I’m British, which means I know a thing or two about the rain. In fact, I grew up in two very wet regions of the U.K. (North Wales and the North East of England), so you’d be right in thinking my year-round uniform always included some sort of rain protection—predominantly a handful of practical and reliable raincoats.
Even though I live in (very dry!) L.A. now, I still visit England often, and I’m still very faithful to a small selection of cool and practical raincoats that not only protect from the elements but that also look chic.
So since we’re officially immersed in crisp and cool fall and headed into rainy winter, now is the perfect time to invest in one. Read on as I share my favorite waterproof raincoats and shop the coats I have my eye on this season.
I've always been a loyal fan of Barbour's classic waxed jackets. (I grew up in the city where the brand was founded, so I got to frequent its outlet way too often.) Its selection of water-resistant, waterproof, and breathable jackets add a countryside-cool touch to every ensemble. Oh, and Kate Middleton is a huge fan.
This also comes with a quilted lining to keep you warm and cozy.
You can't go wrong with Barbour's classic.
I just love its collab with Alexa Chung.
How about a touch of pink to brighten up the gray fall days?
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You may know Hunter for its trusty waterproof wellies, but the brand also outdoes itself when it comes to its practical raincoats. The rubberized fabric of the waterproof cotton smock jacket repels water in the heaviest of downpours, and its design is perfect for the city or countryside alike.
Wear this loose or cinched at the waist with its drawstring.
The original cotton smock is a fashion-girl favorite.
A versatile option to throw over sweaters and tees.
The semi-sheer fabric gives it a cool look.
Danish outerwear brand Rains is the king of wet-weather fashion—and my savior through downpours! Its raincoats strike the perfect balance between highly functional and fashionable design. Its minimalist silhouettes and nifty features are timeless, so it's no surprise the brand has grown such a loyal following among the fashion set.
I particularly love the matte finish.
Such a pretty hue.
The handy flap pockets are perfect for stowing your phone and keys.
Show off your chic fall outfits with this transparent number.
Shop more of the coolest raincoats that won't dampen your style:
Another Scandi raincoat brand to have on your radar is Stutterheim. This iconic coat is made from rubberized cotton and has undergone severe-climate testing!
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The North Face is another one of my favorite brands when it comes to durable raincoats that shield from wind and rain.
I love the fact it's made of 100% recycled fabric derived from plastic water bottles.
Moncler makes some of the most stellar raincoats.
Layer over your favorite cable-knit sweater.
Details like a sturdy hood, adjustable cuffs, a drawstring waist, and double-entry pockets make it super functional during any storm.
A classic rain mac you'll reach for time and again.
Made from lustrous PVC and with a shearling-lined hood and a detachable down-padded gilet, this is guaranteed to be a very smart investment.
Made for light showers, this striking silhouette will look chic over every ensemble.
The ultimate vintage-meets-technical durable hooded raincoat.