Umbrellas do a good—not great—job at protecting you and your carefully selected outfit from the rain. On windy days, umbrellas flip inside out and tug you down the street, and in torrential downpours, you still end up drenched. Aside from a trusty rain jacket and rain boots, you'll need to arm yourself with a rain hat. But not just any kind of rain hat.
The best rain hats are compact, stylish, and protect you from droplets flying into your face. They also offer more mobility to go hands-free so that you can hold on to your bags, coffee, and phone. Plus, most rain hats can pass for regular hats, giving you more chances to show it off in bright and sunny weather. Keep scrolling to discover our favorite waterproof head coverings that outshine all umbrellas.
REMOVABLE STRAP RAIN HAT
A waterproof rain hat comes in multiple colors, including black and beige. It comes with detachable chin straps, so you can choose how to style it depending on the weather.
WIDE-BRIM RAIN HAT
This reversible rain hat is designed with wet days in mind, featuring a weather-resistant coating on one side and soft cotton twill on the other. Bonus: It can even be worn as a regular sun hat when skies are clear.
QUILTED RAIN HAT
This quilted bucket hat will keep you warm and dry on cold rainy days. It features fleece lining on the inside and is super packable for on-the-go moments or travel. Plus, it comes in two other colors.
CHINSTRAP RAIN HAT
Gear up on days when it's raining sideways with a rain hat designed with straps so it doesn't fly away. This one by Rains is made from waterproof fabric with a matte finish, inspired by styles commonly worn by military forces.
PLAID RAIN HAT
Mad for plaid? You'll want to get your hands on this affordable black and white bucket hat. The classic pattern will add lovely texture to your rainy-day outfit.
UNISEX RAIN HAT
Stutterheim is known for its raincoats, and not so surprisingly, the brand carries a range of all-weather hats, too. This unisex option is made from rubberized cotton fabric and would pair amazingly well with any of the brand's outerwear.
PVC RAIN HAT
Remember Chanel's PVC rain hats? If you didn't snag one, slip on this version from Eric Javits, crafted from crystal vinyl and patent leather.
MINIMAL RAIN HAT
Janessa Leone's water-repellant bucket is sleek-n-chic, particularly for those seeking a minimalist rain hat with a utilitarian bend. It's lightweight and packable—two essential features—and comes in two other neutral hues, khaki and black.
IRIDESCENT RAIN HAT
Brighten up a rainy day in this iridescent vinyl rain hat. Maximalists, this one is for you.
This rain hat bears Off-White's name and logo for those seeking a hype piece to add to their collection. It's also reversible (!) with an abstract pattern on the flip side for bolder moments. Thanks to its versatile design, you can easily work this street style piece into your everyday looks when there's not a drop in the forecast.
LUXE RAIN HAT
Two things Prada is synonymous with: luxury and bucket hats. For a luxe finishing touch in a drizzle, reach for one of the label's iconic styles in technical fabric.
PRINTED RAIN HAT
This Burberry bucket is a far cry from your traditional rain hat. It's crafted from cotton and features raindrop graphics with the label's 2D interlocking monogram print, inspired by the fluidity of changing weather.
RAIN HAT WITH POCKETS
This rain hat has pockets—enough said. It's unquestionably one of the coolest toppers to pair with your waterproof wear.
THE RAIN-TO-SUN HAT
This classic bucket hat will flawlessly blend in with all of your outfits, rain or sun. It's one of our favorite budget-friendly finds by far.
NYLON RAIN HAT
Instead of black, why not try a colorful rain hat with contrast stitching for so-fresh pop? Raindrops will glide right off this nylon style.
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