Walking in the rain can be an enjoyable experience, but only if you're prepared for it. What could be lovelier than a cooling summer shower, after all? But nothing's worse than a summer rainstorm and a hot, heavy raincoat — or one of those disposable plastic ponchos. These lightweight toppers below are designed to be breathable, gorgeous and functional. (And they're all easier on the Earth than traditional nylon or polyester versions.) 


Not much of a raincoat person and prefer umbrellas instead? Check out my post on fab vintage umbrellas from Etsy to brighten up!

Terra New York makes probably the absolutely coolest raingear I've seen yet. "As extremely style-savvy women, founders Yurika Nakazono and Marie Saeki began with one simple question: What can a fashion-conscious woman wear when it’s raining and her bike is preferred form of transport?" And not only are they designed with bikers in mind, "...our polyurethane is biodegradable in land field (and not in your closet) after 10 years," says Marie Saeki. 

Patagonia's 9 Trails Jacket is perfect for trail running, hiking, or even just sporty warm-weather errands. According to the company, "It's made of tough 1.1-oz. 100% nylon with extremely breathable stretch-woven recycled polyester fabric in the back and underarm panels to vent excess heat."


This Nau Succinct Trench raincoat can be worn in the summer with just a tank and skirt or dress underneath to keep it cool, or could be layered up when fall comes. 


Refinity is a Cradle to Cradle-designed raincoat material, which means that not only are the textiles it's made from made in a sustainable manner (including the rain-resistant coating), it can also be recycled into more coats after its owner is done with it. Called the "Dutch Spirit" (the company is Dutch), this set of coats is dynamic looking and not very raincoat-ish looking, which could be a bonus if you're looking for something a bit different. 


Cleverhood is a unisex cape/poncho that is designed to last forever, and is made in the USA. According to the site, "The ‘hood is designed, crafted and manufactured in the Northeast U.S.. Every model features sturdy, waterproof breathable membrane fabric, sometimes from overseas, and protective seam-sealing. It has a fitted hood with a large brim to keep faces dry, without blocking peripheral vision. Handy arm holes have snappy magnetic closures and elastic side cinches provide increased breathability. The chest pocket protects valuables with a water-resistant Uretek zipper that closes with authority."

Starre Vartan ( @ecochickie ) covers conscious consumption, health and science as she travels the world exploring new cultures and ideas.

Chic, eco-friendly raincoats for spring showers
Walking in the rain can be an enjoyable experience, but only if you're prepared for it. These lightweight toppers are designed to be breathable, gorgeous and fu