London weather 

All of these photos where take in the concrete jungle, actually make that glass jungle of Canary Wharf by Roz Alcazar .

So the weather has definitely been up and down here in London. One minuet it is hot for February and the next minuet it is raining. It is therefore safe to say we cannot put the Mac raincoat away just yet.

I love wearing a Mac or “Mackintosh raincoat” and owning this in your wardrobe should be a staple for any Londoner. It is a form of waterproof raincoat first sold in 1824, made out of rubber fabric.

Canary Wharf, London
Canary Wharf, London

Why the Mackintosh raincoat?

London’s showers always require resilient rain-wear. This year, alongside the trusty trenches and staple leather bikers, the designers were tipping an unlikely alter hero jacket; the plastic mac.

Just a London girl in the concrete jungle
Just a London girl in the concrete jungle

Staying dry in style has always been a human priority, but fashionable rain-wear as we know it has developed rapidly in recent history. I love how Topshop have created a twist to this Mac raincoat and how animal print has been embodied. You know how much I love wearing animal print and you can find a previous article I have written about this print here.

Concrete Jungle - Canary Wharf
Concrete Jungle – Canary Wharf

So here is a brief history for you. Charles Mackintosh first invented the rubber-coated mackintosh in 1823, and Thomas Burberry gave us the tightly woven gabardine trench in 1879, plastic clothing only became popular after the Second World War when synthetic fabric production boomed and prices dropped.

Smile
Smile

A strong and durable mac can serve you with a dramatically beautiful silhouette – midi lengths worn with straight leg jeans as I am wearing in this outfit. You can wear the Mac with heeled ankle boots and this will look positively dressed up for dinner or casually with trainers as I have decided to wear this.

Topshop’s classic twist to the Mac

So it is pretty obvious that animal print is having a big fashion moment and this Topshop Leopard print Mac ticks all the right boxes in this ever-changing climate. The constant rain forecast makes me all kind of sad after enjoying some much needed winter sun.

Canary Wharf, London
Canary Wharf, London

I wanted to accentuate my waist, so I picked a belted number, which goes well with wide leg jeans or a maxi dress. It’s all about balancing things out though. If  you’re wearing a long dress or skirt and you’re on the short side, pick a waist-length raincoat so your figure isn’t swamped.

Belted Mac
Belted Mac

The animal print raincoat is very quirky. My raincoat is a statement print, so I paired it with simple denim black jeans. However, if you want to make a statement, there’s no harm in clashing prints either with a pleated printed skirt or palazzo trousers.

Animal print trainers

I found a pair of trainers which are a similar print to my raincoat and I knew that it would go well with this look. I can’t recommend this enough.

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