The Best Raincoats That Won’t Kill Your Vibe

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by Hannah Banks-Walker |
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If there's a functional wardrobe piece that will come in handy at the most unexpected moment, it's the best raincoats to add to your collection. The weather is throwing everything at us at the moment - from a day of sun to torrential rain the next. Temperatures haven't truly nose-dived yet, though, which means your best defence is something waterproof in case of showers. That's British weather for you. Don't look twice at buying one of these, because they can be one of the best coats that you'll ever invest in. Not convinced? Let me change your mind...

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This doesn't need to mean a washout for your wardrobe because when life gives you lemons, why not follow that old adage and make the sartorial equivalent of lemonade (which is, in this case, means investing in one of the best raincoats)? When stormy British autumns mean that our trusty trench coat doesn't cut it, you'll want something more durable and waterproof. Plus, the best raincoats don't have to be boring, either.

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Raincoats are not known for their style prowess. In fact, one may evoke distant memories of school trips to historic sites, an anorak worn over your uniform as you stand in the rain half-listening to a story about Oliver Cromwell. I'm not bitter (promise!). But I do regret the limited array of waterproof coats that were on offer during my childhood. Now, however, I'm making up for lost time. And yes, your favourite parka coats, leather jackets and everything in between can double up as a raincoat too. A waterproof no longer means drab. Or boring. Instead, brands have actually started to marry function with form, resulting in a whole new breed of excellent rain-resistant cover-ups.

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Whatever you're wearing with your raincoat, you can rest assured that it's about as far from that pac-a-mac as humanly possible. Style forecast: cheerier than expected. Want to go a step further? Grab a scarf coat to really see you through the chilly season. For now, though, here are the best raincoats you can shop right now.

SHOP: The Best Raincoats That Are Chic And Practical

DKNY Belted Shell Hooded Raincoat
Price: £117 (£260)

DKNY's raincoat comes in three neutral colours - navy, black and khaki - and has a hood (as all the best raincoats do). Perfect if you're always forgetting your brolly.

This is exactly what you need to face the current showers. It's lightweight, super-glossy and even has a hood to keep your hair dry.

If you want a raincoat that feels a bit smarter, or the sort of thing that will seamlessly into your workwear wardrobe, this is it. It's water repellent with a chic silhouette – you'll wonder how you coped without it.

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Price: £114 (was £190)

Cycling brand Rapha has teamed up with Shrimps to create a collection that's good enough to make us all want to take up exercise. But even if you're not on your bike, this Rapha + Shrimps Wind Kacket will be handy to have with you when rain is threatening your plans – it combines all the practicality of the brand's signature flair.

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Rains has long been the go-to for the best raincoats that you'll actually want to wear. This dark green Rains Long Jacket is easy to throw over jeans when the heavens open.

M&S is a go-to for everything essential with high-quality and long-lasting durability. This Rubber Hooded Funnel Neck Raincoat jacket is so good it's available in two colours and is as practical as it is stylish. The best raincoats tend to sell out so get it while you can.

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If you really want to invest in a raincoat that will last forever, Prada's Logo Raincoat is just that. Wear with everything you own and rest assured that being practical has never looked so great.

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This may be called a festival raincoat but this Free People Raincoat is too good not to wear all year round. It has the perfect, slightly oversized fit and is made from a printed translucent fabric, so you can show off your excellent outfit underneath.

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Price: £120 (was £150)

With a relaxed fit and draw-cord hood, this raincoat from White Stuff is the perfect companion for a weekend walk or the daily commute. With a quilted lining and pockets, it's warm and functional, to boot.

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Price: £86.99 (was £145)

Another waterproof in the sale, this UGG Hutton Rain Jacket is unlined, so won't be too warm. It also has a hood, which is always good news when you're caught without an umbrella.

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Price: £105 (was £210)

High-gloss trenches return season after season – wear this Calvin Klein Oversized High Gloss Coat with similar colours for quiet luxury vibes. Oh-so Sofia Richie.

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If you're looking for the perfect longline raincoat, this Weekend Max Mara Cornflower Blue Raincoat is surely it. From the colour to the fit, you'll wear this for every rainy day from now on.

Consider the Meriwether Lightweight Zadie Coat the grown-up (stylish) version of the pac-a-mac. You won't overheat and it can be scrunched up into your handbag or suitcase. It also has an inner waist adjustment, is wind-proof and completely water resistant.

What Is A Raincoat?

Nostalgic of childhoods popping on a raincoat on those family days out, a raincoat is a waterproof or water-resistant jacket designed to protect you from rain and moisture. You'll usually find these coats made out of PVC, rubber, polyester, or Gore-Tex. Even vinyl coats have become trendy in recent years.

If you're wondering if raincoats can be fashionable too, though, the answer is: yes. There are lots of styles and colours out there that don't have to make your jacket boring. Because fashion is key, even if it's raining.

Are Raincoats Breathable?

Now, we all know that sticky sweaty feeling when raincoats become a little bit too warm. Investing in a good raincoat means you'll avoid those unfortunate inside sweats. You'll find that some raincoats are designed with breathable materials or features like pit zips and vents to allow moisture to escape while still keeping rain out. These breathable raincoats are ideal for active pursuits to prevent overheating and discomfort. This doubles up as a light coat that works in all seasons, making for a suitable spring and winter coat choice.

Hannah Banks-Walker is the Head of Fashion Commerce for Grazia, where she waxes lyrical about midi dresses and tries not to collect any more red lipsticks.

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