This past month, England has been living up to its ‘rainy’ stereotype and blessing us all with loads of water falling from the sky while we’re just trying to live our lives. I have to admit to being incredibly annoyed by this, as I’m used to massive Florida thunderstorms that end within a few hours. Here, the rain taunts you by continuing on. And on. And on. And on. AND ON.
It’s even more of a problem when you’re unprepared, as I’d say the traditional Londoner response to rain is either to whip out a mangled umbrella that was destroyed in last year’s storm or to sigh and trudge on through with no protection while acting like you’re too British to be bothered by the torrential downpour ruining your morning.
However, there IS another way! (Insert infomercial music here).
Whether you’re commuting into the office or traveling around the world, you’re going to want something small enough to fit in your bag while big enough to actually protect you from the elements. November Rain’s travel poncho is basically the solution to all of your rainy day needs, and it comes in cool patterns so there’s basically nothing not to love.
The drawstring pouch is separate from the poncho itself, which earns it fashion points as you won’t have some an attached bag dangling off your shoulder and flapping in your ear. While I highly doubt I will ever be able to get the poncho back in the bag as nice looking as when it came out, that says more about me than it does about the poncho’s design. With a little bit of coaxing, it fits just fine!
My lovely coworker, who is British and thus intimately familiar with both experiencing and making small talk about rainy days, was kind enough to model the poncho for you all so you can see it in all of its glory!
This is the front, obviously. It can be thrown on in just a few seconds if you get caught in an unexpected storm, and it’s ‘one size fits all’ so basically now you know what you’re getting everyone for Christmas.
Here’s the back of its waterproof fabric. The hood is detachable, so if its not for you then it’s no problem to leave it off. Though, as someone who ends up biking in the rain a lot because
English winters is the most miserable thing ever English winter can be a tad wet, I am pro-hood attached and feel like you’re missing out on one of the most essential protective features if you go without.