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The best trenchcoats for rainy summer days

Classically inclement British summer day? These have got you covered...

Thanks to Britain’s tempestuous climate you can never be sure of enjoying an unbroken dry spell – even in the summer months. It’s just one of the (many) reasons the trenchcoat has become such a national icon: lightweight enough to wear in July, it’s also efficient enough to keep out even the most unseasonable of downpours. The best trenchcoats are the ones you can slip over your office chair and forget about until needed, or quickly grab on the way out the door in the morning if the weather app is threatening rain. These lightweight styles are just what you need to see you through the summer months.

Burberry cotton gabardine trenchcoat

A classic trenchcoat, reimagined for the modern wearer. Designed by Burberry’s outerwear team, it was made in the brand’s dedicated workshop in Northern England from its signature water-repellent cotton gabardine. It has been updated for the 21st century with a mid-thing length and slimmer fit that’s ideal as a cover-up during warm weather rain storms. 

£1,490, burberry.com

Aquascutum ‘Bogart’ trenchcoat

Meet the seminal movie star trenchcoat. It’s cut to the same pattern that the great Humphrey Bogart wears in Casablanca, and although it comes in navy, we think it’s worth adhering to the classic beige version. It’s made in Aquascutum’s workshop in Corby, Northamptonshire, and features a wealth of heritage design details, like the raglan sleeves fitted with epaulettes and oversized storm flaps. On warmer days, leave the belt undone to stay cool.

£850, aquascutum.com

Salle Privée Thom trenchcoat

A minimalist take on the trenchcoat, this style from Salle Privée is cut from lightweight cotton poplin in a relaxed fit that’s great for warm, wet days. It’s also only partially lined, meaning you won’t overheat even when the sun eventually decides to make an appearance.

£830, mrporter.com