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three best raincoats

Last month, we helped a reader search for a wedding dress (please stay tuned for her pictures!), and now a reader named Emily needs a raincoat…

“I would love reader recommendations for warm raincoats,” says Emily B. “My current jacket feels cold and clammy when I wear it.” Fair enough! Here are three I like:

there best raincoats

If you’ll be wearing it with a sweater, Rains has lightweight, unlined jackets. I love that they’re totally waterproof, but won’t make you hot and sweaty. (I have this slightly longer blue one.)

three best raincoats

J.Crew has a cool camo version, which would give your outfit a pop on drizzly days. It keeps selling out, but it’s back in stock for now.

stutterheim raincoat

And the mothership of all rain gear is Swedish brand Stutterheim. Their raincoats, made of rubberized cotton, have been tested “in horrible conditions both at sea and in the city.” So, you know you’ll stay warm and cozy no matter what. Plus, they come in tons of colors. Remember the Swedish saying, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing”?

Thoughts? What raincoats do you swear by? Please share below… And by the way, here are the perfect rain boots!

P.S. 14 things I’ve worn a million times, and a French bra trick.

(Photo by Bonninstudio/Stocksy.)

  1. Natalie says...

    I bought the Soia & Kyo Desiree about one week into Quarantine for rainy springtime walks. Being able to get outside even when the weather was crummy did wonders for my mental health.

    I love that it’s longer, so it keeps more of you dry. Plus, it completely covers your butt if you’re wearing leggings.

    It’s one of my favorite purchases ever. I aways remember it as my “Corona Coat.” :)

    https://www.soiakyo.com/us/en/desiree-knee-length-water-repellent-jacket/DESIREE.html

  2. Ashley says...

    Everlane has a wonderful one that I love and Pendleton is a great brand that sells really high quality pieces.

  3. Barbara says...

    After moving to Norway, I learned to understand the importance of good outdoor clothing. I wear a simple raincoat from Helly Hansen, that keeps me warm and dry and lasts for YEARS. Other great brands: Bergans and Norrøna.

  4. Kelly M Kennedy says...

    This is so helpful thanks for sharing, something I’ve been looking for for almost a year now is the perfect sweatshirt! I hate hoods, want it slightly cropped but not a belly shirt and I also don’t want too much of a dolman sleeve because I want to be able to wear it under a coat. Obviously it has to be cute too and warm and soft. Now you see why I can’t seem to find the perfect one!

    • Ashley says...

      J.Crew! I have fallen in love with their sweatshirts!

  5. Helen says...

    I recently scored a Stutterheim off a local trading app in exchange for some local beers (a men’s medium, so it’s giant but in a way I’m into?) and it’s fantastic! I also have a pullover Anorak from Mountain Equipment Co-op (like REI) that’s ideal for when I need a shorter jacket (biking, hiking, warmer days, etc.) but because of the half zip and kangaroo pocket, it still feels cute!

  6. Buy yourself a winter raincoat with a warm liner. It took me living in Paris for nearly 15 years before I realized this was a necessity and it has changed my life! Especially this year, we are all going to want to be outside a lot more and a warm raincoat will make your life better. (I have an Aigle raincoat, but really any brand will do.)

  7. Samantha says...

    Hello!
    I’m a geography student in Vancouver, Canada and do field work in the rain in for many hours a week. It gets very humid inside your raincoat if it is not lined. If you’re from somewhere where it rains alot but isn’t freezing cold i suggest layering something like a patagonia nano puff under a gortex shell to get rid of the layer moisture that gets stuck and it’ll keep you warmer and drier! If your find that it is absorbing the rain and not wicking it, you can also spray it down with some nikwax to maintain/ increase how waterproof it is.

    Good luck on your search!

  8. Rita says...

    Ladies with short arms: how do you handle raincoat sleeves? Rolling them works okay in a drizzle (fabric depending), but not in a downpour. Do you tailor your sleeves? Are there 3/4 sleeve raincoats? Help!

  9. Nina says...

    Hello from North Germany where we have quite a lot of rainy days in a year and we like spending time outsides. My family and I are loyal Patagonia fans. I can usually score some good stuff second hand but when it comes to rain jackets I prefer to buy them unused. I have a Yosemite Falls Trench for the winter which I usually couple with a basic softshell or a light down jacket. For more active days (since the Yosemite is not breathable enough) I prefer their 3L torrentshell which has underarm zippers. (I walk at least two to three hours everyday since the baby likes to nap outside in the stroller). My husband had a Patagonia raincoat for ten years and it was coming apart, he contacted them and they gave a huge discount since the life of a rainjacket is apparently somewhere between 10 to 12 years. I had many other rain jackets before but after very extensive research a couple of years ago I ended up buying Patagonia and never looked back. When it comes to rainjackets it is important to go with a company with values since all these waterproof coating and layering have huge environmental impact.

  10. JB says...

    I bought a Barbour jacket a few years ago. It was EXPENSIVE but I love it so much and will never need another raincoat. It has a removable hood, removable winter liner, and the company will repair/rewax it for you as needed, so it will last forever. The best thing, though, is the cozy handwarmer pockets – the second I stuck my hands in there, I was sold.

  11. Rachel says...

    I was on a field trip with my preschooler and got totally drenched, just soaked! wearing a cute little rain jacket from
    Gap. I immediately ordered a real one from Lands End and it’s still going strong nine years later.
    It’s a cheerful bright yellow, warm, tons of pockets, and actually waterproof. I love it so much.

  12. Emily H says...

    I bought a Helly Hansen rain jacket a few years ago on sale at REI and it is hands down my favorite coat, in general – not just my favorite rain jacket. It’s gore-tex, long, hooded, and slightly lined (but just barely – enough for it not to feel like you’re wearing a clammy, wet garbage bag). I looked online and found their Valkyrie jacket looks the most similar to the one I purchased. Hope you love it!

  13. trish says...

    I love my rains rain coat , simple and stylish ! But, I have just treated myself to a new jacket from AE rainwear https://www.ae-rainwear.no/woman/gent/18701/ . It is such a step up with great details like a zip on the back to make it roomier (perfect on the bike) and the best hood ever which can be buttoned back or made bigger. Best raincoat I have ever owned . They have lots of stylish options. x

  14. Letizia Bemberg says...

    I just ordered a Barbour (the collection by Alexa Chung is amazing). They’re expensive but you keep them for life!

  15. WB says...

    I live in the PNW and love love my stutterheim. Keeps me so dry on long rainy walks and I have never had a coat that gets as many compliments. People always tell me how much they love it and ask the brand. Also! Mine is 5 years old and is in great shape. Highly recommend.

  16. angela says...

    shoot now I really want… need the Swedish rain coat, hunter has really cute low rain boots (have them in leopard) and Bludstone is the best winter/rain boot by far also super outdoorsy;)

  17. jessica says...

    I have too many raincoats to admit to but the one I find myself reaching for more often than not is a Lululemon Rain Haven — it’s tailored and has a million pockets and is the perfect length. Good luck with your search!!

  18. Christine says...

    Ll Bean with removable lining is the best. Love it so much have had for over 5 years.

    • Melissa says...

      Agree! Love Jules for both myself and my kids!

    • Mel says...

      Agree! They are very good, cotton lined and the prints are fab!

  19. Lauren Callaway says...

    I need a necklace. For years I have worn a small silver pendant, but recently, like all good things in 2020, it broke and was lost. Wouldn’t mind some suggestions for something small, beautiful and sturdy.

    • lizzy says...

      I got myself one of Catbird’s pinprick necklaces for my 2020 graduation, and have not taken it off except for a long hiking trip. It is so subtle and delicate but feels put together and elegant.

  20. Kirstin says...

    The best raincoat I ever bought was from Boden. I loved it, I still love it! I live in Australia, and I sat down and thought who understand rain, cold weather, walking alone on a dark and misty morning and the need for a decent zipper? The English – those people who live on moors and have a long shipping history! The one I bought was white with big navy spots, and had a bright yellow zipper that NEVER gets caught or jammed. In winter and Autumn I walk to the train station along a dark street with no lights, so I wanted any cars to be able to see me. It is warm enough that I don’t need to wear a jumper under it. It’s also smart enough that it looks great at work.

  21. Amy says...

    What a great thread! Does anyone have recommendations for a raincoat that can stand up to January and February temps in Chicago? I never know what to do on those 40-degree rainy days. I end up stuffing my puffy coat-covered body into my Patagonia shell, and I feel like a (still cold) Michelin man.

    • Janie says...

      I’m in Chicago too and have coated my puffy coat with waterproofing spray (you can get stuff made for rewaterproofing raincoats/outdoor gear etc.). I’m not sure how environmentally friendly tbh it is but it does work really well. Although laundering takes some off I never need to do it more than once a year and it doesn’t change the finish/look of my coat once sprayed. Probably makes your coat highly water repellant vs. truly resistance but that’s more than enough even in snow.

      Second option – I have a longer packable raincoat from uniqlo & I sized up so I can and I wear it over coats when it’s raining. It’s not quite big enough for over my long puffer but close!

    • Hilde Kaiser says...

      I live in the Chicago area and was on the same quest for a coat for 40 degrees and rainy! Fjallraven has a million jacket types/weights and I invested in the Kiruna light parka last year. It’s been amazing, both for Chicago weather, as well as a very well in a rainy Rome last Thanksgiving. Look no more!

    • Daliah Silver says...

      I live in Chicago too and I have a 3-1 coat from Eddie Bauer. It has a puff inner and a waterproof liner that attaches with buttons. I love it, and it a great all in one for the weird cold then warm days, and keeps me warm on the super cold days!

    • mindi says...

      Also a Chicagoan. Hands down the best jacket I have ever owned is by Patagonia. If you can afford it, it’s the best investment, ever. I have had mine for 6 winters, and wear it as my winter coat and rain coat from October to April. It’s warm enough for the coldest winter, and somehow still not too hot at the start of fall or start of spring (it’s magic like that!).

      It also has a two way zipper so I don’t bust a gut bending over or hulk out while driving (what is wrong with coat companies? Lots of ladies have hips, butts, and thighs, people! Those things, ahem, expand when we sit!). Oh, and it’s waterproof. Like, completely.

      They no longer sell the version I have, but the closest I can find on their website is the Great Falls parka. My sister owns the Tres 3-in-1 which is two coats in one (the down liner zips out, so you can wear just the waterproof shell or the liner, or zip together for maximum warmth). That one is quite pricey (my sis happened to be dating someone who got a pro deal, and she got it for an incredible price), but sometimes at weird times in the season, they have sales on the colors that aren’t selling as well. I suggest signing up for their emails for sale alerts, and using Rakuten for maximum cash back.

    • Elizabeth Velasquez says...

      Herno makes a great raincoat that’s downfilled, but you’d never guess my looking at the outside. Expensive but worth it

  22. Emily says...

    Hello from a Minnesotan who recently moved to Seattle! I have an REI Co-op rain jacket that I have been loving for the last few months of living in the PNW. However, for WARM and 100% waterproof, I’m obsessed with my Fjallraven parka. I have a large dog who needs long walks rain or shine, so actually being waterproof is a big deal to me. I don’t believe any of J. Crew’s alleged rain jackets can in fact withstand the rain for long.

  23. M says...

    Oh man. I’m going down a raincoat rabbit hole right now. Reading about water columns and breathability rates and everything. I already have two (not cheap) but they’re not cutting it and am obsessed with my husband’s Fjallraven Keb Shell coat. It’s insane, I have yet to find a coat with a higher water column (why, why am I doing this to myself? I could be reading novels or watching shows) and he also wore it to Antarctica with just a hoody underneath. But it’s never too hot either, and I am Dutch so I bring my kids to daycare on my bike, which means I pedal for three. It’s also insanely expensive though…

  24. Stephanie Armstrong says...

    I live in England where we are in the midst of weeks of unrelenting rain. I SWEAR by my Rains jacket. It allows me to get outside, go for a walk and seize the day. It’s totally practical, looks chic and can be layered for colder weather, or worn when it’s warmer out. I’m originally from New England and my dad would always repeat the old adage, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing”. IT IS SO TRUE. Don’t let bad rainwear prevent you from living your life. That is one thing the British have pat down, and I’m so grateful for it.

  25. Molly Zuckerman says...

    Boden raincoats or, on the lower cost end, my London fog trench coat still looks new after a decade of regular wear and has a wonderful, snuggly removable wool liner. Highly recommend!

  26. Another great Swedish brand for raincoats and parkas is Didriksons! I have one of their winter coats and it’s sooo warm and even in horrible rainy weather I can ride my bike in it and don’t get wet at all!

  27. Sharon says...

    What is the matter with these companies? Rains sizing guide says their XL is a 10 – 12. Since when is a size 12 an XL?

    • Margaux says...

      so ridiculous.

    • Becky says...

      This seems to be accurate everywhere except the US, where vanity sizing seems to be the norm. In Australia, our 16 (your 12) is plus size and is absolutely an XL.

  28. MK says...

    Love my Armor Lux raincoat in classic and poppy yellow!

  29. Fiona says...

    Joules!! I have three raincoats from this classic British brand – super chic and super waterproof!

    • Jana says...

      I live in Bergen, Norway, which is the city with most rain in whole Europe. Since you may end up wearing your raincoat about half of the year, many Bergenser invest in a Raincho from the brand Norwegian Rain. Very expensive, but incredibly stylish: https://norwegianrain.com/

  30. Toni says...

    I have a raincoat from the brand Hunter (same as the rainbows) that I absolutely love. Plus it’s 100% waterproof and easy to layer. I bought it on Shopbop a few years ago but I swear by that brand.

    • maywyn says...

      Columbia has good fit for my large size. Thank you for the link. Will check out the Sutterheim as well

  31. Jenna says...

    I live in the UK and have worn a Didrikson’s winter coat for the last 2 years, very warm and waterproof, I can’t recommend it enough. But for an actual raincoat I haven’t found anything better than Paramo. They are breathable and extremely waterproof https://www.paramo-clothing.com/en-gb/

    • Sarah says...

      Rainkoat for kids is excellent, and their waterproof overalls are fantastic!

  32. Cheryl K says...

    Boden!! Omg my raincoat has fleece inside. So cozy! Also they have whimsical designs and colors -still office appropriate!!

  33. Claire says...

    I also have a Boden rain jacket, and love it (bright blue gingham, toggles, hood, big pockets). I don’t see it on the website currently or I would link to it. I got super distracted by the winter coats though.
    I am a long-time Boden customer, because I’ve found their clothes are very well made, high quality, they have good sales, and excellent customer service.
    I like their sweaters quite a lot too.

  34. Sydni Jackson says...

    I think you may have missed her request for it to be warm? I have that J.Crew coat (in navy) and it’s not lined or anything. Perfect for a Florida winter, but won’t keep you warm. I do have an older J.Crew version that’s thicker, like their field jacket, and it works down to temperatures of about 45!

    • A says...

      I was thinking this too… none of these coats look lined and warm, as the commenter requested.

    • Lindsey Young says...

      Yes, exactly!

  35. Megan says...

    I swear by my London Fog Audrey trench-coat — detachable hood, zip in/out flannel liner (so it can be light for Spring, or warm for Fall). I wear it every summer when I travel to the UK. It looks nice enough I can wear it over a dress for work, but is durable and comfy enough to go tromping through sheep pastures in.
    Bonus: comes in petite sizes!

    https://www.londonfog.com/women/outerwear/raincoats/audrey-classic-double-breasted-trench-coat-detachable-hood-liner.html

    • Claire says...

      love a classic trench coat

  36. Julie says...

    I had a nice mid-weight raincoat for many years that was from athleta. The fabric itself was waterproof so it didn’t have that stiff rubber feeling.

    Loving the other suggestions in the comments too! Lots of great options.

  37. Kate says...

    Two years ago I bought about 6 raincoats online to try on at home because I’m super picky. I live in Minnesota so I know proper outerwear. I ended up returning all of the more expensive Patagonia, North Face, etc. and settled on this super affordable option:
    https://outdoorgearinc.com/product/boulder-gear-womens-cascade-long-softshell-jacket/

    It is warm, has deep pockets and a hood that fully covers your head, even with your hair up, and has a flattering adjustable cinch at the waist. I’ve never gotten more compliments on a piece of outerwear.

  38. Danielle says...

    Does anyone have particular suggestions for plus size raincoats? I hold my weight in my stomach and most raincoats tend to be cut straight to the body, which means I have to size up and they don’t fit my shoulders correctly. Something with a more generous cut without becoming too much material is so hard to find.

  39. Kristy says...

    I don’t understand the hype over Stutterheim raincoats. I had one that I ended up selling because my shirt got completely soaked in a driving rainstorm even with the jacket buttoned all the way up, and water steamed down the sleeves and pooled in the pockets.

    • P. says...

      I agree 100%. I love the look of my Stutterheim coat and get tons of compliments on it, but it is not a good rain jacket. Water pools in the pockets (so if it’s cold and rainy, you have no where to put your hands), and I found that water also collects at the bottom seam of the coat so I get a wet line across my mid-thigh. Additionally, the straps from my bag discolored the shoulder area of the coat.

    • K says...

      Second this! I would also definitely describe it as clammy, not cozy!

    • Stefanie says...

      Same Here, it is so beautiful but just so oldschool that its not comfortabel. I ended up selling my pink stutterheim even though I loved the Look of it. But I need my raincoat to perform.

    • Jamie says...

      YES–very durable and very warm

    • Kate says...

      THIS. Waterproof + lightly insulated to keep you warm but not sweaty. Perfect for rainy Vancouver. And the sleeves are long enough for my 5’11” self. Only complaint is that the sleeves are a bit too form-fitting to wear some of my sweaters underneath.

    • Jessica says...

      OMG, I think I need a red raincoat now :)

  40. Rita Dantas says...

    I have a lined Boden one that I really like and it is really warm – so warm I didn’t even use it last winter in Portugal.
    Mine is just yellow, but they do a lot of cool patterns.

  41. Nathalie says...

    I love my Stutterheim raincoat. I cycle everywhere and Germany can be quite rainy! My husband has the same coat and we even wore them on our wedding day which was just so rainy.

  42. Eline says...

    Sustainable Dutch brand Teym makes an awesome parka: https://nl.teym.eu/pages/the-parka-women. I’ve been eyeing the pink one forever as I’m not sure I can pull it off. I recently saw a girl on the street in Amsterdam wearing it and it was so strangely uplifting to see someone in a baby pink raincoat amidst everyone wearing either black or navy coats. Their parkas are pricey but really well-made. And stylish! Which is rare for a raincoat.

    • Julie says...

      Wow now I want one! Looks like an amazing coat. Get the pink!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Love!

    • miranda says...

      Way too warm ! Doesn’t breathe well.

  43. Emily says...

    I am on my second Isle Jacobsen raincoat after wearing my first into the ground after 10 Years of near constant wear. It’s still going strong in terms of function but I now wear it snowshoeing because it’s a light color and looks a bit beat up. These coats are definitely an investment but are by far my most worn clothing items. Her coats are cozy- soft light fleece lining, super flattering, highly functional, and don’t really look like rain coats. I always get compliments when I wear them. My last one I found on sale at Nordstrom. Highly recommend her coats!

  44. Madeleine says...

    I have two raincoats I swear by: this is my posh one, which is fantastic for showers and looks v sharp. I have it in navy, and wear it with a Uniqlo fold-up down layer underneath when it gets cold. It is v expensive, but I adore it https://www.mackintosh.com/gb/shopping/roslin-natural-raintec-linen-single-breasted-trench-coat-lm-061b-14534642?StoreId=10658

    I also have and love this Petit Bateau yellow rain jacket, which has large pockets invaluable for holding dog treats/poo bags/etc . Mine is now six years old and it still looks immaculate (it washes well). https://www.petit-bateau.co.uk/gift/gifts/ideal-baby-gift/women-s-men-s-raincoat-jaune/5547501.html?lgw_code=14246-5547501200&gclid=EAIaIQobChMImsjlg6-i7AIVxu7tCh3zrgrVEAQYASABEgKrT_D_BwE

  45. J.E. says...

    Lighthouse makes a packable rain jacket I love (and it’s on sale!). Northern Irish brand so it’s made for serious rain. I can pop it into my bag and slip it on over my fall jacket when it’s cooler or wear it alone on warm rainy days. Best £30 I’ve spent!

  46. Christina says...

    So funny, I’m Swedish and I have never heard of the brand Stutterheim :-).
    I would recommend a coat from Didriksons : https://www.didriksons.com/se/dam/jackor/regnjackor
    I have had mine for like ten years and it still keeps me dry even in heavy rain, without leaving me sweaty. It is light too.

  47. NW says...

    A UK brand, Protected Species, makes waterproofs for a smarter/modern city look.

    Seasalt and Didriksons for warmer raincoats, though as a petite I’ve always struggled slightly with the proportions.

  48. Hannah Lowe says...

    I’m completely in love with a Scottish company – Protected Species. They are based out of Glasgow – a very rainy city in Scotland. The jackets are beautiful – fully waterproof but not dowdy. I recently bought their winter Parker (new mum so needed something cosy and waterproof for pram walks!). Can’t recommend it more highly!

  49. Marta says...

    Nope, just nope. Raincoats are impossible. I’ve tried out all the cool brands – Rains, Stutterheim, Helly Hansen – and I found nothing works as well an an umbrella x

    • Sydni Jackson says...

      Interesting! I gave up umbrellas years ago when I realized you can just wear a raincoat and not have to have your hands full!

  50. Laura says...

    I am such a big fan of my Northface rain jacket! I have the Apex Flex Dryvent jacket and love it! It’s long, snaps up super high, the hood ACTUALLY stays up in the wind, and holds up really well in cold Michigan rain when you’re putting a toddler in their car seat. Also, it’s flattering!

  51. VVeronika says...

    I got a great one from JOULES it’s a British brand, great quality, and mine is even lined with the softest fake fur so it’s really cozy and warm.

    • katie says...

      I second Joules. Min is long and warm. Size up a lot though if you’re from the US.

  52. Mina says...

    I’ve been eyeing British Rockholly for ages, but am hesitant to order since shipping and return would be expensive. Anybody have any experience with these coats?

  53. Janey says...

    Seasalt Cornwall has the BEST raincoats. Lined so not clammy, fully waterproof, comfortable and beautiful colours. I live in Scotland and walk my dog twice a day whatever the weather so I know my raincoats!!

  54. Liv says...

    I have a Rains coat, and the quality is just not great! But that’s from af Danish perspective where it’s crucial that your outerwear can hold up. Which makes it kind of ironic that Rains is a Danish brand, but I feel like their focus is on looks rather than function.

  55. Lena says...

    I would recommend the Norwegian brand BRGN (after Bergen, the most rainy city in Norway). I have the black trench coat style and my husband have the green pea coat style. They are just wonderful

  56. Madeleine says...

    A few years ago, I needed to invest in a new rain coat and I spent forever debating between a sensible/professional one and a fun one with polka dots. It took me so long to decide, but I decided to pick the fun spotted one because I knew it would make me smile every time I wore it! Now, every time I see it in the closet, it makes me happy.
    p.s. the brand is Helly Hansen, and I would recommend it if they still carry that style!

  57. Danielle says...

    I recently bought a raincoat for my daughter made by Didriksons, a Swedish company, and it’s the most amazing raincoat I’ve ever seen; completely waterproof, very thick, and very stylish. Perfect for Fall in Seattle.

    They also make adult jackets: https://www.didriksons.com/en/women/jackets/raincoats

  58. Kate the Great says...

    When I first moved to Oregon, I wanted to buy a raincoat. I imagined Paddington Bear’s thick yellow rain slicker. But we went to maybe twenty stores in our new town and none had what I imagined. We finally went to a store for construction workers and men who do roadwork, and I bought an orange slicker that was two sizes too big for me.

    Eleven years into living in Oregon, and I get it. Rain comes in different forms here. Different sized drops, different temperatures. Most of the rain here doesn’t need a thick saran-wrap coat like Paddington’s yellow living-on-a-fishing-boat coat.

    In winter, we dress in rain resistant stuff and sweaters and thick socks and rain boots. We dress more for the cold than for the rain, even when one spends as much time as I do outside at bus stops and as a pedestrian.

    I have gotten rid of the big orange thing, much to my husband’s disgust. I wore it maybe twice. Instead, I have a red with grey slashes slicker made by Nora Fleming that fits perfectly and is much lighter in weight; I found it in a thrift store. Before that, I wore a blue trench coat. But eleven years ago? Man, I would have loved this list.

    • Jessica says...

      That’s so funny – and absolutely true about us Portlanders. Buuuuuuuut, we also usually dress for the commute and have cafes and pubs to hide in if it’s too wet outside.
      This year, even though I have one good, mid weight rain parka and a couple of jackets that I pretend are rain resistant (they’re great for fending off an odd shower if there’s a bit of time to dry in between), I’m looking through these suggestions OBSESSIVELY.
      All of the spaces I would have gone to be less wet won’t be open! I mean, I had a minor depressive episode just thinking about going a winter without a warm coffee and thick cinnamon toast from Seastar Bakery. And lord knows I’ll go crazy if I spend every really, truly wet day at home. Bring on the outerwear! I just need to make sure it covers my butt when I sit because I still want to have coffee somewhere, and sitting on a wet bench is pretty much going to be the only option.

  59. Emily says...

    Seattleite here! Another vote for the Outdoor Research Aspire. Also, Eddie Bauer has awesome trenches! I have a new one I just bought last year in addition to one I’ve had since college that’s still cozy warm.

  60. I have had the same rain coat since college! I love it so much and will wear it until it dies. The coat is a Via Spiga black trench rain coat that is lined. This one is very similar to mine (mine has a sash): https://www.macys.com/shop/product/via-spiga-petite-hooded-raincoat-created-for-macys?ID=11041405&cm_sp=search-improvement-_-autocomplete-product-rec-_-n&ackws=via%20spiga%20women%20coats&kws=via%20spiga%20women%20coats
    I have had mine for 7ish years and I love love it. It looks great and is functional and can keep me warm if need be! Can’t recommend enough :)

    Libby

  61. KayDee says...

    The UK has great rain jackets, as expected I suppose. I have an earlier version of this Joules coat and I love it. It fits great, it’s waterproof, and really warm. Looks nice too. It’s reasonably priced compared to some of the fancier UK brands.
    https://www.joules.com/Women/Clothing/French-Navy/Coast-Mid/Length-Waterproof-Jacket?id=212752|FRNAVY

    John Lewis’ brand name coats are great as well, and very reasonably priced:
    https://www.johnlewis.com/collection-weekend-by-john-lewis-parka-mac-jacket-khaki/p5130040

  62. Emily says...

    I would not recommend the J.Crew “Perfect Rain Jackets”, they are only water resistant so you’ll get wet and cold in them! While the style is cute, I prefer my Patagonia jacket or would in the product details on how well they repel!

    • Audrey says...

      Agreed! I’ve been wearing my Patagonia rain jacket for years. They just make the best stuff, not to mention a company with values!

    • Chelsea says...

      I agree! I love my Patagonia rain jacket. I was on a hike in Taos this summer and got caught in a downpour at high elevation. I stayed dry the entire time in my Patagonia jacket! I’ve also worn it skiing with the Patagonia nano puff jacket beneath it and stayed warm and dry.

  63. Sarah says...

    I have an athleta raincoat I love and I think they make new versions of it pretty much every year.

  64. Jenny says...

    Canadian brand, Faire Child!! They just started making adult clothing. Their kid’s stuff is amazing and everything is made of recycled material. Our kids are always dry, even on our rainiest Vancouver days. Their Instagram feed is really beautiful, too.

    fairechild.com

  65. Another vote for Swedish outerwear! After many rainy vacations in Sweden, I finally splurged on a Stutterheim rain jacket during their recent sale, and love it. Practical, comfortable, durable, and keeps you dry to the bone. It’s a medium-heavy weight material, which is also nice for chilly wet days. It’s longer than most rain jackets, which I appreciate!

  66. jackie says...

    I’m in the PNW and I highly recommend my Outdoor Research Aspire jacket – it’s perfect for layering and has honestly withheld so many wet and rainy dog park visits. Rubber might be warm but it doesn’t breathe and you’ll get hot in the warmer months when you might need a light jacket.

  67. Annie says...

    I’ve been wanting to get a Barbour jacket. They are classic and seem like they would last a lifetime. You can get them used on e-bay!

    • Taylor says...

      I just got my previous loved Barbour coat a few weeks ago. So worth it, I’ve not worn anything else!

    • Alice says...

      I looove my Barbour and plan to get a liner this year for the xtra warmth! Sites like tuckernuck seem to have them on sale at the right time of year, or they may be cheaper if bought from the UK (though maybe not with shipping). Or second hand has the additional bonus of being environmentally friendly!

    • L says...

      they are great, but require upkeep ( annual waxing).

  68. Nicola says...

    Might not exactly meet the bill because it’s not very fashion-y but there’s a great Australian raincoat brand ‘Rainkoat’ which I love – they are bright colours, make matching kids and adults styles, and are fantastic quality. I look forward to my kids growing, trying new colours and handing them down to friends.
    https://www.rainkoat.com.au/

  69. Just moved to Seattle and this post could not have come at a better time! I’ve been eyeing Stutterheim but am worried that it won’t be very breathable and will make me sweaty. Reading through all of the comments!

    • Susan Elliott says...

      Marisa, I just moved to Seattle last winter. I got the lightweight Stutterheim and have been pleased. I even wore it on some warm rainy days in the summer and was pleased. Do not worry it’s worth every penny, IMO!

    • Cate says...

      I wish for almost nothing more than a Cup of Jo Seattle group!

    • Thanks very much for the reply, Susan! So glad to hear your experience. I feel like I’ve been reading very polarized opinions about Stutterheim so it’s nice to hear from someone in this climate! I’m very much a light, waterproof jacket and layer a sweater underneath person since I just moved from the Midwest and am glad that winter doesn’t exist here ;)

  70. Alex R says...

    I have researched raincoats like some people research actual academic disciplines. I should have a PhD in raincoats. I live in NYC and have a toddler who I (used to) bring to daycare everyday in her stroller. I could not push a stroller and hold an umbrella on rainy days. I spent basically all of the fall of 2019 sopping wet.

    Here are my findings:
    –If you live in a variable climate like the Northeast US, you need two raincoats: one that’s on the warm side, and one that’s light and airy for late summer/spring.
    –The spring/summer version is a cinch: any light, waterproof coat will do. I have a rubberized version I bought from ASOS (it’s “men’s” but it fits fine). I find that the rubberized material can get a little clammy, so I do wish I had purchased one that breathed more.
    –I got my warm raincoat perfectly right: the Avec Les Filles Star Anorak. It’s lined, warm, has a hood that won’t budge, and actually keeps me dry. I’m obsessed. I bought it on sale from Gilt but I’ve seen it on sale at Nordstrom Rack and other places. Here’s the full-price version (mine is olive green): https://aveclesfilles.com/collections/rainwear/products/coat-lined-anorak-w-drop-shldr

    • Sophia says...

      Yes on the two raincoats! I live in Wisconsin and it was a game changer to get a warmer one and a cooler one!

  71. Tracy says...

    I’ve had a raincoat from Joules for several years now, and I recommend it highly. When paired with my Hunter boots, rainy day dog walks are tolerable!

  72. EK says...

    I have owned basically every raincoat mentioned here, including the completely ridiculous Stutterheim which weights 20 lbs and leaves you both sweaty and wet. I finally listened to Wirecutter and got the L.L.Bean H2Off Mesh-Lined Rain Jacket and it has been genuinely life changing. I have it in black in the mid-thigh length and I have walked the dog in literal monsoons and come home completely dry. The hood is amazing for keeping rain off your face and it’s pretty cute for a super functional raincoat. As a bonus, it comes in tons of sizes including plus sizes, and they have short and tall lengths. It’s the very best! I look forward to taking walks in the rain now, it’s that good!

    • Laurel Evans says...

      I was wondering this about the Stutterheim! Thank you for this review!

  73. Bonnie says...

    This post is exactly what I needed. I am bookmarking!! So many great resources.

  74. Capa says...

    Uniqlo.

  75. I live in Nova Scotia and it rains quite a bit here! I have a coat from Faire Child and it’s designed so well, weatherproof and made from recycled bottles. FD, I’ve worked on projects with Faire Child but am posting this entirely on my own because I love their coats. :)
    Fairechild.com

  76. Leah says...

    Any chance you could help our small family find a couch? We have a second hand ikea one now that is really uncomfortable and I’m convinced it’s giving me hip and shoulder pain. So I’m looking for something comfortable, kid friendly, affordable and something that looks somewhat stylish. Thank you!!

    • Megan says...

      Ooh, yes, I would love this too! :)

  77. Jane Booth says...

    My red Tretorn rain jacket has lasted 7 years and been to at least 6 countries…it is warm, fashionable, and has a hood that will stay up when rain is really coming down!

  78. jane says...

    I have a brandless rubberized cotton raincoat that I love because I always feels like I am in a Wes Anderson movie when I wear it – they are so retro classic. It is forest green but a pink one would seal that feel haha!

  79. Marisa says...

    I agree with the Boden recommendation. I have one that I’ve had for years. It’s lined with a soft fleecy material and is super cozy. I get tons of compliments on it when I wear it because it comes in a super cute pattern.

  80. Lori says...

    If you’re going to spend a lot of time in the rain (like I do in Seattle), Patagonia’s Yosemite Falls Trench is a great investment. It’s comfortable enough to be worn on its own or paired with a light down or fleece jacket. The hood stays put and is long enough to keep your seat covered on the bus :) Plus Patagonia will make repairs (for free!) allowing you to keep using their product for years without contributing to unnecessary waste. I’ve had zippers, buttons, small tears, and pocket holes fixed at no cost to me. It’s a company you can feel good about supporting. Good luck on the jacket hunt!

    • Elliesee says...

      I also have a a Patagonia 3 in 1 parka, it looks like the Yosemite Falls Trench with the Fiona parka for warmth. I won’t win a fashion prize, but I am warm even on my bike as it has a 2-way zipper.

    • Caroline says...

      I second the Patagonia rec! An awesome company that funds a way to make products durable, practical, and fashionable.

    • Capa says...

      Amy, would you mind sharing how long the coat is? I can’t figure it out from the images – I’m looking for something that passes the mid thigh towards the knee. Thanks!

    • Jessica says...

      I second the Eddie Bauer “Girl on the Go” trench coat. I got it for a trip to Ireland 5 years ago and am still using it. The zip out warm lining makes it versatile.

    • Claire says...

      I have this too, and really love it! It works well in cold weather, too!

    • Minke says...

      PNW dweller here. I’d recommend anything made of GoreTex.

    • Maire says...

      I own this coat and have nothing but good things to say. It’s warm enough that I usually just wear it as my main winter coat with the lining in. I’m 5’8 and it hits me mid thigh.

    • Geneva says...

      another plug for Eddie Bauer trench coats! They are the only brand I’ve found that offers them in Tall so that the sleeves actually hit my wrist and have extra room in the shoulder so I can grip a steering wheel!

  81. Rachael Maltiel Swenson says...

    https://www.miamelon.com/ has really cute, flattering raincoats! Note the hood sometimes annoyed me, but mine is a few years old and they said they were improving it.

    • Jo says...

      I love this series! How about one on the warmest winter coat? Thanks!

    • Hi Rachael,
      Nice to see some love for a Vancouver BC based company that understands rainwear and style. They have a new series of insulated warmer coats coming in soon.

      XOXO
      MM

  82. JoAnne H Anderson says...

    Uniqlo had (maybe has) the best 3/4 length raincoat with the perfect heavy rain hood on it. Not heavy, just right. Take anywhere. I gave it to my very discerning daughter in law and her 3 sisters and mothers raved about it and all purchased one for themselves.

    • Agnès says...

      I love these posts they make me want to focus on really good quality clothes. I have a great rain coat but too old to recommend it was Lacoste on sale 10 years ago. We all need a good pair of mini boots. Let s go outside !

  83. Ravina S says...

    I love the Canadian brand Mia Melon. They have lots of different weights and styles, gorgeous colors, and are always having great sales. Their raincoats are super stylish and cute, too.

    • nadine says...

      They’re gorgeous! I already have both a raincoat and a heavier duty winter coat (I live in Quebec) but I wish I needed new ones to justify the purchase.
      Love the colours and the cuts!

  84. Sherri says...

    My favorite rain jacket is the Patagonia Torrentshell. My favorite raincoat is by Ilse Jacobsen. It was an investment piece for me but so worth it. She makes great rain boots too!

  85. Traci says...

    I’ve purchased a few raincoats from Land’s End over the years; I usually wait until they are having one of their 40% off sales. They last for years, are available in many sizes, lengths, unlined/lined, colors, and patterns.

    • Betsy says...

      I agree with Lands End. My Lands End raincoat is durable and warm. I also love their sweaters.

  86. Kaitlin says...

    J. Crew’s fit is classic and actually waterproof! The toggles make it adjustable and perfect for layering underneath – I wore my baby under mine during her rainy newborn summer. Two years in, only a bit of wear on the seams (repair! don’t replace!) and I call it my Famous Blue Raincoat.

    • TOVAH says...

      I just want to acknowledge your fabulous Leonard Cohen reference, that is all!

  87. Lexie says...

    I live in the PNW and I don’t recommend the Stutterheim! They are very heavy and not easy to wear. I have a flannel lined yellow raincoat from LL Bean and it is amazing!

  88. I love my Rains Curve trench style jacket. After seeing these on like 50% of pedestrians in Copenhagen, I thought they must be on to something! Came home and found one at Nordstrom Rack for $35, what!? Looks like they have them again this year https://www.nordstromrack.com/shop/product/3011329?color=42%20FADED%20BLUE

    I’m definitely shorter than most Danes (lolol), so the standard Rains jackets felt too tent like on me. But the Curve Hooded jacket which cinches at the waist and hits just above the knee is great.

  89. mac says...

    I have a Baro rain jacket that I love – it’s a Vancouver company, and those Pacific Northwest guys know rain. It’s both fashionable and really waterproof. It also comes in an insulated version, if poor thing, you live somewhere both cold AND rainy: https://barodrywear.com/collections/womens-rain-jackets/products/the-woodlands-fern?variant=29565360373858

    I also have a Stutterheim (Vancouver closets are just full of rain coats). It’s heavy duty and awesome, and I feel like an old salty Swedish fisherman every time I wear it.

  90. Angie says...

    I love these kinds of posts! More please.

  91. jdp says...

    oooh i love my raincoat, but it took years to find a good one. the length is so key in all directions — a nice high neck with a great hood; long enough in the sleeves; and then coverage down over the bum to feel well protected, even in a dress. good luck finding yours. mine is this one from north face. https://www.rei.com/product/879791/the-north-face-laney-trench-rain-jacket-womens

    • jdp says...

      oh and forgot to mention flattering! it’s just fitted enough to flatter without being too constricting with a sweater.

  92. Natalie says...

    I have actually had my Rains raincoat leak completely through, especially at the seams. They are stylish and fine for a quick city walk from home to the bus station or to work but I wouldn’t recommend it for a long walk in the rainy woods or through a heavy rainstorm.

    • Liv says...

      Agree!

  93. JeanneK says...

    Love my Eddie Bauer Girl on the Go Trench, which is fairly warm but also comes in a warmer version.

  94. M says...

    I have the Eddie Bauer weatheredge jacket. It’s amazing. Really keeps the rain out and has some heft to it so it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing a plastic trash bag.

  95. Katie says...

    Seasalt! They’re a British company and one of their specialities is winter raincoats. Lots of styles – very cute and classic. I bought the “Plant Hunter” when I moved to Scotland and I swear by it.

    • Morgan says...

      AND THEY COME IN TALL (AND PETITE) SIZES! Thanks for this rec. Finding a raincoat with sleeves that are long enough for me is tough!

    • kiki says...

      well i’m off to order this now! so so cute!

    • JennX says...

      I second SeaSalt!! The quality of their clothes is really good. My sister has a trench from them, I have a few items that are about 10 years old. They all have withstood the test of time!

    • Nina says...

      YES! I have two Seasalt coats and they are wonderful. And since Joanna goes to Cornwall regularly she should know the brand.
      Their other clothes are great too. Love their dresses.

    • MozartsGirl says...

      I came here to recommend Seasalt! I have a midi-length storm grey raincoat from them, with a fleece lined hood. It doesn’t let any water in whatsoever and is cosy and warm – they’ve thought of everything to keep the rain at bay, but it also doesn’t make me hot. I live in the UK, so am well used to torrential downpours. They also do great socks and cute clothes…

    • Jo says...

      Yes! I love Seasalt clothing, but especially their raincoats. Elegant, cozy and last forever.

  96. Meredith says...

    I love my Levi’s Rubberized Fishtail Parka! I got mine at TJ Maxx, but it looks like Zappos, Nordstrom Rack and Amazon all carry some version of it. Happy hunting. :)

  97. Elizabeth says...

    Ok, so, I have that famous J.Crew raincoat (in a different color). I love it for a bunch of reasons — it is flattering, you can bunch it up in a bag and it won’t wrinkle, it’s lightweight, it kind of goes with everything, you can layer beneath it, it has big pockets, it has a longer back so I don’t mind wearing leggings with it, on and on — but one thing I do not love it for is rain protection. It gets damp and cold, and water gets through. If you don’t mind using an umbrella and a sweater with it every time, get it! I don’t regret my purchase at all.

    I don’t have an alternate suggestion, just wanted to give a caveat emptor.

    • Jacqueline says...

      I have it too! I bought it last minute before a trip (back when there were trips) and I love it so much. The deep pockets are awesome. With them, you don’t have to lug around a bag in the rain.

  98. Kathleen says...

    Unless you have something pretty cozy underneath, the stutterheim will definitely leave you cold and clammy. Speaking from years of experience! Beautiful, weatherproof, long lasting coat but certainly not “warm”.

    • Chelsea says...

      Seconded! There’s also something about the design that makes it so whatever pants you’re wearing get absolutely soaked (my friend with a men’s Stutterheim said the same thing about his). The colors are great but I wouldn’t recommend them.

    • Alice says...

      Waxed cotton or goretex….

      That aside, raincoats do require a little maintenance to remain waterproof, you can buy stuff that you wash in to the coat, seems the easiest thing. Oh and vents! Raincoats need strategic vents.

    • Kara says...

      That’s so interesting, I’ve had the opposite experience with my Stutterheim. Sometimes it’s almost too warm for me. Perhaps though it depends on what you’re comparing it with. My previous rain jacket was a sporty unlined waterproof North Face.

    • Kathleen says...

      Haha Chelsea, true!! And the pocket design is a bit lacking – maybe in a non-west coast rain it wouldn’t be an issue but out here my pockets fill up with rain. Learned the hard way not to keep my phone or grocery list in there. Keys only.

    • Chelsea says...

      Kathleen, I learned the pocket lesson with dog treats! Not ideal…(and agreed, I’m from Seattle and now live in Amsterdam so can confirm they’re not the coats for heavy rain)

  99. anne says...

    I bought a used Barbour jacket off of Poshmark and I cannot recommend it highly enough. It never feels clammy, but also if you keep the waxed canvas healthy, it stays waterproof. I couldn’t have paid full price, but I love it so much. I’ve got my eye on a thermal liner for it as well… but that might have to wait until I can save up for it.

    Also, I love this recurring post very much. Nothing I love more than online shopping for other people!!

  100. Alison says...

    Having lived in the Bay Area for 11 years, I have tried a bunch of raincoats and my favorite by FAR is the one I have from Athleta. I got mine four years ago so they don’t make the exact model any longer but here is the “updated” version:

    https://athleta.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=598520002&cid=1064721&pcid=1064721&vid=1&nav=expmore%3Ajackets%20%3Acategories%3Arain%20%26%20wind&grid=pds_13_33_1&cpos=13&cexp=1501&kcid=CategoryIDs%3D1064721&cvar=11273&ctype=Listing&cpid=res20100614330100821019197#pdp-page-content

    IMO the best thing about Athleta (besides the quality) is that you can actually wear the item and if you don’t like it, return it, no questions asked.

  101. S says...

    Also; a raincoat that goes *just* over the knee? Any tips?

    • S says...

      Oops, I meant to say “just *under* the knee” ;-)

    • Sherri says...

      Check out the styles from Ilse Jacobsen!

    • Alice says...

      Look at coats for horse riders, tack shops will sell them, they are generally designed to that length and are made to let you move in them

  102. Monica says...

    I splurged on an Arcteryx a year ago and though it’s on the pricey side, have zero regrets. I’ve hiked and camped in the rain with it. I’ve gone running in the pouring rain with it, it’s passed every test with flying colors. It’s meant for spring and summer and is lightweight, but I’ve worn a Uniqlo heat tech undershirt and sweater with it and it’s actually kept me quite warm! :)

    https://arcteryx.com/ca/en/shop/womens/zeta-sl-jacket

    • mac says...

      Yes! Expensive, but in my view, so worth it. I have a few of these as well, and the water literally beads right off of them. You won’t find one more waterproof than this, and their quality is so high. They come in great colors. They also have a few longer, urban rain coat styles, for example: https://arcteryx.com/ca/en/shop/womens/andra-coat

      I didn’t realize I could get so excited about recommending rain coats.

    • Jude says...

      I love love love my Arcteryx as well. A splurge but well worth it – been wearing mine for 3 years and it’s still (almost) like new!

    • Val says...

      Yes, the best!!! So worth it for the quality.

    • Anna says...

      Second!

    • Aoife says...

      I couldn’t agree more!!!
      I live on the coast in Cork, Ireland and invested in this one as soon as I could:
      https://www.hellyhansen.com/en_ie/w-welsey-ii-trench-53247

      Very happy to report that it’s:
      1. Light – perfect for every day + day out walking
      2. Chic and the tailoring is lovely
      3. The hood folds away so it’s a work trench as well
      4. Their cuts are slim but you can size up while still retaining the fit as it’s a trench — after speaking to the sales assistant, their recc is to get a great shell like this that you can layer under (I have merinos and a North Face thermoball for this)
      5. A sound brand with a lot of heritage behind it

      I also have a Mamut rain shell for hiking that was worth every penny for outdoorsy investments!

  103. Emily L says...

    It’s definitely an investment, but I LOVE my Filson Moorcroft raincoat! It’s waxed canvas so does not soak through and stays structured. Filson gear basically lasts forever and withstands hard work. I managed to find mine at 40% off at a local store after lusting after it for probably 3 years. It’s on the heavier side, but ohhhhhh it’s the best! And warm :) About to put it on right now.
    https://www.filson.com/women/womens-moorcroft-jacket.html

    (PS – for sizing, I’m 5’7″, 140lbs and wear the medium)

    • Meg says...

      Oh I love this! My husband has a Filson bag and it’s indestructible. Definitely going on my “investment pieces” wish list :)

    • Jen says...

      I love mine too- it has the best pockets!

  104. Lauren says...

    I live in Melbourne, Aus and a popular colourful brand here called Gorman has amazingly patterned and fun raincoats. They’re A$100 new but you can often find them secondhand on eBay/Depop/FB Marketplace (secondhand ones go for $50-70 due to their cult status!) You’re not a Melbourne girl without a Gorman raincoat and it’s so fun seeing everyone where theirs on a rainy day.

    https://www.gormanshop.com.au/shop/clothing/outerwear.html?category=120&aw_limit=1&limit=6

  105. Meredith says...

    I love my Joules raincoat! I have the Golightly packable one in a beautiful flowered print. The company has a good variety and excellent quality, from what I’ve experienced ?.

  106. hilde says...

    Anything from the Norwegian designer T.Michael. It is desgined in the wettest city in the world, Bergen, and it is 100% water proof. I have lived here all my life, and this is the only thing that has kept me dry. Pricy, yes, but the quality and design is superb, and you have the coat for life.

    https://norwegianrain.com/products/raincho-h

    • Jessica says...

      Oh, man, I wish I didn’t know that this exists. It’s SOOOOOOOO expensive, but sooooooo beautiful! Thank you for the link. My wallet will never forgive me!

    • hilde says...

      It is quite pricy, but it will last you for LIFE! I love mine, have had it for 4 years now, and it looks brand new. I saved up for 6 months, did not buy anything else. In that way it is not so expensive and pretty sustainalbe. One, good quality garment, in stead of many cheap ones.

  107. Bee Hogan says...

    Uniqlo! Particularly Blocktech ranges. Layer under one of their Heattech thermal tops and their merino wool knit jumper and you’ll have warmth and dryness done!

    • Meg says...

      I second the layering idea! It’s the only way I feel warm and cozy AND waterproof. I live in Portland and have used Arcteryx shells for years— they are excitingly waterproof! I wear a super lightweight down jacket underneath, or a lightweight wool sweater. Good luck!!