Winter can present itself with a myriad of problems for a pinup gal. If you are like me and don’t own a car, therefore needing to walk or catch public transport everywhere, then you’ll know the struggle of being in your pinup best while battling the rain. Umbrella’s only do so much and there’s no way you’ll see me in a poncho. Just nope.
So, I was so happy to find Elements Rainwear a few months back through the lovely NoraFinds. They really looked like the perfect option and I thought it was fabulous that I could buy a full skirt, long length raincoat!
Since there is such a long list of options on the drop-down menu, but the colours aren’t all represented visually on the website, I inquired about being sent some swatches. The team was very helpful and a few days later I was able to flick through and decide on the Natural Semi-Transparent PU. I much preferred the more matte look of the PU over the PVC.
So, I ordered placed a order for the Romantica Raincoat since it’s the most 50s silhouette. Upon making your selection, you can choose to add a collar instead of the hood but I opted to keep the hood for extra hair protection.
The Semi-Transparent PU has a nice thickness and weight to it, so it holds it shape well. I went with a size large which was recommended to me by customer service after I gave them my measurements (37″ bust, 27″ waist). The fit is good, it’s quite roomy in the waist but the tie takes care of that. I find the sleeves just that little too tight for me to be able to pull it on over my thick Pearl Coat with ease which is a bit of a shame, I’m not sure if going up a size might help or not. I can get it on and off, it’s just a very tight fit!
The length is good for most of my dresses although this would be great aspect to be able to customize- another couple of inches on the hem wouldn’t go amiss just to be safe! I also would have really loved pockets but due to the nature of the semi-transparent material, I can see why that might not look so great.
Overall, I’m really happy with the quality of this raincoat. If you are looking to get one, don’t be afraid to size up as it doesn’t matter if it’s a little baggy in places and means you can comfortably fit multiple layers.
When I had placed my order for Natural Romantica Coat, I was offered another complimentary style. Since I had the swatches as a reference, I chose this Violet Semi-Transparent PU in the same style, but this time with the collar as a point of difference. This PU is thinner and doesn’t have the same stiffness as the other one so falls a little differently. It also wrinkles much, much more and I’m not really sure how to get them out!
But the colour is so fun and really makes a rainwear fashion statement! It fits very similar but the material has a slight stretch to it so it’s potentially better with more layers.
Elements Rainwear is mostly made to order so you might have to wait a few weeks. Prices for the Romantica Raincoat vary depending on your material selection but it looks like they are between £60 and £72.
Another one of their styles I also quite like is the Skirted Coat, a double-breasted trench. It has the same full skirt but with a double breasted lapel instead.
These are a great wardrobe staple and something that will last you years and years. I’ve made sure to pack it when I’m travelling so that any rain doesn’t dampen our sightseeing, although I’ve been lucky enough not to need it… yet!
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Disclaimer: Whilst the Violet Romantica Raincoat was gifted to me, I never accept anything that I do not truly love and all opinions expressed are honest and my own. The integrity and honest of my blog is very important to me as are my readers.
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