The minds behind flatpack furniture, creamy oatmeal and cozy Fridays also happen to be some of the most stylish people on the planet (hello, Alicia Vikander and Malin Åkerman, to name a few fashion-forward Swedes). So on my recent trip to Stockholm, I scoured the streets to see what fashion item was trending among this effortlessly cool population. The bad news: It rained for most of my trip. The good news: Even in a downpour, the Swedes know how to look pulled together and chic, while keeping comfort and function at the forefront.
I kept seeing the same simple yet sophisticated rain jackets pop up in a variety of colors in the city, and I knew I needed one to bring back home (it’s scorching hot in NYC right now, but rain is very much in my future). So I asked a sales associate at the most popular department store in the city (Åhlens City) where I could find one of these smart jackets. She knew immediately which brands I was referring to and revealed that they're extremely “in” right now. And it’s not hard to see why—these jackets will keep you dry in style (think: you could totally wear this to an interview or a dinner date). Here’s how to do fall fashion like the Swedes.