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It's hard to deny the necessity of a good rain jacket, no matter your location or the time of year. While this piece of outerwear isn't considered a staple item in every woman's wardrobe, it should be—if nothing else, because nobody wants to ruin a great outfit due to a post-work downpour. And when we say rain jackets, we're not talking about your dad's old anorak. Today's rain jackets are cool, lightweight, and sleek enough that you'll actually be looking forward to wet weather. To prove it, I found 28 of the most stylish raincoats on the market. From classic black and yellow versions to some pretty out-there options that double as versatile winter coats, this list has it all. (Psst: Don't forget about your rain boots (opens in new tab)!)
The Sustainable Rain Coat
Consider me an Everlane super fan at this point. This raincoat is made from 100 percent recycled polyester. It also features a double-zip front and a hidden drawcord at the waist so you can cinch yourself in.
It's called the "Perfect Rain Jacket" for a reason. J.Crew's best-selling coat is refreshingly simple, and comes in eight different colors. Shoppers can't stop talking about the lightweight and easy fit.
The Olive Green Pick
This classic olive-green trench coat from Mango is so classic. The tan buttons add a retro twist, while the lightweight design makes it perfect for layering as the weather changes.
The Rain Parka
For days when the weather is cold and rainy (ew), consider this parka from The North Face. It's both windproof and waterproof so you'll stay warm and dry all day long.
The All-Season Pick
Barbour jackets are timeless. Treat this Beadnell Waxed Cotton Jacket well and it will last you a lifetime. Plus, this is the kind of piece that looks better as it wears in over time.
The Vibrant Pick
Why play it safe when you can play with color? This Golightly printed rain coat comes in two colors, but this red heart print is my personal favorite.
The High-Shine Jacket
This glossy pick from Jane Post was made to stand out. It comes with a removable hood so you can change up your look based on the weather and it wipes clean, so you won't have to worry about getting it dirty.
The Cult Favorite
Columbia's best-selling Arcadia waterproof rain jacket comes in lots of different colors and has earned plenty of five-star reviews on Amazon. As one reviewer noted, it's perfect for light to moderate showers and fits snugly. Make sure to order a size up if you're into layering.
The Extra Long Pick
There are long jackets, and then there are longer jackets. This pick from Rains is perfect for tall girls, thanks to the bel0w-the-knee hemline.
The Fun Pick
K-Way has become known for its range of cool and lightweight raincoats, and this floral-printed hooded option is no exception.
Best Color Selection
Are you in the mood for a pink raincoat? This under-$30 pick is perfect if you're indecisive because it's so dang affordable.
The Sporty Pick
Are you someone who runs outdoors in the rain? Then this Adidas dress is perfect. It comes in a classic hue that'll match all your workout gear and is lightweight enough for you to work out in.
The Target Pick
I don't know about you, but I go to Target for everything. This raincoat from A New Day comes in sizes XS through 4X and is available in four fall-appropriate colorways.
The Packable Pick
Heading out of town? You need this coat from Athleta. It's literally designed to be stowed away in a suitcase!
The Staple Pick
I can find no faults with this Hazel Waxed Jacket. It comes in a few neutral hues, has a removable hood, and fits true-to-size.
The Pastel Pick
Lavender is one of the few colors that weirdly works year-round. It pairs well with white dresses in the summer and with shades of black and gray in the winter. This pick from Avec Les Filles is a winner.
The Yellow Pick
Is owning a yellow rain coat on your bucket list? Mine too. Shop this sunny pick from Hunter now.
The Lightweight Pick
If you need a piece that will literally feel like you've got nothing on, this coat from ASOS DESIGN as you covered—literally!
For a Boxier Fit
Beat the blues in Stutterheim's unisex mid-length coat. The brand is known for its beautiful rain jackets with boxy fits.
The Roomy Pick
It may be a rainy day, but the weather doesn’t have to stop you from having a fashion moment. This oversized, midi-length raincoat with a drawstring at the waist will add an ultra-cool vibe to any look.
The On-The-Go Pick
Whether you’re commuting to work or going on a trip, this packable rain jacket is a must-buy. The mid-length, water-resistant topper folds into a detachable zip pouch that you can toss in your work bag or your suitcase.
The Plaid Pick
A modern silhouette with a classic print, this H&M raincoat with a drawstring hood is affordable and versatile. It'll look just as great over your work attire as it will with casual weekend ensembles.
The Cold-Weather Pick
For chilly, rainy days, you’ll want to reach for this hooded, down raincoat. It’s both waterproof and windproof, so you’ll stay dry and warm.
The Outdoorsy Pick
Available in petite, regular, and plus sizing in several colors, this under-$100 rain jacket is ready for an adventure. The well-reviewed style is lightweight and breathable making it a great choice for hiking and other outdoor activities. Plus, it packs down into its own pocket!
The Colorblock Pick
Stay dry and look good doing it in this stylish waterproof mac. The colorblock coat has an internal pocket that you can tuck your essentials in to keep them safe from the elements.
The Timeless Pick
This refined, A-line raincoat will easily transition from day to night. The hood is also removable if you plan to carry an umbrella.
The Relaxed-Fit Pick
Take on the elements in style with this raincoat that offers a pop of bright royal blue. The two oversized front pockets add a chic and practical design element.
The Printed Pick
On a gloomy day, this charming gingham raincoat will brighten your spirits. The super-cute style cinches at the waist and has two flap pockets at the front.