor jacket £69.99 by The North Face (zalando.co.uk)

Cyclone anorak outdoor jacket £69.99 by The North Face

Brown shower-resistant hooded jacket £30 by TU
Brown shower-resistant hooded jacket £30 by TU

Brown shower-resistant hooded jacket £30 by TU (tuclothing.sainsburys.co.uk).

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