The 11 Best Raincoats for Women Who Can Handle Anything

Stylish rain jacket picks from Hunter, Everlane, Lululemon, and more.

Xenia Adonts wears sunglasses, a white turtleneck pullover, a golden chain necklace, a beige clear long rain jacket, beige pants, outside Maison Margiela, during Paris Fashion Week - Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021, on February 26, 2020 in Paris, France.
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Let’s talk about raincoats. A necessity in almost every climate, they’re often the afterthought of your winter jacket and coat collection. But I'm here to tell you that not only should you invest in a stylish raincoat for 2023, but there are raincoats on the market right now that are perfect for every situation. And if you’re still thinking that raincoats aren’t stylish or special enough to style a rainy day outfit around, I chatted with a trend forecaster to get the scoop on which rain jackets are trending for 2023, as well as the best way to wear yours so that it doesn't just feel like an extra layer. 

“If we learned anything about wardrobing through the pandemic, it's that the idea of owning fashion yet functional items no longer feels so foreign,” says  Jessica Richards, a trend forecaster and founder of JMR Trend + Creative, about why buying a great raincoat is so important right now. “We really need essentials that are ready for anything, because we've come now to expect the unexpected.” 

What Should You Look for in a Raincoat?

It might seem simple, but there are a surprising number of details that make a good raincoat the best raincoat. Raincoats should all be waterproof, obviously, but that’s where the similarities end for many of the jackets on this list. Some rain jackets are designed for working out, while others are designed to be worn in light rain or on your commutes to and from the office. Outdoorsy brands like The North Face, for instance, are designing rain jackets that be worn in three different types of weather, while other brands, like RAINS and Joules, are designing easy-to-style jackets that come in trendy colors and prints. Consider this the perfect reason to coordinate your raincoat and your favorite rain boots (or your new snow boots, if we're being honest). 

Shoppers want their raincoats to match their personal style, and brands are taking note. “Unpredictable weather patterns are happening all the time, so designers and brands are becoming more thoughtful in adding significant features like weather-proof finishes, rubberized hardware, packability, and sleek but comfortable silhouettes on offer in a variety of weights that work from warm to chilly seasons,” says Richards.

Shop Deals on Raincoats

OTU Waterproof Hooded Rain Jacket, $40 (opens in new tab)

OTU Waterproof Hooded Rain Jacket, $40 $30 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

We featured the pink version of this coat on our list, but this simple black option is on sale for $10 less right now. No matter the color, this jacket has garnered over 3,000 five-star reviews. One reviewer wrote: that they "wanted a lightweight, waterproof jacket with a hood," and that "this jacket delivered in all categories." Other reviewers recommend sizing up if you're planning to layer bulky sweaters underneath, and to order based on your measurements rather than the size that Amazon recommends.  

Columbia Women’s Arcadia™ II Rain Jacket $ 1 (opens in new tab)

Columbia Women’s Arcadia™ II Rain Jacket $1 (opens in new tab)00 $75 at Columbia (opens in new tab)

This lightweight and durable raincoat from Columbia comes in 15 different colors including this bright pink shade, an ice blue, white, black, a peachy pink, and more. It has seam-sealed finishings and has a drawstring at the bottom hem to keep the water out, no matter if it's a light drizzle or a heavy downpour. Shop it now for $75 in some colors, and shop it for $70 in others.

Eddie Bauer Glacier Peak Down Hooded Jacket | $259 (opens in new tab)

Eddie Bauer Glacier Peak Down Hooded Jacket | $259 $181 at Eddie Bauer (opens in new tab)

If you happen to live in a place that gets both frigidly cold and very (very) wet during the winter months, this puffer-jacket-rain-coat hybrid from Eddie Bauer is practically made for you. It’s available to shop in three different neutral colors and is made with bonded seams instead of regular ones that are designed to keep warmth in.

Stylish Raincoats for Women

Meet The Expert

Jessica Richards
Jessica Richards

Jessica Richards is a trend forecaster, style storyteller, and founder of JMR Trend + Creative, whose synergistic focus inspires what is now and next. With an extensive background in forecasting, concepts, and design for major North American retailers, she brings a forward-thinking yet commercially and brand-right viability to projects across the fashion and wellness industries.

Julia Marzovilla
E-Commerce Editor

Julia Marzovilla is the E-Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she covers everything from the latest beauty and fashion launches and sales to celebrity outfits and news. She also creates shopping guides that span every vertical on the site. Prior to joining the Marie Claire team, she contributed similar shopping stories to sites such as Bustle, InStyle, The Zoe Report, Who What Wear, and STYLECASTER. In her spare time, Julia can be found creating shopping guides for all of her friends, spending too much money on yet another pair of black boots, and cooking in her far-too-small kitchen.