The history of the rain jacket
It all began back in the 1800s, when Charles Macintosh’s patented the first raincoat. But by far the most iconic moment for the raincoat was when Thomas Burberry invented gabardine in 1879. The breathable, weatherproof and hard-wearing fabric revolutionised rainwear and became the fabric used to make the London brand’s cult trench coats, which were worn by soldiers during the First World War, and are now arguably one of the most coveted items in every woman’s wardrobe.
The current raincoat trends
While women’s raincoats used to be a tricky beast to style, often looking like an oversized garbage bag that did nothing for your outfit, these days it’s hard to get it wrong. Designers have you covered with flattering silhouettes, colourful designs and comfortable fits (no stiff PVC in sight!).
Printed raincoats are having a major moment (animal print and artist-inspired designs in particular), and the see-through raincoat trend of a few years back continues to prove a stylish raincoat choice.
How to find the right rain jacket
For the best coverage, the longer the hemline the better; your sleeves should line up with your wrist bone; and you’ll find all the latest trendy raincoats with hoods because ain’t nobody got time for frizzy rain hair.
A slightly larger fit allows for layering underneath, but don’t go too roomy - that shapeless poncho look is out...indefinitely.
The best women's rain jacket styles you can buy right now
Need a reason to look forward to a rainy day? These will help!
1. RAINS Curve Jacket
If you’re after smart but fashionable raincoats, look up Danish outerwear brand Rains. This minimalist Scandi raincoat is sleek and chic without even trying.
2. PAQME Classic Trench Raincoat
With the same smart style of a trench, only in a lightweight, waterproof polyester fabric, this coat will make a stylish addition to your trans-seasonal wardrobe, regardless of whether it’s raining.
3. ASOS DESIGN Pac A Mac Jacket in Animal Print
Very few people look cute getting caught in the rain, but you will in this pastel raincoat. The lightweight fabric makes this a great option to take with you when you travel.
4. Gorman Honeypot Raincoat
In true funky Gorman style, the selection of patterned raincoats means there’s one for every personality. This Dana Kinter printed parka is bold but sophisticated.
5. MARQUES'ALMEIDA Metallic Detachable Hood Raincoat
If you want to make a fashion statement, this is the raincoat for you. The metallic finish makes this the perfect going-out safeguard on a dreary night.
6. Boden Suki Waterproof Coat - Soft Truffle, Animal
Comfy, on-trend and surprisingly understated, you’ll be begging for the rain to come just so you can bust this one out.
7. Calvin Klein Performance Transparent Raincoat
For the athleisure lover, go for a transparent raincoat like this graffiti-tagged Calvin Klein one.
8. Mother Sheer Raincoat
If you’re after an understated raincoat but don’t want to go completely transparent, this pink number has you covered.
9. Stutterheim Stockholm Raincoat - Unisex
Scandinavian brands are our new go-to for sleek rainy-day wear. Functional but cool (we love the matte finish), Swedish label Stutterheim know how to dress up a classic raincoat silhouette.
10. Maxted Rainy Days Raincoat
If you’re looking for a sophisticated raincoat to wear to work, this is it. We love the Hunter Green shade for your winter wardrobe.