Want to stay fashionable in the rain? Here are 6 waterproof backpacks, shoulder bags, tote bags and crossbody bags that are stylish, practical, affordable and perfect for Singapore’s wet season.
Living on a tropical island, you’d expect the weather to be bright, sunny skies almost a hundred percent of the time, but boy, does Mother Nature have other plans. During Singapore’s wet season (which runs from March to May, and then from about September to November) you need to brace yourself for thunderstorms and unexpected showers. To help you keep your essentials dry in style, we’ve rounded up six affordable bags that are not only waterproof, but oh-so fashionable.
The Spring/Summer 2017 collection of this Danish brand has finally reached our shores. Perfect for rainy days, Mismo bags such as the backpack and the shoulder bags are made from water-resistant fabrics and jacquard woven cotton canvas. The collection comes in a range of designs, styles and colours such as blue, green, burgundy, indigo and khaki for a summer feel, with a chance of rain.
Mismo bags start from $241, available at Kapok at NDC, #01-05, National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road, Singapore 188969, and Kapok at Tang Plaza, Level 3, 310 Orchard Road, Singapore 238864. Also available online.
Rains Bag Collection
When it comes to braving the rain, say no more. For those who prefer simpler designs, the Rains collection of bags is packed with backpacks, shoulder bags and tote bags in cool colours, reflecting the overcast skies of a Scandinavian summer. These bags are built with the brand’s signature, waterproof polyester fabric, and are spacious and practical for everyday use.
Rains Utility Bag ($210), Rains Zip Bag ($139), Rains MSN Bag ($129) and Rains Tote Bag ($85), available at Kapok at NDC, #01-05, National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road, Singapore 188969, and Kapok at Tang Plaza, Level 3, 310 Orchard Road, Singapore 238864. Also available online.
Longchamp Le Pliage Tote
This must-have foldable handbag comes in a variety of sizes and colours, from hot pink to the darkest shade of black, as well as in limited edition designs like the collab with designer Jeremy Scott. The Le Pliage totes are made from long-lasting nylon with leather trims and water-resistant lining, this lightweight handbag is great for shopping and storing items that you want to keep away from the rain. If you want to see the latest printed versions of the Longchamp Le Pliage, check out our story on the most popular bag in Singapore.
Longchamp Le Pliage Tote starts from $130 at Longchamp stores islandwide.
Rebecca Minkoff Backpack
This backpack is a perfect switch from a one-shoulder strap to two. Known for its “It Girl” style and urban designs, Rebecca Minkoff’s bold-coloured backpack features a waterproof nylon body, stamped with its logo at the front. The lightweight bag has two front pockets, with a lined pocket inside its main interior. Adjust the shoulder straps for absolute comfort.
Rebecca Minkoff Backpack ($95), available in blood orange, desert sun and black at Shopbop.
Mischa Bucket Bag
Known for bold and colourful designs, the Hong Kong-based brand has just released these charcoal-coloured bucket bags that are great for a day out in the sun … and the rain. The Mischa Bucket Bag is made from waterproof cotton canvas with leather trim. It also has a spacious interior with a mini-pocket that allows you to store more than just the basics.
Mischa Bucket Bag ($283), available at Kapok, #01-05, National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road, Singapore 188969. Also available online.
Marc Jacob Nylon Biker Crossbody Bag
Prefer a crossbody bag? This Marc Jacobs bag is of sturdy nylon and ballistic weave – great for heavy showers. There are several pockets at the front, back, top and in the interior of the bag which is massively useful when you’ve got plenty to store. It also comes with adjustable shoulder straps.
Marc Jacobs Nylon Biker Crossbody Bag ($155) from Shopbop.