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Everyone Needs a Raincoat

So why don’t I own one?

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A translucent, white, and pink raincoat
Stutterheim x Garance Doré Raincoat ($495)

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Yesterday was apparently one of the wettest days of the year in New York City. It was a day that, had I not worked from home, I would have needed a raincoat. But you know what? I don’t own one.

A publicist — people who are paid to pay attention to things like the weather and fake holidays — emailed me about one raincoat in particular that’s close to perfect. It’s from the brand Stutterheim, it’s a collaboration with Garance Doré, and it’s really cute. It also costs $495.

A raincoat feels like an adult purchase, in terms of practicality. (Coincidentally, you probably also had one as a kid.) It’s something you’ll wear considerably less than a regular coat (unless you live in Seattle) and you can’t really wear it when it’s not raining because, well, it’s a raincoat. Buying one is smarter than buying a pair of suede shoes or open-toe boots, but I know more people with both (self included) who don’t own rain jackets.

I’m not saying it should be this raincoat — it’s almost $500! — but it’s something I would seriously consider if I lived in the Pacific Northwest. If you want one a bit more budget-friendly, Helly Hansen has a ton starting at $55, and this Uniqlo coat sells for $89 and comes in four colors.