No matter where you live, there's probably a rainy season, at least some point of the year. Sometimes it may be cold, wet mixtures of rain, sleet, snow, and ice, or just plain hot summer rains. Regardless of locale, you'll need a good wet weather accessory.
I love the bold, whimsical prints of Marimekko fabrics - especially on their umbrellas. The fun Finnish company is a quick way to brighten some otherwise cloudy, dark days.
As for jackets and coats, there are three pieces for varying weather situations. I love the look of a traditional Macintosh jacket. More than 200 years after Charles Macintosh (without the `K') pioneered the process of creating water-resistant fabrics, J. Crew partnered with the celebrated craftsman to create the Mackintosh Coat for J.Crew. This classic coat is handmade in water-resistant cotton with underarm grommets for added comfort. Exterior slant waist pockets, interior patch pockets. Center back vent. Partially lined. Made in Scotland. Spot clean.
Norwegian great Helly Hansen also makes a packable, incredibly lightweight jacket that is perfect for quick, unexpected rain showers in warm weather. It literally packs into a bag the size of a soda can and usually lives in my attache or travel bag. Also from HH is a great yachting style jacket with a durable hood, neck and wrist closures, and an array of pockets. Very durable, comfortable, and easy to move in.
Marc Jacobs also makes an incredible double breasted patent raincoat in vivid yellow for both men and women. I first saw the men's version at Marc's store in Los Angeles, and just saw the women's version online at Nordstrom.
So the next time you're in inclement weather, you don't have to dress sad and gloomy. Be prepared. Be bright. And be fabulous.