Everyone talks about spring showers, but have you looked out the window lately? We’ve been inundated with an abundance of stormy days. And while umbrellas are usually our best pick for light drizzles, they just don’t cut it when you’re caught in torrential downpour. That’s when you have to strap on some galoshes and grab the most vital essential: the raincoat.
Thought raincoats have a reputation for practicality, they also have a reputation for hiding your outfit underneath. But, a few of these overcoats pull double-duty – they stop you from getting wet and look good in the process. With options aplenty, we’re narrowing in on the classics as the ideal place to start. Some of the most iconic styles to date are:
The ultimate in luxury raincoats, this Scotland-born style is probably what comes to mind when you think of polished and sophisticated rain gear. Ever since it’s launch in the late 1800s, the classic trench has been a staple for both men and women thanks to its clean cut and unique “liquid rubber” composition.
One of the most immediately recognizable items of clothing to exist, Burberry’s Heritage trench first entered the scene in 1879, finding a way to mend fashion and function into one stormy day essential. The classic is easily recognizable with its plaid lining and beige tone, but these days, it also comes in five other shades.
For a more modern fix, the Stutterheim Stockholm raincoat is your BFF. Its minimalist style and loose fit creates a more casual feel than other outerwear options, and it’s lingered on the androgynous side of fashion ever since its inception in 2010.
And if you’re looking to take the classics up a notch, this essential rain gear deserves a contemporary upgrade. Check out some of our favorite hooded raincoats of the season, below.
Brighter Days Ahead
It’s raining, it’s pouring, but this jacket definitely isn’t boring. We’re loving the bright salmon color of this fun raincoat. This relaxed fit jacket is perfect for brightening those gloomy days through the eye catching color and mid-weight feel. Bonus: this coat has an abundance of roomy pockets to keep your essentials completely dry.
For a more snug fit, try this raincoat. The waterproof material and unique Teflon shell creates a breathable fit, while the soft fleece lining keeps you warm, even when the weather feels anything but. Note: This jacket is a great pick for moderately rainy days, as it isn’t the easiest to layer chunky sweaters underneath.
The light material and short cut of this jacket make it wearable everyday — even those without a cloud in the sky. The stow-away hood, roll-tab cuffs, and removable belt lets this jacket offers a customizable experience, meaning you’ll be ready for whatever the weather has in store.
The Burberry trench coat is one of the most iconic items in the history of fashion, but it wouldn’t last a minute in an autumn storm. Instead, try a more rain-friendly take on the classic. The slightly looser fit gives some breathing during those humid rain storms, and the detachable hood is ideal for those random rain-to-sun switch-ups.
This trench’s oversized fit is meant to be loose enough to wear even the thickest of sweaters underneath. Create a more fitted look by cinching the waist with the tie-up belt, or leave the jacket open as an added statement to your outfit.
When you have no choice but to trudge through a torrential downpour, this jacket will do just the trick to keep you dry. It has a comfortable, care-free silhouette that cuts off right at the knee, keeping even your most delicate of outfits covered. Plus the durable, heavyweight material will keep you protected all fall — and even winter — long.
If you’re all about “serving looks,” try this metallic option. Its holographic, has a long, lightweight fit, and feels way cooler than your average raincoat.
A Layered Approach
Steer away from the traditional raincoat style in this oversized hooded option. This avant-garde parka feels very “Sherlock Holmes goes haute couture” with its front layering and ultra-loose fit.
This raincoat is the perfect blend of a hoodie and a trench. It’s crafted from a sleek nylon that’s signature to the common trench but hits that athleisure sweet spot with its relaxed fit and drawstrings.
Keep it Casual
Nothing beats a classic, which is why we’re obsessed with this Moncler raincoat. The legendary French apparel brand has made the most perfect (and simple) option with a modern, minimalistic energy that’s perfect for trudging through rainy days. And if the clouds clear up, you can easily remove the hood and tuck it away for safe-keeping.