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.
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.
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.