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 not only should you invest in a stylish raincoat for this season, but I've found a selection of the best raincoats you can wear right now and hold onto for years. And if you're still thinking that raincoats aren't stylish or unique 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 fashionable 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 need essentials ready for anything because we've come now to expect the unexpected," she continues. Ahead, I broke down everything you need to know before shopping—because, just like investing in other wet-weather essentials (hello, rain boots and snow boots!), finding a great raincoat requires some expert insight.
- Best Overall Raincoat: The North Face City Breeze Waterproof Rain Jacket
- Best Convertible Raincoat: The North Face Antora Triclimate® Jacket
- Best Short Raincoat: OTU Waterproof Hooded Rain Jacket
- Best Designer Raincoat: Canada Goose Kenora Jacket
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.
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Columbia Women's Arcadia™ II Rain Jacket,
$100 $75 at Columbia
Available in colors like berry red, pale pink, and baby blue, this jacket is available in both plus and standard sizes. "Very comfortable and true to size," wrote one reviewer. "Perfect for walking my dog in the rain, even on a hot day. Plenty of room for a sweater if needed."
Stylish Raincoats for Women
Best No Fuss Raincoat
If you want a simple raincoat that does what it promises and goes with everything in your wardrobe, allow me to introduce you to this great one from The North Face. It comes in either black or gray, in sizes XS through XXL, and a hood. It’s also both waterproof and windproof, has a lining for warmth, and is made from 100 percent recycled polyester. Reviewers say that it’s great for warm rainy days and that it fits true to size.
Pros: Comes in several colors; Made using recycled materials; Windproof; Lined; Runs true-to-size; Has a hood.
Cons: Costs over $100; Not good for very cold days.
Customer Review: "Perfect fit, waterproof and lightweight." — Nordstrom
Best Raincoat in Different Colors
Are you in the mood for a pink raincoat? This pick is perfect if you're indecisive because it's affordable. Plus, it's 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 plan to layer bulky sweaters underneath and order based on your measurements rather than the size that Amazon recommends.
Pros: Costs under $100; Comes in several colors; Top-rated on Amazon; Has a hood.
Cons: Runs small.
Customer Review: "It is very light and comfortable, the fit is great! I like that it has a drawstring at the waist for a better fit and helps keep the cold air out. The hood covers my head and fits over a hoodie sweatshirt hood, the velcro at the neck keeps it nicely formed around my face and helps keep wind and rain out" — Amazon.
Best Sustainable Raincoat
Consider me an Everlane super fan at this point. This lightweight raincoat from the brand is made from 100 percent recycled polyester. It also features a double-zip front and a hidden drawcord at the waist to cinch yourself in. Available in three colors (including this chic olive green) and in sizes XS through XXL, it's a great addition to your wardrobe this season. Reviewers say it rights slightly oversized—which is great for layering—but also note that it's not particularly warm.
Pros: Costs under $100; Comes in several colors; Made using recycled materials; Has a hood.
Cons: Unlined; Runs oversized
Customer Review: "I love this coat so much! It runs slightly large but looks nice as it is slightly oversized. I can dress it up or down." — Everlane.
Best Classic Yellow Raincoat
You can't go wrong with this yellow raincoat from Stutterheim. It's available in sizes XS through XXL and is made from a lightweight material that's packable for travel and has a straight up-and-down fit that's unisex by nature. Details like snap-closures, a drawstring that stays up, and double-welded seams guarantee that you stay dry no matter what. And, if yellow isn't your preferred shade, you can shop this jacket in 12 other colors like olive green and smokey gray.
Pros: Comes in several colors; Top-rated; Has a drawstring hood;
Cons: It may be too long if you're petite.
Customer Review: "Lovely coat, sizing is great, keeps you warm and dry. Lightweight and easy to fold into a bag. The hood stays up and doesn't get blown about by the wind" — Stutterheim.
Best Raincoat for Working Out In
For the woman who works out come rain or shine, here’s this raincoat from Lululemon. Available in three colors—this black shade, a lavender purple, and an olive green—and in sizes 0 through 20, this workout-approved jacket is outfitted with a wind vent at the back for breathability, has a hidden drawstring, and an adjustable hood that won’t budge as you work out. There’s even a hidden phone sleeve so you can work out without the hassle of having to carry a bag.
Pros: Comes in several colors; Runs true-to-size; Has a hidden drawstring at the waist; Has a hood; Not good for very cold days.
Cons: Costs over $100; Zipper can be hard to maneuver.
Customer Review: "Really comfortable and cute! Super light but protects you from the elements. I bought it true to size, and it fits me perfectly." — Lululemon
Best Convertible Raincoat
Yes, this jacket from outdoor-focused brand The North Face is pricey, but it's worth it because it's meant for any weather—and is two jackets in one. It combines an inner fleece layer and an outer waterproof jacket, which can be worn separately depending on the weather. The fleece jacket is a lightweight base layer underneath your parka, while the combination is great for chilly, wet winter days. It's available in sizes XS through 3X, and you can shop in six colorways.
Pros: Comes in several colors; Lined; Runs true-to-size; Versatile; Good for all weather.
Cons: Costs over $100; Has no inner pockets.
Customer Review: "Highly recommend winter jacket! Highly water-resistant, warm, and durable. The inner jacket is removable and stylish. It's true to size, but I recommend one size up for more comfort." — The North Face.
Best Take-Everywhere Raincoat
This top-rated printed long rain jacket from Joules is the definition of a fan favorite. It's lightweight and comes in several prints (including this adorable floral and black pattern). Plus, it's easily packable, making it a perfect pick if you're on the go. Some reviewers say it runs small through the chest area but also holds up in light rain and heavier storms. It's also made with thoughtful design elements, like an umbrella pocket, to keep your hands-free (and dry).
Pros: Long, Lightweight, Packable, Completely rainproof.
Cons: Runs small through the chest.
Customer Review: "Love the unusual, pretty pattern. Wore in heavy rain, and it's fully waterproof. Also, I like the handy umbrella pocket just below the hood. I usually carry foldable umbrellas in my hood, which can mean my coats/jackets pull on my neck. This little pocket is designed for that purpose, and I found it easy to reach behind and use. Great length, warm enough for me unless the weather is freezing, really well-made with a mesh lining." — Amazon.
Canada Goose makes some of my favorite puffer jackets on the market so I naturally turned to them in the rain coat department, too. Meet the Kenora Jacket. It comes in five colors including a hot pink and a light yellow and will keep you warm down to a temperature of 23 degrees Fahrenheit. You can shop it in sizes 2XS through to 2XL in most colorways, too. Perhaps the best part is the fact that’s it’s weatherproofed down to the zippers with a stormguarding across the back that’s meant to keep you dry in every direction.
Pros: Comes in several colors; Warm down to 23 degrees; Completely waterproof.
Cons: Some sizes tend to sell out quickly.
Best Raincoat That Comes in A Ton of Colors
This lightweight and durable raincoat from Columbia comes in 15 colors, including this bright pink shade, ice blue, white, black, peachy pink, and more. It has seam-sealed finishings and a drawstring at the bottom hem to keep the water out, whether drizzle or a heavy downpour. Plus, it packs up small enough to fit into one of the pockets, making it great for taking away on a vacation or camping trip. Oh—and it has over 1,500 five-star reviews on Columbia's website.
Pros: Top-rated; Comes in 15 colors; Lightweight; Packable.
Cons: Runs small.
Customer Review: "I have been looking for a light rain jacket for a long time and came across this; I'm so glad I did. It's very light weight and will be great for travel. The fit is great, room enough for a sweater underneath and yet comfortable without feeling too big or too small with the sweater, the sleeves are adjustable." — Columbia.
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