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Few things in life are certain, but no matter your climate, some amount of precipitation is inevitable. Instead of being caught off guard, prepare yourself for drizzle or downpour with one of the best raincoats for women. Gone are the days of thick rubbery raincoats that trap heat and limit range of motion. Today’s raincoats come in beautiful, innovative fabrics and are cut like the coats and jackets you already like wearing.
The best raincoats for women include this raglan sleeve trench from Belgium brand Bellerose.
Here you’ll find a mix of raincoats including classic, casual, active, outdoor, contemporary, and fashion-forward. There are options for petite, tall, plus, and even maternity, with options starting at just under $100.
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When you think Burberry and raincoat, your mind probably goes to the British label’s trademark trench. Turn that notion on its head with this cute, swingy style accented by a cinched drawstring waist and contrasting wide sleeves. It has an attached drawstring hood to pull up when the rain comes down and side zip pockets to keep your stuff safe as you dash from one chic locale to the next.
Gallery has been making quality outerwear for over five decades, creating styles that stand up to the elements and outlast the trends. This full length raincoat is a strong example of just that, offering coverage and made from water repellent fabric in a silhouette that’s stylish and timeless. A zip-out lining and removable drawstring hood make this a coat that can be easily worn even when it isn’t raining. It also comes in black.
At just under $100, this water-resistant anorak from Everlane is an easy “add to cart.” It’s made from recycled materials equivalent to about 14 plastic water bottles (please, if you haven’t already, let this jacket be your kick in the butt to buy a reusable water bottle!) and is lightweight with a hidden drawcord so you can wear it loose or cinch the waist. It has a spacious hood to protect your perfect hair, double zippers and easy snap closures, and generous pockets so you maybe don’t have to bring a purse.
Jane Post is a longstanding “rainwear” brand, offering stylish outerwear from sizes 2—24. Case in point, this glossy lavender swing coat giving ‘60s mod for today. It’s hooded and has generous patch pockets to hold the keys to your Vespa and side slits for ventilation and so it doesn’t get all bunchy when you sit. We found a few Jane Post styles on Amazon, but for more options check out Saks or Nieman Marcus.
Scandinavian label Rains is another dedicated rainwear designer, serving up styles that range from straightforward to high fashion. Falling a little closer to the fashion end of the spectrum is this semi-transparent trench style in a rich amber hue. Fully waterproof, this contemporary raincoat features a drawstring waist, slim lapel, hidden snap closure, and squared pockets with side entrance. Plus, it’s a whole look.
Stutterheim, out of Sweden, is another great brand dedicated to raincoats. Like Rains, you’ll find quality outerwear in classic silhouettes as well as more adventurous styles, like the glossy black trench pictured here. While it almost looks like patent leather, it’s actually a rubberized coating on a cotton/poly fabric. It has three front patch pockets with flaps to keep your stuff safe and a self-tie belt to lend shape.
This trench from Lululemon hits all the right notes. It’s got that classic trench look but is waterproof and windproof with sealed seams to keep you dry, plus removable belt and hood for when you want to look more polished or more sporty. There’s even a hidden phone sleeve among the zippered exterior pockets, and another hidden zippered chest pocket under the storm patch so you can hide all your secrets—or phone, wallet, keys, mask.
Patagonia’s trench-inspired Torrentshell City Raincoat is a packable style made of recycled nylon with a durable water repellant finish and is fair trade certified sewn—nothing less from one of the leaders in ethical labor practices and sustainable materials in the notoriously unethical, unsustainable garment industry. (For extra eco points, extend the life of a previously owned jacket by shopping Patagonia’s Worn Wear, and save a good deal in the process). On to the specs: we’re looking at a two way zipper, an adjustable hood with brim, and two zipper pockets lined with fuzzy fabric to sink your chilly hands into. Also comes in purple, cream, grey, and blue.
Not to oversell it, but this hyper convertible maternity jacket is kind of genius. It has an extender panel you can zip in to accommodate your body as it grows from trimester one through three, then remove and wear for years to come as a non-maternity jacket. There’s also a nursing panel that fits over your baby carrier to make life after baby a touch more streamlined. And the sleeves zip off so you can wear it as a vest, plus there’s a removable hood. The jacket is made a a lightweight, waterproof material and has zippered pockets to keep the essentials securely at hand.
A splurge for sure, but Bottega Veneta’s gorgeous take on the classic yellow raincoat is sure to brighten many gloomy days. It’s made in Italy from a slightly stretchy matte fabric that’s polyurethane coated to resist raindrops. An extra long belt with a slim triangular closure adds dimension to the full length style.
Here’s another yellow option at a more Earth-bound price (also comes in navy and a nice pine green color). This J.Crew best seller has a water-resistant, rubberized fabric to keep you dry and underarm eyelets for breathability. It has a double lined hood to protect your coif, patch pockets that snap close, and a hidden zip closure up the front. This raincoat comes in classic fit as well as petite and tall, and is available from XXS—3X.
This sporty style from GapFit is a great lightweight throw-on for walking the dog, running errands, or heading to and from the gym if that were a thing right now. It’s water resistant and has a detachable hood with drawcords, plus a banded waist. Front slant zipper pockets will keep your phone and cash dry. This raincoat comes in regular fit as well as petite and tall, from XS—XXL and also comes in black camo.
This Barbour classic is a timeless style you’ll wear for years to come. It’s made of comfortable cotton that’s been waxed with a water-resistant finish, making it a good pick for climates where drizzle comes and goes (but not the best for straight up downpours). This coat zips up the front with a button overlay and has a point collar that can be flipped up to guard from wind. It has two hand warmer chest pockets and two lower patch pockets with double snap closures to store your stuff.
Outerwear brand Aether makes thoughtfully designed, high performance apparel that looks more sleek than sporty. Take the Seattle jacket, a waterproof and wind resistant raincoat made of three layer GORE-TEX canvas. It has fully sealed seams to keep rain out and weatherproof zippers, plus side seam zippers to adjust the fit. Also comes in yellow and navy.
This stylish rain coat from Belgium brand Bellerose is a cool, minimalist update on the classic trench. Cut slightly oversized from a water repellent poly-cotton blend, it features raglan sleeves, tortoise buttons, and a self-tie belt. It has two side-entry pockets and buttons from the waist to the neck. Also available in navy.