The 13 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 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. 

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

OTU Waterproof Hooded Rain Jacket, $55

OTU Waterproof Hooded Rain Jacket, $55 $32 at Amazon

"It is very lightweight and easy to pack in a suitcase or carry-on," wrote one reviewer of this jacket from OTU. It has over 7,000 five-star reviews on Amazon that say the same.

Columbia Women's Arcadia™ II Rain Jacket,

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."

Rains Alta Hooded Waterproof Puffer Jacket, 430

Rains Alta Hooded Waterproof Puffer Jacket, $430 $323 at Saks Fifth Avenue

Both colors of this cropped waterproof puffer jacket are on sale in Saks Fifth Avenue’s massive Friends & Family Sale.

Stylish Raincoats for Women