In Canada each season holds both boldness and beauty and when the weather turns it’s important to be prepared. These are my favourite places to find protective outerwear.
Watching the seasons change is like watching your favourite drama unfold before your eyes. There is something so special about living in a place where you have the chance to experience all of the seasons. The unpredictability of the fall certainly imbues the chance to a well rounded wardrobe. I believe no Canadian wardrobe is complete without a protective layer against the wind and rain and thus this blog is born. This is where I look when searching for the perfect rain jacket to face the fall and spring seasons.
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I think this goes without saying water resistance is the number one requirement to finding the perfect raincoat. When searching be sure to look for materials such as vinyl, plastic, or rubber. However, if you’re not fussed about your jacket being 100% waterproof and would rather something a little more lightweight for city slicking, look for one that says it has a durable water-resistant (DWR) coating.
Reinforced seams, elasticised or Velcro cuffs and covered zippers are non-negotiable on those days when it’s raining sideways and the dog is giving you the “but I really have to go out” eyes. Over the years I’ve learned having a coat properly cover my backside is something I always have my eye on when making an outerwear purchase.
Comfort level is always on the list when it comes to adding something to my closet. I am always looking for something that adds style to my outfit. However, if its not something I want to grab and go with on the daily, it’s a no for me.
I’m a firm believer there is a piece out there for every occasion. Even if that occasion is being in the eye of a hurricane. Maybe? Nonetheless if an outerwear piece holds both form and function then it’s a double win! Though living in the countryside means I lean a little biased towards function, style is always on my mind.
Fashion technology is a thing! Yes, over the years there have been some incredible advancements when it comes to fashion features. For outerwear I am typically looking at the quality of zippers (are they covered, are they not?), pockets and pocket placement, length of the arms and the overall jacket, colour, pattern and so much more. Below you will see that many of these jackets go above and beyond when it comes to extra features!
Designed in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, the Mernini raincoat has been designed and built to withstand the unrelenting power of the North Atlantic wind and rain.
Over on Instagram I’ve had the opportunity to work with the Mernini brand and thus was sent their stunning raincoat in the Blue. My first impressions were based on overall function and quality.
The quality of this jacket is evident right away and there are so many features that push it over the edge. I actually shot an entire maternity photoshoot the day I received the jacket which gave me the chance to put it to the test. I won’t bury the lead, it passed with flying colours.
I am a 5’7″ woman and find the jacket to be the perfect length on me. If you would classify yourself as a petit person there might be a chance you will need your coat shortened. That being said, I was impressed the Mernini jacket covered my full outfit and still gave me the room to move around thanks to the strategically placed buttons.
Within the social campaign creators across the country all received different colours and I am thrilled to have been given the blue. You can see below there are bold colours and neutrals to appeal to any wardrobe. I do love the visibility of the blue and the yellow for extra safety on those dark and dreary days.
Maria Halfyard was born and raised in a place defined by merciless wind, unruly rain, and a pervasively rugged, natural, panoramic beauty – Newfoundland and Labrador. She works in the maritime business development field and noted an absence in full-length rainwear for women. Building on a passion for business and a burning desire to stay dry in the worst weather, Mernini was born.
Full length, lightweight, 100% waterproof raincoat, with an A-line silhouette offering more room for outfit layering. A traditional unlined design, it includes modern features like water-resistant wrist warmers and a magnetic front closure. Designed with meticulous attention to detail and quality, the Mernini raincoat withstands the unrelenting power of the North Atlantic wind and rain. Every strong woman needs a strong raincoat.
Explore their Instagram HERE + See it in action on my Instagram HERE
lululemon will always be a brand I trust and champion. The vision of the company is as follows “We create transformative products and experiences that build meaningful connections, unlocking greater possibility and wellbeing for all.”
I can honestly say I have never purchased a lululemon product I’ve been disappointed by. In fact, the cost per wear of many of my lululemon pieces is ridiculously low at this point. I’m looking at you pants I’ve had since high school.
Look no further than the iconic brand born on the west coast of Canada lululemon. These are my current favourites on the market today.
Shake off wet weather with this sleek rain jacket. The waterproof exterior and soft, sweat-wicking liner will keep you happy and dry.
Why they made this coat: Tailored for rainy weather, this sleek jacket has a relaxed fit for easy layering and a fleecy lining to take the chill out of colder days.
The Always There Trench Coat description: Waterproof protection from the elements never looked so good. Step out the door in this trench and you’ll be ready for both downpours and dinner reservations.
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