It started where all great New York missed connections do — in the subway. I was wading out of the Second Avenue F station during one of those huge, drain-clogging New York rainstorms when I saw the perfect raincoat. It was the exact color and texture of a caramel, glossy and almost plush looking, with fat snaps and a generous hood, worn by a very chic woman who’d almost definitely just finished dinner at scene-y Greek restaurant Kiki’s.
While I never found an exact match for that butterscotch dreamboat, the sighting did send me down a rabbit hole of all the best raincoat options out there these days. Read on to stay high and dry.
A Shiny Statement Piece
Almost exactly like the one that got away, this reflective cream-colored Rains number takes everything great about a classic trench shape and levels it up with a lightweight, impermeable PU texture in a high-shine finish. It also comes in a few equally exciting other shades.
Available in sizes XXS–XL.
Clearly the Coolest Way to Show Off Your Outfit
The One That’ll Fit in Your Pocket
If You Have Your Hands Full
For When You’re Feeling Fierce
Sure, we can talk all about how this one’s made from a very light (biodegradable!) plastic that won’t leave you soaked in sweat during warm weather squalls — but we all know the only thing that really matters is the tonal tiger print.
Available in sizes S–XL.
If You’re Channeling Brigitte Bardot
There’s a certain je ne sais quoi about this patentlike trench with a contrast plaid lapel. The cinch-able waist and shiny finish feel just right for a rainy day movie date, and the vinyl texture is 100 percent waterproof. Teased hair and ennui optional.
Available in sizes XXS–XXL
The Waterproof Poncho That’s Still Cute
It’s definitely a statement, but if you’re into compliments from strangers, this voluminous polka-dot poncho should do the trick. The generous size means you can easily throw it over a winter coat. And reviewers are fans of the zippered pocket and the cute l’il carrying pouch.
Available in One Size.
For an Hourglass Shape
The Matisse Cut-Out of Coats
Remember a few years ago, when it felt like every single woman owned a drawstring parka in olive drab? Well, that was a great silhouette, and it’s been redeemed here in a shade of bold cobalt blue that’s currently having a moment, complete with waist-defining ties and an easy-breezy waterproof hood.
For Those Days When It Feels Like a Jungle Out There
The Retro Windbreaker
The One That Looks More Expensive Than It is
Which is always a selling point. This ankle-length coat has a deep back vent and a circle hem that’s extremely current and would look stellar left open over a trouser look. Plus, it’s got only five-star reviews when it comes to keeping you dry.
Available in sizes 14–34.
If You Like a Workwear Look
The Slouchy Weekend One
Ideal for a Misty Stroll, Preferably in England
If Functionality is Your No. 1 Goal
Lightweight and designed to hit around your hip, this The North Face is a classic for a reason. Well a few, actually, if you count the many pockets, breathable interior mesh, and the built-in pocket at the neck that can hide your hood away. It also comes in dozens of colors, so you can keep things neutral or make a real rainy day statement.
Available in sizes XS–XXL.
If You Like a Swing Shape
Rubberized cotton, a wind-defying high collar, and deep welt pockets pretty much ensure this jacket’s well-deserved spot in your regular outerwear rotation. Bonus: the A-line cut leaves plenty of room for a thick sweater or even a small bag underneath.
Available in sizes XS–L.
The Modern Take From a Heritage Brand
Just Wild Enough
The Minimalist Investment Coat
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