The snow is melting, the days are getting longer…Spring is here (finally)! But just when temperatures start rising and the deep winter brain fog starts to clear, the rain starts. And it just doesn’t stop. We’re here to help you combine some retail therapy with a little practicality! Similar to a stellar winter coat, the right rain coat can shield you from the elements and even pull an outfit together. They say April showers bring May flowers, but while we’re waiting here are 11 jackets that will make the walk from your front door to your car a little less daunting and, hopefully, spark some joy. — Story by Sophie Wilson
- Joules Coast Waterproof Mac – $150
For a classic nautical raincoat, look no further than Joules’ Coast Waterproof Mac. This practical jacket comes in navy, red, and an amazing fisherman’s yellow that screams New England spring. Over a navy striped sweater, no one will know if you’re on your way to pick up or your vacation home on Cape Cod.
- Everlane Trench – $175
A classic trench is classic for a reason – it elevates any outfit. With a water resistant finish and polished look, this jacket from Everlane is both functional and chic. Throw it on with jeans and white t-shirt (or your PJs) and you’re done! This particular trench comes in 3 colors, and is meant to be slightly oversized. The cherry on top? Everlane is a company that partners only with ethical factories around the world that prioritize fair wages, reasonable hours, and environment.
- Patagonia Women’s Torrentshell 3L City Coat – $229
If you’re looking for a simple rain jacket from a tried and true brand, this Patagonia option is for you. It comes in 5 colors and is built for “wet weather commuting.” If the price tag is a little high, they have a selection of Used Garments at a discount. Additionally, if you have a Patagonia item that you don’t wear anymore, you can trade it in and they’ll give you a credit toward your next purchase. It’s all part of their commitment to sustainability, which also includes giving back 1% of all sales to “the preservation and restoration of the natural environment.”
- Zara Water Repellent Puffer Jacket – $69.90
Zara’s Puffer Jacket is water repellent without being a traditional raincoat. The quilting and ballooned sleeves make this jacket a trendier option – pair this with black jeans and a Chelsea boot and you can go from running errands to Happy Hour with no problem.
- Uniqlo Pocketable UV Protection Parka – $39.90
This budget friendly option comes in 6 colors, and in addition to being water repellent, it also has UV protection. The best part of this jacket? It folds up in a small pouch that you can throw in your bag or trunk when you’re not sure what the day will bring.
- Boden Belle Packaway Anorak – $150
The British company Boden makes this vibrant pull over option with a hood that is roomy enough to layer under, and when the sun comes out you can pack it away in its own front pouch! This style comes in two bright color blocking designs and is treated with an environmentally friendly water repellent coating.
- Barbour Beadnell Wax Jacket – $395
Want to look like Princess Di on a weekend in the British Countryside? This classic Barbour is your perfect rain jacket. Around since 1894, these waxed jackets are made to last, and you can “enhance” the jacket in several ways, including adding a vest liner or a hood for more versatility. They may be pricier, but will last forever and the style rarely varies.
- Sweaty Betty Retro Parachute Parka – $298
This longer style from Sweaty Betty, with drawstring cuffs and an optional hood, can be an outfit all by itself! Throw it over your black leggings with some fun sneakers, and even if you never make it to the gym, at least you’ll look chic. The color blocking at the shoulders brightens up a very functional and practical jacket, making it perfect for spring showers.
- The North Face Sheru Jacket – $119
The North Face is having a moment right now, doing all types of collaborations with brands like Gucci, to this one with Asos. Wear it with black joggers for an effortless athletic look.
- Sweaty Betty Mission Waterproof Parka – $258
Another option from Sweaty Betty, this oversized rain jacket comes in three colors, one of which is a very on trend bright blue. Lots of pockets means you won’t leave your phone on the counter or forget your wallet in the car, and the oversized design means you can wear it over PJs and no one will notice.
- Athleta RainOut Sutro Trench – $169
Made from Recycled Polyester, this waterproof jacket from Athleta is versatile AND machine washable. There’s also an internal drawstring which means you can cinch it at the waist for a more fitted look. It comes in three colors including a rich ochre hue that has a matching pant.