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The Best Women’s Raincoats, According to Experts

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A great raincoat will help you brave the elements while actually looking stylish. There are heavier-duty options with added insulation ideal for staying dry in extreme weather, and equally functional, pared-down styles for when you’re not braving a monsoon, but just another drizzly city day. We asked outdoorsy people, and some stylish women who live in rainy cities, to share their favorite, packable raincoats that keep them dry during days in nature — or when they’re dashing the half block from subway station to office. Here, their picks for the best women’s raincoats for every occasion and budget.

Stylish raincoats

For a sleek, waterproof cover-up to toss on over any outfit, this jacket by Sweden’s statusy brand Stutterheim was the clear favorite among the stylish women we spoke to. Travel blogger and photographer Renee Hahnel says she loves the Stockholm style for its deep pockets — which keep her iPhone dry — the range of colors it comes in, and its minimal aesthetic. “The Scandinavian design will make you feel stylish, even in an unglamorous downpour,” Hahnel tells us. Photographer Rohini Manickam agrees: The coat’s water-slicking rubber outer and hood, and its “streamlined silhouette,” make it functional and fashionable, she says.

Blogger Juley Le — the founder of lifestyle website Très Américain, who lives in the famously rainy New Orleans — owns and loves a few Penfield jackets, including the Kaplan. “This raincoat is definitely more fashion-forward than most. I love that I can toss it over a pair of jeans on casual days,” she says.

We’ve noticed so many of these Rains jackets on Instagram lately that we felt our list wouldn’t be complete without the style. The hooded raincoat hits below your waist, and its welded seams hide the jacket’s snaps, giving it a clean, minimalist look.

We predict that this see-through smock from Hunter — the maker of some of our favorite women’s rain boots — will stay in high demand, knowing many shoppers’ penchant to stock up on translucent things. Shopbop’s fashion director Caroline Maguire recommends the style for “a more modern take on your traditional raincoat.” The transparent outer makes the jacket a great option for bold dressers because it offers passersby a glimpse of the outfit you’re wearing underneath.

[Editor’s note: The translucent color of this smock is no longer available (though you may be able to find a used one on eBay), but you can still get it in grey or black on Hunter’s website.]

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