The 18 Best Raincoats for Women, from a Classic Slicker to an Everyday Trench

editor@purewow.com (PureWow)
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We’re not going to sugarcoat it: Rain kind of sucks, especially if you have things to do (like go to the grocery store). But you know what makes a dreary day just a bit more palatable? A fabulous raincoat. From a super-bright colorblocked anorak to a classic trench you’ll wear for years—even when skies are blue—here are some of the best water-resistant jackets on the market right now.

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1. Joules Golightly Print Raincoat

For the gal who loves mixing prints, this Joules lightweight jacket comes in five fun options, but our favorite has to been this springy yellow floral. We also love the hidden waist drawstring that helps bring shape to an otherwise oversize fit.

Buy it ($80)

Available in sizes 2 to 16

2. Barbour Christie Wax Jacket

Barbour has been making water-repellant outerwear for over 120 years, so it’s safe to say the folks behind the brand know a thing or two about making high-quality coats that last. We love the slightly boxier cut of this cropped version, and the addition of an extra flap to seal off the upturned collar if the winds really start to blow.

Buy it ($400)

Available in sizes 4 to 14

3. Stutterheim Mosebacke Striped Jacket

It may have only launched in 2010, but Stutterheim has already solidified itself as a maker of top-tier rain jackets. The Swedish brand is best-known for its classic, minimalist silhouettes in a slew of gorgeous colors, ranging from muted pastels to moody jewel tones to Curious George yellow, and, of course, classic black. A note on sizing: The Mosebacke has a very generous cut (excellent for those with wider hips or big butts) and the size guide suggests a medium translates to a U.S. size 12-14, so be sure to double check the sizing before you add to cart.

Buy it ($325)

Available in sizes XXS to M

4. Backcountry Daintree Rain Jacket

This blue-gray number was made for outdoor adventures, but will work just as well for walks around the city or standing along the sidelines of your daughter’s soccer game. It comes with an adjustable hood, cuffs and hem so you can cinch yourself in tight to really ensure no water gets in, or loosen everything for a breezier silhouette.

Buy it ($100; $65)

Available in sizes XXS to L

5. Everlane The ReNew Anorak

This two-tone anorak is also adjustable, this time with a hidden drawstring at the waist so the spacious cut doesn’t swallow you whole (unless you like the oversize look, that is). And while we love the longer hem and the fact that it’s machine-washable, the thing that really sold us on the ReNew Anorak is the fact that it’s made from 100 percent recycled materials.

Buy it ($98)

Available in sizes XXS to XL

6. Cotopaxi Teca Half-Zip Windbreaker

This super-lightweight, packable windbreaker is best for lighter rain (it’s definitely waterproof but won’t provide much in the way of warmth) or to stick in your backpack or work tote just in case. It’s made from repurposed materials and fabric scraps, hence the fun colorblock pattern, and will definitely stand out—in the best way—in dreary gray weather.

Buy it ($80)

Available in sizes XS to XL

7. London Fog Plus Size Hooded Belted Water-Resistant Trench Coat

You can never go wrong with a classic trench coat, especially if said coat is also water-resistant and ready to take on the elements (not all trenches are, so be sure to read the label). The particular variation has a gorgeous layered lapel and large contrasting buttons to differentiate itself from the most minimalist designs. It also comes with a removable hood if you’d rather utilize a chic umbrella than muss up your hair.

Buy it ($220; $132)

Available in size 0X to 2X

8. Marina Rinaldi Plus Size Waterproof Taffeta Trench Coat

This super-sleek double-breasted trench is minimalism at its finest, and allows the slight sheen of the taffeta fabric to take center stage. The only adornment is a tortoiseshell buckle to adjust the fit if you prefer a cinched silhouette.

Buy it ($655)

Available in sizes 14W to 22W

9. Jane Post Varsity Slicker Jacket

For the gal who wants anything except a traditional rain coat, this bomber should do the trick. Yes, it’s entirely waterproof, but won’t look as out of place as a classic anorak if the sun happens to come out in the afternoon.

Buy it ($375)

Available in sizes XS to XL

10. The North Face Woodmont Rain Jacket

This sage-hued jacket is made entirely from recycled materials and is designed to keep you cool, wicking away sweat and moisture from the inside, while simultaneously preventing even a drop of rain from seeping through. It also features a “double stormflap” front which means there is a water-sealed zipper hidden behind one layer of fabric and then covered again with a snap-front layer for extra protection from the elements.

Buy it ($129)

Available in sizes XS to XL

11. Columbia Plus Size Switchback III Jacket

Another fun packable option, this Columbia zip-up comes in more muted shades as well, but we say why not go bold with lime green on a dark and stormy day? It comes with a hidden inner pocket for anything you really don’t want exposed to the rain, and the hood can be folded into the collar if you want it stowed out of the way.

Buy it ($75; $38)

Available in sizes 1X to 3X

12. Lands’s End Plus Size Squall Waterproof Raincoat with Hood

If you want a waterproof topper that will also keep you nice and warm during chilly autumn storms, Lands’ End’s Squall jacket is a great option. It’s fleece-lined, so you don’t need to stuff a chunky turtleneck underneath to stay warm, while the outer layer is repels even the heaviest rains. Oh, and did we mention it’s machine washable?

Buy it ($180)

Available in sizes 1X to 3X

13. Calvin Klein Plus Size Hooded Raincoat

The swing silhouette helps direct rainfall away from your legs so your bottom half doesn’t end up soaked after walking the dog. And while this jacket overall has a super simple, no frills design, there are cords on the hood to cinch it in closer to your face.

Buy it ($180; $144)

Available in sizes 0X to 3X

14. Burberry Kensington Trench Coat with Detachable Hood

It doesn’t get much more classic than a Burberry trench coat, and while they certainly don’t come cheap, they’re built to last and will never go out of style. This particular cut has an extra wide hood that lays beautifully across the back when in not use (it can also be removed entirely, if you prefer), and is made from lightweight taffeta so you won’t feel bogged down even as the rain begins to pick up speed.

Buy it ($990)

Available in sizes 2 to 14

15. Rains Long Rain Jacket

This longline style is cut to that Goldilocks length that won’t overwhelm petite frames while still offering plenty of coverage to those on the taller end of the spectrum. And because it’s made from a super-light blend of polyester and polyurethane, it’s a great choice for warmer rain storms in mid-summer.

Buy it ($125)

Available in sizes XXS/XS to L/XL

16. Patagonia Rainshadow Packable Jacket

This simple but classic slicker is Fair Trade Certified and was made using practices that protect the environment, build sustainable livelihoods and boost economic empowerment. Plus, as a founding member of 1% for the Planet, Patagonia has committed to donating one percent of its annual sales to nonprofit partners in support of environmental solutions.

Buy it ($199)

Available in sizes XXS to XL

17. Woman Within Printed Lining Hooded Raincoat

The cheerful floral lining is sure to brighten your day, even if a torrential downpour is blocking out the sun. Although there is no zipper closure, the front buttons sit behind an additional flap of fabric to better protect you from sideways rain storms. Plus, we love how the button adjustments at the cuffs give a traditional trench coat vibe.

Buy it ($100; $70)

Available in sizes 14W to 34W

18. Jane Post Colorblocked Long City Slicker

The super shiny material and combination of black, white and ice blue are giving us very cool futuristic vibes. But if that’s not really your thing, it also comes in a more feminine mix of millennial pink, cherry red and bright white that is just as bold, if a bit more festive.

Buy it ($395)

Available in sizes XS to XL

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