I live in Portland, Oregon. Home of beautiful green trees, oceans, rivers, mountains, and rain. Lots of rain. And any good Oregonian worth their salt has a good raincoat, because we most definitely DON’T use umbrellas. Umbrellas are a sign of weakness in the eyes of my fellow-Oregonians. A quality raincoat is a good investment if you live in a climate that is no stranger to rain, so I thought I would share a roundup of a few of my favorite women’s raincoats.
And yes … you could just go to your nearest outdoor store and choose a raincoat that would be super functional, but it also probably wouldn’t be that cute. My picks offer a hybrid of fashion and function for those of us who aren’t “REI/camping/outdoorsy girls.” My criteria were that the coats had to have a flattering fit, a hood (because, well, it’s a raincoat, though you would be surprised how many “raincoats” don’t have hoods!) and the coats earned bonus points for cute detailing. Check ’em out!
Columbia Quench the Trench Rain Jacket 1 of 8
I think this is probably my favorite raincoat of the bunch — definitely fashion meets function. I love the black chambray color, the fun detailing brought in by the pocket detailing and belt as well as the little leather details on the drawstrings. A bit pricy, but if you live somewhere where it rains a lot, then this is definitely worth the investment.
Purchase for $200.00 from Columbia
L.L. Bean Trail Model Raincoat 2 of 8
I love the idea of a classic "rain slicker yellow" jacket to ward off the rainy weather, and it doesn't get any more classic than L.L. Bean!
Purchase for $89.00 from L.L. Bean
Ellen Tracy Hooded Faux Leather Trimmed Raincoat 3 of 8
I adore this jacket. From the ever-so-slight A-line cut, to the olive green color that I am currently obsessed with, to the brown leather trim detail, this is perfection in a raincoat!
Purchase for $154.99 from Macy's
Hooded A-Line Topper 4 of 8
I really like the A-line, swing style of this raincoat. I'm typically not a fan of trapeze style anything, but this one is great and gives a bit of a flare without looking huge and tent-like. I also really like the unexpected color!
Purchase for $180.00 from Nordstrom
Eddie Bauer WeatherEdge Mackenzie Trench Coat 5 of 8
This coat is all about the detailing. I love the seaming down the front, the open metal buttons, and the unexpected textured plum color. This raincoat is definitely a winner.
Purchase for $179.00 from Eddie Bauer
Nautica Hooded Toggle-Front Raincoat 6 of 8
I like that this raincoat looks more like a peacoat, but still offers great rain protection. Anyone who has ever gotten caught in a rainstorm while wearing a wool jacket knows it's not particularly protective and you will likely end up quite soaked. This jacket comes in a variety of colors and even though you can't see it, there is a hood too — a definite must.
Purchase for $139.99 from Macy's
Columbia Women’s Pardon My Trench Rain Jacket 7 of 8
This coat comes in multiple colors, but I rather like it with a fun pop of bright red. This raincoat is a sportier option made a bit more feminine via the trench style belt. I am a fan.
Purchase for $70.00 from Columbia
Columbia Women’s Splash a Little Rain Jacket 8 of 8
You can never go wrong with a classic raincoat in black. Simple and perfect for the minimalist. It isn't overly stylized and does the job of keeping you dry quite well and with style.
Purchase for $100.00 from Columbia