When it comes to the British weather, one thing is for certain, there will always be a chance of rain.
Yet raincoat shopping, and technical wear in general, doesn’t exactly send the blood coursing through fashion lovers’ veins. Dowdy, bland and reserved for outdoorsy types: anything that’s designed for practical reasons can’t possibly win you fashion points, can it?
Wrong. In fact, outerwear is having a real moment, with brands like Hunter, Danish brand Rains and reliable wet weather warriors like Patagonia and North Face. A fact which is especially handy considering the inevitable showers.
To lend a helping hand, we’ve scoured the net for the best raincoats for women to tackle all of your bad weather woes, and finish with a verdict on our favourites.
Hunter Women's Original Waterproof Cotton Smockâ
Colours: dark olive green, red, yellow, navy and black
New to the Hunter line-up, the oversized silhouette of this 100 per cent waterproof jacket can be adjusted for a tailored fit at the waist, hood and cuffs. The mesh-lined body and cotton fabrication will aid in ventilation and the welded seams and snap closure pockets keep everything nice and dry. The rubberised material helps shed water in heavy rains but the lightweight construction is far less bulky than one would expect.
Uniqlo Blocktech Hooden Coat
Colours: gray, black and white
The beauty of the raincoats - and really any of the coats - from Uniqlo is their sheer packability. Mac in a sac but with a fashion-conscious twist, the pieces are minimalistic but refined in design. What the Blocktech Hooden Coat may lack in pattern, it makes up for in features with a highly water-resistant and windproof exterior, a durable design, sealed seams to keep the heat in and an updated more flattering cut.
Pack It Up Jacket
Like the Uniqlo coat above, this jacket folds down into a compact size so you can keep it on you for when the weather is playing games. It has been crafted with a specialised fabric that has impressive water repellent qualities. It packs to just the size of a hood pouch and has a back vent for breathability. Design props to the drawcord for cinching and the neon pink hue.
Stala Jacket 7357
Samsøe Samsøe’s deep seafoam green waterproof ranks well for practicality. The winter coat has been made both waterproof and water repellent with welded-closed seams meaning there’s zero chance of any water leaking in even on the soggiest of days. Also, can we talk about that colour? Dreamy.
Paper Nylon Anorak
Colours: black, brown, cream
Granted, Arket’s anorak is on the water-repellent side of waterproof, but it was too good not to include. Perfect for a light drizzle, this pared-back winter coat with its hood and large flap pocket, just screams of Scandi chic. This one is so versatile, we guarantee you’ll be throwing this on even when sunshine is forecasted.
Rains Curve Jacket
Take it from us, Danish outerwear brand, Rains, is a kingpin of wet-weather fashion. Offering classic feminine shapes with its signature matte finishes, it’s no wonder the brand has grown such a following. We particularly love the Curve Jacket in lilac which comes with a belted waist and a fishtail bottom. It's a technically proficientâ raincoat, too — adjustable cuffs, welded seams and a hidden waterproof zipper will guard you against the soggiest of days.
MYSHELTER Rain Jacket
Sizes: XS - XL
Colours: white, grey, brown, pink, black
This innovative raincoat from Adidas will solve that age old commuter’s dilemma of the varying climates from the street to the underground. The jacket has hands-free, carry strap that means you can take off the sleeves and wear it like a backpack for extra ventilation so you don’t overheat on a packed tube. It also has a three-layer construction that ensures it is waterproof as well as breathable and it features a protective high collar for wind and rain protection.
Women’s Hikesteller Parka Shell Jacket
Sizes: XS - 3XL
Colours: black, blush, blue, khaki
This North Face coat acts as an impenetrable layer that will keep you protected from the elements. Offered in six colours, it is composed of a waterproof, quick drying material and is fitted with an adjustable, tight fitting hood that will keep it secure to the face and neck.
Ampli-Dry™ Waterproof Shell Jacket
Sizes: XS - XL
Colours: blue, black,red, pink
This coat from Columbia Sportswear has all the features you could hope for to give extra insulation, waterproofing and breathability. The lightweight construction is designed to keep you dry without trapping in excess heat so is ideal for summer showers. It is fully seamed and durable to keep you cosy and dry.
Patagonia Women's Torrentshell Jacket
Sizes: XS - XL
Elevate your basics by investing in this reliable raincoat that will protect you from the weather without fuss or frills. The Patagonia Torrentshell jacket is composed of a 100 per cent recycled nylon face with a multi-layer waterproof and breathable interior.
Protected Species Waterproof Mac
Sizes: 6/8 - 16/18
Boasting a timeless luxury, Protected Species make some of the finest raincoats with uniquely tailored designs. Waterproof, windproof and completely breathable, this raincoat is full of fine tuned details like laser cut fabric, welded seams, a detachable hood and zipped pockets - but really it it just feels incredible.
The nude mesh lining contrasts beautifully against the Burnt Horizon colour when left open in lighter showers—it's the type of raincoat you'll want to wear year-round regardless of any rain.
Joules Shoreside Waterproof Coat
Sizes: 6- 26
Colours: gold, blue, navy, pink, and red
Harking back to our childhood favourite coat, this option from Joules is offered in vivid shades. It is further embellished with functional details like the peak hood, internal drawstring at the waist and waterproof exterior.
4 Moncler Simone Rocha Floral-Embroidered PVC Raincoat
Colours: as shown
About as far away as you can get from a dowdy and bland raincoat is 4 Moncler Simone Rocha’s floral PVC option. Ultra pretty, this winter coat is covered in embroidered flowers while the clear PVC means you can still show off your outfit underneath. Who says technical wear can’t be feminine?
The Original Waterproof Cotton Smock from Hunter is a wet weather warrior and will suit your average downpour come city or countryside. Proof that practical clothing doesn’t have to compromise on chic, we’d be more than happy with one of Rains’ matte finish designs.