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While I’m not a big fan of the cold, I’d take snow over rain any day largely because getting wet on your way to go do something just really, really sucks. Since I can’t control the weather, it’s probably not a bad idea to join the ranks of responsible, prepared adults who own a raincoat instead.
After casually looking around for one, I realized there’s another plus side to investing in a raincoat besides staying dry: There have never been more (actually) cute options. From brands that specialize in waterproof jackets to chain retailers that happen to have you covered in that department, there are plenty of styles, colors, materials, and price ranges to choose from.
Here, the six best places to shop for a raincoat right now:
Swedish outerwear company Stutterheim has been making raincoats since 2010, and in seven short years it has pretty much perfected the form. Options available now include everything from a unisex lightweight jacket ($170) to a powder pink hooded A-line raincoat ($295). Expect to pay a premium for all that perfection — prices range from $170 to upwards of $600, and the designer collabs (like the one with Marni, shown above) will run you even more.
At the other end of the price spectrum, Zara’s raincoat offerings are surprisingly robust at the moment. Currently you can choose from a bunch of options online, ranging from about a dozen trench coats to a brightly colored vinyl raincoat. Prices start at $69.90.
As of earlier this year, backpack company Herschel is making a play to become your new favorite travel and outdoors gear brand, and part of that shift includes packable jackets for men and women. It’s basically the Stutterheim look for much less, and we can’t argue with that. In addition to several of-the-moment solid colors, you’ll find fun patterns like polka dots and camo.
Another sleek Scandinavian raincoat company (imagine that!), Danish label Rains also gives you a number of color options in even more silhouettes, from a rain jacket/trench hybrid to a coach jacket to several versions of a classic long and slim raincoat. You’ll have to pay extra and wait longer for shipping, but it’s definitely worth it — especially considering the prices aren’t bad.
Safe to assume you’ve heard of Hunter boots, but did you know that the wellies brand also makes jackets? And honestly they’re pretty great, if a little pricey. Styles range from classic rubberized hunting coats to oversized vinyl ponchos in bright, slightly transparent colors; prices start around $195 and run up to $925 for a premium version of the field jacket.
While not “raincoats” per se, Filson’s waxed canvas coats are completely water-repellant — not a surprising feature coming from a brand based in the Pacific Northwest. The men’s options are more robust than the women’s, but the oil finish clover cloth field jacket and women’s all-season rain jacket are both great for anyone who’s not into the rubber look.