The 10 Best Raincoats for Women for Every Occasion

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 this season, but that I’ve found a selection of the best raincoats that you can wear right now and hold onto for years. 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 spring 2023, as well as the best way to wear yours so that it doesn't just feel like a waterproof 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 investing in the best raincoat for your needs is so important right now. “We really need essentials that are ready for anything, because we've come now to expect the unexpected,” she continues. Ahead, I broke down everything you need to know before you go shopping—because, just like investing in other wet-weather essentials (hello, rain boots and snow boots!), finding a great raincoat requires some expert insight. 

What to Look For in a Raincoat

Looking for a raincoat might seem simple, but there are a surprising number of details that make a good raincoat great. Raincoats should all be waterproof, obviously, but that’s where the similarities end for many of the jackets on this list. Some of the rain jackets I’ve included are designed for wearing while you work out outdoors—like a very cute one from Lululemon—while others are best suited for light rain or your commutes to and from the office. Outdoorsy brands like The North Face, for instance, make rain jackets that can be worn in three different types of weather, while other brands, like RAINS, boast easy-to-style jackets that come in trendy and seasonal colors and prints. 

“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. 

Deals on Raincoats

The North Face Antora Triclimate® Jacket, $230

The North Face Antora Triclimate® Jacket, $230 $161 at The North Face 

Yes, this jacket from The North Face is pricey (even on sale!) but it’s worth it because it’s meant for any type of weather, plus it's basically two jackets in one. It’s a combination of an inner fleece layer and an outer waterproof jacket, which can be worn separately depending on the weather

Eddie Bauer Glacier Peak Down Hooded Jacket | $259

Eddie Bauer Glacier Peak Down Hooded Jacket | $259 $181 at Eddie Bauer

If you happen to live in a place that gets both frigidly cold and very (very) wet during the winter months, this puffer jacket-raincoat 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.