*well, almost every day*
Words by Penny Goldstone and Megan C. Hills
We wished owning a good raincoat or waterproof jacket wasn’t a necessity in this country, but the British weather is what it is, so we might as well ride it in style.
Which is why we thought we’d round up the snazziest coats, jackets and macs out there to keep you dry and stylish even when it’s chucking down, which we promise is entirely possible.
Best raincoat trends for women
As the weather starts to cool off and that blistering sunshine is gradually becoming a thing of the past, our minds have been rapidly turning to raincoats and waterproof jackets. We’re not the only ones as both high street and luxury brands have been pulling out all the stops, with both classic pieces and autumn fashion trends playing a big role this season.
You can never go wrong with a classic yellow raincoat and Stutterheim’s below is one of our favourites, especially as the navy cuffs are a fun nod to this season’s colour blocking trend. (Lu Mei on the other hand takes the trend to a more dramatic lengths with an eye-catching graphic pattern.) Clear raincoats, a big favourite every year, are back with a vengeance this season with both glossy and more matte textures available as well.
Khaki midi waterproofs always look effortlessly chic and are a breeze to style, whether you’re tossing one over a dark floral dress or a pair of indigo jeans. You can get a head start on the street style set by investing in a puffer jacket this season to keep you cosy and dry.
As far as patterns go, we’re looking to make a big statement with floral, check and leopard prints. When we laid our eyes on that Urban Outfitters leopard coat, it was totally love at first sight.
Best festival raincoats
You can’t go to a festival without packing a raincoat: fact. But where you’d probably bank on a beige mac for work, a big weekend with your pals is the perfect time to try something a bit more fun.
Proud of your slogan or band tee? Don’t hide it, and wear a clear poncho style over it instead. Neon will always have its place in every festival fashion wardrobe, so whether you’re going for a sheer hot pink or a matte yellow, you’ll always be on trend.
Statement prints are a big winner as well, whether you’re into leopard print, florals or tie dye. And oversized sequins have become a big unexpected favourite this year, look to Topshop for our favourite take.
How to wear a raincoat
Obviously, you can just throw on a raincoat and you’re done, but what’s the fun in that? For cool-girl points, hang your duster coat loosely over your shoulder, to give a glimpse of a pie crust shirt or Peter Pan collar à la Alexa Chung. If you’re rocking a pretty dress, leave your trench open, and go for a size up for that androgynous feel.
If you want to accentuate your waist, pick a belted number, which will go well with wide leg jeans or a maxi dress. It’s all about balancing things out though, if you’re wearing a long dress or skirt and you’re on the short side, pick a waist-length raincoat so your figure isn’t swamped.
If you’re picking a raincoat with a statement print, pair it with simple denim, but if you want to make a statement, there’s no harm in clashing prints either with a pleated printed skirt or palazzo trousers.
Scroll down to shop our curated edit of the best designer and high-street raincoats to buy now.