But this year we drizzle-soaked women can rejoice! When it comes to fashionable yet practical rainwear, we’re spoilt for choice. You can’t move in the shops for chic raincoats in shimmering pastel and muted colours  a fresh palette we all crave after a winter of greys and browns, even if the weather isn’t as summery as we might wish.

I am in the stylish nation of world Italy and I certainly have met my match and more when it comes to being fashionable in the rain. Today I chose to wear Helly Hansen Women’s Welsey II Waterproof Rain Trench Coat with Hood.

I have been to Denmark and these Scandinavians understand about city style regardless the weather. This Helly Hansen Women’s Welsey II has taken on a longer trench coat for women! Without compromising style, Helly Hansen have bumped up the functionality and created a modern insulated Helly Tech jacket for the city that is warm, waterproof, windproof and breathable.

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Nowadays I always have a raincoat, and take great pleasure in being more prepared than everyone else, luxuriantly pulling it on as the heavens open (and everyone else gets drenched).

For me I am touring around the cities here in Italy for business, so the last thing I need is to turn up in a meeting looking like a drenched diva. On numerous occasions the style and the plum colour has resulted in nice compliments when I walk into boutiques.

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This classic styling and rich detailing makes this coat unique. The stand-out technical solutions with full zip closure and ventilation prepared me for a busy day and challenging weather here in Italy. When it came to unexpected wind and rain, high quality zips need to function easy, fast and under pressure. The YKK front zipper with double breasted snap button closure was the perfect combination for wind and city rain. My clothes never got soaked but my leather boots did.

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For me I am touring around the cities for business so the last thing I need is to turn up in a meeting looking like a drenched diva. On numerous occasions the style and the plum colour has resulted in nice compliments when I walk into boutiques.

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The weather here in Italy is very unpredictable in fact it is the wettest  May in over 50 years. Here at the moment in Italy everyday the rain comes without notice.  In Italy looking stylish is important no matter what the weather let alone the activity I am enduring. I noticed that when it did rain the water just dripped off the jacket and I was not soaked at all. Which meant when the rain did finally stop after 15min I took my jacket off and was not soaked at all.

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The hood is easy to access and zip back when not needed and it certainly kept my hair dry whilst in the rain.

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I opted for a plum colour as when I am in the rain I liked to feel good and be seen when walking the streets of Italy. These Italians can be crazy when it comes to driving and they are very unpredictable regarding stopping when I am crossing the road.

Helly Hansen Women's Welsey Ii Waterproof Rain Trench Coat with Hood

I chose to go on a canal tour and once again the rain came pelting down. It didn’t worry me as this Helly Hansen Women’s Welsey II Waterproof Rain Trench Coat with Hood can be easily taken off and on and protect me when needed. The jacket is easily foldable and light to carry around when not needed.

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It is always hard to choose the right size on-line, so I opted for a size large which is a tad to big but the belt makes it easily adjustable for a more funky appearance.

Accessorising it with everything pink and floral is why Helly Hansen Women’s Welsey II Waterproof Rain Trench Coat with Hood is a timeless practical trench coat which looks stylish.

Helly Hansen Women's Welsey Ii Waterproof Rain Trench Coat with Hood