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Five lightweight raincoats for keeping dry in style during the Australian winter

As the summer months fizzle into oblivion, the chilly temperatures now begin truly their secret ministry all across this Great Southern Land.

But if there is at least one valuable thing this winter chill brings with it, then it is the variable fashion choices one is forced to make when it comes to choosing a waterproof coat.

And the decisions are (nearly) as endless as they are timeless.

You can try Ralph Lauren's chocolate brown field jacket or Loro Piana's hooded jacket for versatile options that will still work in your wardrobe come fall or a rugged classic like Belstaff's historic waxed Roadmaster jacket.

But if you're really looking to make a statement, Sies Marjan's shiny navy coat from the label's buzzy new menswear line. Whichever you go with, this lightweight outerwear will have you looking sharp come rain or shine.

Loro Piana Cotton-Blend Hooded Jacket

loro-piana Photo: Loro Piana

This classic hooded jacket is the kind of thing that will live in your closet for decades, and you can ensure it will last thanks to Loro Piana's superior Italian-made quality. The jacket also comes with the label's proprietary Rain System technology—a treatment that ensures that water slides off the surface of the fabric and also enhances its impermeability to protect it from dust, dirt, and stains. Find out more by clicking here.

Ermenegildo Zegna Cotton-Hooded Parka

zegna Photo: Ermenegildo Zegna

This long hooded shell is an ultra-stylish and sophisticated mix of a trench coat and parka. It features a marina print lining and leather trim on the interior as well as an interior drawstring waist and a Velcro-fastening collar and cuffs. It's length adds style, but its no-fuss design is the perfect protectant outerwear for a suit or jeans and a t-shirt weekend attire. Find out more by visiting www.zenga.com.

Ralph Lauren Water-Repellent Field Jacket

rl Photo: Ralph Lauren

Modeled after the classic M-65 field jacket, this layering piece comes with a stowaway hood with draw cords, a double vent with concealed snap closures, and an interior left waist pocket in addition to its two chest pockets and two waist pockets. It also comes equipped with a concealed interior drawstring for those wanting a slimmer look. To top it off, this jacket is machine washable for a less precious addition to your wardrobe for rainy days. To check availability visit www.ralphlauren.com.

Sies Marjan Point Collar Trench Coat

sies Photo: Matches

Designer Sander Lak has made a name for his womenswear line for his brilliant use of color and texture, and just last year he launched his menswear line built on the same principals. This navy coated cotton coat with pointed collar was made in the United States and perfectly illustrates Lak’s clever twists on classic silhouettes. Find out more here.

Belstaff Waxed Roadmaster Jacket

belstaff Photo: Belstaff

The Roadmaster, first introduced by Belstaff in 1981, looks as current today as it did 37 years ago, which is why it remains one of the brand's bestsellers. It comes in eight different earth-toned color ways, and its cambric cotton coated in a breathable and waterproof waxed finish is sourced from a historical British mill. The jacket comes with a belt, but looks just as good (if not better) without, for those that prefer an unadorned waistline. To order visit www.belstaff.com.

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