Rainy Day Essentials: The Best Weatherproof Jackets & Boots

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Sigh, rain. A given in Sydney in recent times. As I type, I can hear a constant dripping sound from one of our leaking window frames as the rain continues to beat down. We had our roof fixed just over a month ago, so it’s been super fun to discover a new rain-related problem with the house. Hooray.

House problems aside, this bout of gloomy weather has inspired me to share my rainy day essentials. Because if you live in a part of the world where it rains every once in a while, I totally get how the motivation to leave the house disappears when it’s wet and woolly outside. But if you find yourself resisting going out because of the bad weather, this is the perfect post for you. In recent years I’ve armed myself with some solid wet weather gear because let’s face it, an umbrella just isn’t enough to protect you from the elements, particularly when it’s raining sideways. You end up sporting the drowned rat look with miserably wet feet by the end of the day. (Though I should note that my trusty umbrella is compact and conveniently fits in my handbag.)

This edit I’ve put together is a collection of the best weatherproof items that are guaranteed to keep you warm and, most importantly, protect you from a downpour. It also doesn’t hurt that they’re pretty stylish too! All of the jackets and boots featured are part of my own collection so you know all of these items come recommended after being tried and tested by yours truly.

woman wearing rains jacket, patagonia jacket and rain boots in blog post about rainy day essentials

L: Rains jacket (sz S – AU link, US link), Everlane knit* (sz S – new season version linked), Nobody Denim jeans (sz 26), Everlane boots*, Uniqlo bag, Ray Ban sunglasses R: Patagonia rain jacket (sz S – US linkAU link), Macpac technical long sleeve top (sz AU 6), Macpac hiking pantsScarpa hiking bootsMacpac backpack


A weatherproof jacket is an absolute must in the wet weather. But it can’t just be any jacket, it needs to:

  • be oversized, so there’s enough room to layer;
  • have a roomy hood, which will be of more value to you than an umbrella in my humble opinion;
  • have adjustable cuffs, to keep the wind and rain out during heavy downpour when you’re manoeuvring all of your whosits and whatsits; and
  • have vents, as a lot of these jackets are made from material that will be effective at keeping the weather out, but not necessarily breathable. A lot of the good quality jackets usually have zips under the arms or at the back so you can engineer some form of airflow without compromising too much on remaining dry.

It’s very satisfying to me that all of the rain jackets in my wardrobe tick all of those boxes.

If you’ve yet to equip yourself with a waterproof jacket, this oversized and unisex Rains navy jacket (AU link, US link) is an excellent option with a simple design that can be dressed up to wear to the office. I also really love the cap brim on the hood, a great design feature that provides additional protection when it’s bucketing down and you don’t have a brolly. You can trust the scandis to design a minimal and contemporary rain jacket that’s also very practical. I bought my Rains jacket in a size S and my husband wears a size M.

For a more casual look, this Patagonia jacket (US linkAU link) has done a very good job and it was my main source of protection from the elements when my husband and I went on our overnight hike during a weekend of torrential downpour. The rain really dampened my spirits but I remained completely dry under my jacket which is something I was very thankful for.

To round out my jacket recommendations, I have to talk about the trench that has been one of my favourite additions to my wardrobe this year. Annoyingly, I’m pretty sure this lululemon trench coat has sold out but I’m including it because it gets released each season in new colours. It’s cut to an oversized fit and incredibly lightweight so it’s an easy one to wear. The only con? The belt. It has a heavy duty metal buckle that I’m not a fan of, so I wear the jacket without it and much prefer it that way. I ordered a size US 4 but if I had my time again, I would have opted for a US 6 instead as I have found it to be tight when wearing it over my chunkier knits.


Rain boots

Gumboots (or rain boots) are another rainy day essential and an absolute non-negotiable in the wet weather. And while they look quite chunky, they’re surprisingly comfortable thanks to the spongy soles in their design. It only takes a few rainy day outings without proper footwear to realise what a difference it makes to keep your feet dry. I only need to squelch around for a few minutes in wet shoes with soggy socks before I turn into Moaning Myrtle. 

Aside from their practical qualities, gumboots add a cool touch to my rainy day outfits. My go-to ankle boots are here which I have in both khaki and stone, and I also rely on this tall pair on extreme wet weather days or when I know I’ll be trudging through some epic puddles!


woman wearing rains jacket and rain boots in blog post about rainy day essentials

L: lululemon trench coat* (sz US 4), lululemon leggings with pockets* (size US 6 – AU linkUS link), Everlane boots*, Status Anxiety sunglasses* R: Everlane boots*, Rains jacket (sz S – AU link, US link), Nobody Denim jeansBoldrini Selleria bag via Mirta*, Ray Ban sunglasses

As always, thanks for stopping by.

P.S. Here are the five versatile boot styles for your wardrobe!


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