Lightweight waterproof with (ugh) a hood. Not too warm!

(57 Posts)
Hopefully Tue 29-Apr-14 20:08:05

There are always loads of threads about warm waterproof coats, but I need the opposite! I am a v hot person (in the sweaty, rather than the glamorous, sense) and need a lightweight waterproof for spring/summer that won't cook me gently.

And it needs to be waterproof and have a hood. I have finally, three DCs in, accepted that I can't carry an umbrella and marshall them all on the school run.

I'm thinking some kind of lightweight parka, but the fashiony ones are usually not terribly waterproof are they? Help!

catsofa Tue 29-Apr-14 20:21:30

You might like a waterproof poncho, which will let a lot more air circulate to keep you cool while also keeping the rain off you?

TheJumped Tue 29-Apr-14 20:53:45

Now I know you to be a stylish person Hopefully, but now is the time to succumb to a Merrell Wakefield or whatever they call it nowadays. It keeps you bone dry including your hair (crucially for me) and is fairly stylish and figure flattering. And cool as long as you don't get the insulated version. If it's pouring down I know I can chuck it on and look impeccable at the other end of a journey by foot. It's not too hideous honestly.

Hopefully Tue 29-Apr-14 21:29:19

catsofa I did consider a poncho, but suddenly realised that I quite often have DC3 in the sling, and I suspect she would not appreciated being stuck under a poncho. I am avoiding thinking about how to keep her dry in a normal coat, of course... I just can't quite accept one of those baby wearing coats into my life!

Hopefully Tue 29-Apr-14 21:29:39

thejumped nooooooooooo!!!

QueenCadbury Tue 29-Apr-14 21:32:58

Yep hopefully I'm afraid you need to succumb to performance wear grin. I have a north face waterproof cagoule (in one of my colours of course) but it literally does get worn just on wet days along with my wellies.

roadwalker Tue 29-Apr-14 21:33:17

www.fatface.com/search?q=mac&sort=manual&order=ascend

I get hot easily and wanted a waterproof allround sort of coat/jacket for all seasons
I got the above fatface maisie mac in blue and love it
It was pretty narrow and I had to size up

momb Tue 29-Apr-14 21:34:14

I'm afraid that what you need is (ahem) a CAGOULE !
Stop faffing about and just wear something appropriate for the weather!

(skulks back out of accidental entry to S+B where clearly I don't belong)

QueenCadbury Tue 29-Apr-14 21:35:56

You could always do boden wink. The tobacco spots are the perfect colours for you.

Hopefully Tue 29-Apr-14 21:38:33

Perfect colours QueenC, but I would rather chew off my own arm and use it as an umbrella buy something sensible and boring.

Oh god, I'm going to have to buy something practical, aren't I?

TheJumped Tue 29-Apr-14 21:45:45

grin it comes to us all, Hopefully.

Someone linked a nice hooded trench recently, that was stylish - will see if I can find it. Came in grey or navy I think and properly waterproof but nice belted trench shape.

I am vainer about my hair and weight than anything else, so my criteria was that the hood would keep my hair dry without hanging on to it, even in windy wet weather whilst toddler wrangling, and that it would have a slimming shape. Merrell Wakefield did the job.

QueenCadbury Tue 29-Apr-14 21:46:44

grin-Boden was a joke. So not you.

But yep, practicality it is I'm afraid <speaks the voice of experience as a mum of 3>

ShoeWhore Tue 29-Apr-14 21:55:33

Hmm I need one too. I tried one in fatface last year but tbh it looked far too similar to my cagoule to justify keeping it. My friend has a similar one but it looks great on her, though.

Watching with interest.

Hopefully Tue 29-Apr-14 21:58:01

A hooded trench would be more acceptable I think. Although I'm wondering if I should just buy something deeply practical and keep it locked up on all but the rainiest days.

Shoe I see people looking cool and breezily outdoorsy in sensible coats, but I look like a massive twat in any I've ever tried grin

ShoeWhore Tue 29-Apr-14 22:07:47

Oh me too Hopefully - in my case I think it's the combo of being on the short side with big norks. I need a pretty fitted silhouette or I look rather erm matronly grin

Would love to see the link to the hooded trench though <hopeful>

Lucked Tue 29-Apr-14 22:14:20

I have a pac-a-mac I got in topshop 4 years ago which is my most used item. They pop up in different places, Tesco had some last year. Next have one at the moment which I am tempted by just for a change.

www.next.co.uk/g802s3

5madthings Tue 29-Apr-14 22:17:08

I got a nice one from fat face last year and am still using it this year.

patothechiefexec Tue 29-Apr-14 22:21:45

You need a Goretex jacket which is waterproof and breathable.

I've got a Berghaus fleece and outer jacket. Cost £150 but was worth every single penny. I am warm in the cold and cool in the warm.

BonaDea Tue 29-Apr-14 22:25:36

Get one of those super light weight north face ones or berghaus is a bit cheaper. Mine is fantastic and the ladies ones are decently fitted and really very waterproof.

ggirl Tue 29-Apr-14 22:31:09

lands end ??
they have zillions of jackets etc and although frumperama are very good quality

Beehatch Tue 29-Apr-14 22:33:14

Not sure if this link will work as an on phone, but here is a decent trench that was linked on a recent thread (I bookmarked it for further consideration!):
https://www.protected-species.com/shop/jacket/west-end-waterproof-mac/

ShoeWhore Tue 29-Apr-14 22:39:40

I have a North Face jacket and the cut is much better than other outdoorsy coats I've tried but but I can't really get over the fact that I am wearing a cagoule

beehatch that looks interesting but a bit beyond my budget really.

LilyBobtail Tue 29-Apr-14 23:25:28

I like the Next pacamac. I am in similar need to the OP.

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