Nothing can ruin an outfit like an unexpected downpour, and being forced to wear unflattering rain gear truly puts a damper on things.
Thankfully, on-the-rise outfitters Yurika Nakazono and Marie Saeki of Terra New York have broken with boxy-poncho tradition with spectacular waterproof coats that have us praying for rain.
Originally designed to shield city cyclists from downpours, Terra's super-practical jackets are also fashion-forward with streamlined silhouettes and of-the-moment military details.
Available in versatile nude or charcoal colors, the raincoats come in three styles: a utilitarian, hooded parka that goes from city blocks to stream-side hikes in a snap ($285); a classic, hourglass trench with a modern, oversized collar ($295); and a darling, Givenchy-inspired cape ($240).
The jackets are made from featherweight, polyurethane plastic that's heat-sealed at the seams--rather than sewn--for a fit that's 100-percent watertight. And Terra's rainproof pouches ($22)--designed to keep valuables dry when lighting strikes--double as beach-friendly carryalls.
Up next are three takes on the rain boot (in flat, low- and high-heeled versions). Made with the same light-as-air material, they promise to be polished alternatives to their clunky counterparts.
Rainy days will never get us down again.