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Don’t let a little drizzle get you down with these chic rain jackets and coats

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We may have said goodbye to La Niña and the torrential downpours of 2022, but we are not out of the clear when it comes to dreary, drizzly days this winter. 

With a cold snap on its way (cue groans) and with it coming a rain band sending showers across the country, now is the time to treat yourself to a stylish – and functional – rain jacket or coat to mark the occasion. 

Luckily, there is no need to say goodbye to chic winter dressing just because of a little drizzle, as there are endless stylish rain coat options to add to your wardrobe this year. 

Whether you’re after a bold patterned coat, want something minimalist and fashion forward or are after a budget rain proof layer to keep you dry all winter long – we have found the best of the best. 

Read on to find our top rain jacket and coat picks to suit any need and ensure no soggy ensembles, all season long. 

2024’s TOP rain coats and rain jackets for women

  1. RAINS Long Rain Jacket, $180, The Iconic (here’s why)
  2. Ribbons Spliced Raincoat, $149, Gorman (here’s why)
  3. Women’s Leopard Print Rain Coat, $39, Big W (here’s why)

The best raincoats and rain jackets to shop in 204

RAINS long rain jacket

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RAINS Long Rain Jacket

from $180 at The Iconic

Best for:  facing the elements in a cool, urban style.

No wardrobe is complete without a trusty raincoat, and the RAINS Unisex Long Jacket is an ideal choice for facing the elements in cool, urban style. Made from water-resistant material, this jacket ensures you stay dry when skies are grey. With a regular fit and an oversized design to accommodate its unisex style, this jacket is both practical and fashionable.

Sizes: XS-XL

Colours: Black, Night, Black Grain, Green, Grey, Flint, Wind, Ash, Powder, Candy, Sand, Dune, Straw, Haze, Mineral, Navy, Waves.

Materials: PU & Polyester

Key features:

  • Water-resistant outer
  • Drawstring hood
  • Press-stud closure

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Gorman raincoat

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Ribbons Spliced Raincoat

from $149 at Gorman

Best for: bringing the joy to gloomy, dark, days

Brace for rainy days with the Ribbons Spliced Raincoat, a perfect blend of practicality and style. Crafted from recycled polyester, this water-resistant jacket ensures you stay dry while being environmentally conscious. The raincoat features elasticated adjustable toggles at the hood and front welt and patch pockets, enhancing its functionality. The centre front metal snap opening and full hood shaping offer added convenience, while the loose, relaxed fit and hip-length design make it ideal for layering. The exclusive Gorman print with spliced print placement adds a unique flair, ensuring your individuality shines even on the rainiest days.

Sizes: 6-20

Colours: Gorman Print

Material: 100% RPET

Key features:

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  • Full Hood
  • Loose, Relaxed fit
  • Front welt and patch pockets

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BIG W Raincoat

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Women’s Leopard Print Rain Coat

from $39 at Big W

Best for: keeping stylish and dry on a budget

Keep yourself dry without losing any style points with the &me Leopard Print Rain Coat, a must-have addition to your wardrobe. The beautiful colour and practical design make it perfect for protecting yourself from the elements while looking fashionable. The raincoat features stretchy wrist cuffing and an easy-to-use zip fastening at the front, ensuring both comfort and convenience.

Sizes: 6-18

Colours: Animal, Rose, Brilliant Black

Materials: Coating: Polyurethane (exclusive of trims). Backing: Polyester

Key features:

  • Long sleeves
  • Comfy Hood
  • Zip fastening

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Helly Hansen Raincoat

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W Kirkwall II Raincoat

from $250 at Helly Hansen

Best for: a twist on a classic

The Helly Hansen Fisherman’s raincoat has been reimagined in a new, modern version that combines style and practicality. This windproof and waterproof jacket for women features a great retro design, making it both fashionable and functional. Crafted from full-stretch HELOX+ fabric, it ensures complete weather protection while allowing for freedom of movement. This updated classic offers a stylish and practical solution for rainy days, staying true to Helly Hansen’s legacy of producing high-quality rainwear.

Sizes: XS-XL.

Colours: Essential Yellow and Navy.

Material: 100% Polyurethane

Key features:

  • Fully wind and waterproof
  • Bottom back pleat for extra movement
  • Repair kit included

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Rivers Raincoat

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ICB Women’s Drawstring Rain Jacket

from $94.99 at Rivers

Best for: stylish and practical everyday wear

The ICB Women’s Drawstring Rain Jacket is a versatile and stylish choice for staying dry and comfortable. Featuring a full zipper closure and a loose fit, this jacket is both waterproof and windproof, providing excellent protection against the elements. The long sleeves with elastic bands at the cuffs, along with the drawstring at the hem and hood, ensure a snug fit and added coverage.

Sizes: S-XL

Colour: Black

Material: 100% Polyester

Key features:

  • Loose fit
  • Waterproof and windproof
  • Full zipper closure

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What is the difference between a raincoat and a rain jacket?

The main differences between a raincoat and a rain jacket revolve around length, style, and intended use. Raincoats are generally longer, often extending to the knees or below, providing more coverage and protection against rain, especially for the lower body. In contrast, rain jackets are shorter, usually ending at the waist or hips, offering more freedom of movement and often preferred for active outdoor activities.

Raincoats typically feature a more traditional, classic style and can include trench coats and other longer, more formal designs. They may come with additional features like belts, storm flaps, and structured silhouettes. On the other hand, rain jackets are designed for functionality and sportiness, with elements like adjustable hoods, multiple pockets, and drawstrings, making them more casual and practical.

The intended use also differs between the two. Raincoats are ideal for everyday use, commuting, or formal occasions where you need to stay dry without compromising on style. The longer length provides better protection for those spending more time walking in the rain. Rain jackets, however, are suited for active outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, running, and camping. Their shorter length and lighter weight make them more convenient for vigorous movement and carrying around.

How long are rain jackets waterproof?

The duration that rain jackets remain waterproof depends on several factors, including the quality of the jacket, the materials used, the frequency and conditions of use, and how well the jacket is maintained.

On average, with proper care and moderate use, a good-quality rain jacket can remain effectively waterproof for several years. However, if used extensively or not maintained properly, its waterproofing may start to diminish after a year or two.

To maximize the waterproof lifespan of your rain jacket, invest in a high-quality product, follow the care instructions, reapply DWR treatments as needed, and store the jacket properly when not in use. Regular maintenance and mindful use can help ensure your rain jacket continues to provide reliable protection against the elements.

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