We can’t help but agree with the famous Carpenters song: Rainy days and Mondays always get us down. However, having a jacket that keeps you warm and dry certainly helps with the former.

Whether you’re looking for a classic trench, a trendy jacket or a sporty coat for staying active in the rain, there’s an affordable and functional option for you.

Ahead, we’ve rounded up some of the best raincoats for women from brands you love like J.Crew, Lululemon and The North Face, as well as a few you may not have heard of yet. Don’t forget to grab a pair of rain boots to match!

Best Rain Jackets for Women

1. LuluLemon Rain Rebel Jacket

This Lululemon Rain Rebel Jacket is perfect for the office commuter. It’s lightweight, waterproof, soft, sleek and good quality! It also has a back vent for breathability, a hidden phone sleeve, interior pockets and a hood to keep you happy and dry.

2. J. Crew Perfect Rain Jacket

Leave it to J.Crew to design a water-resistant raincoat in every color of the rainbow! This one comes with a practical hood, an adjustable waist (so you can fit it to flatter any outfit!) and an on-trend fishtail hem. Plus, it’s machine washable!

3. Modern Eternity Waterproof 3-in-1 Convertible Raincoat

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4. The North Face Venture II Jacket

This rain jacket from The North Face has nearly 2,500 reviews on Zappos and a five-star rating! It’s 100% windproof and machine washable, which means it can stand up to whatever adventures you put it through while keeping you comfortable and warm.

5. Fisoul Waterproof Rain Jacket

This affordable (and waterproof!) rain jacket from Amazon is one of the most popular lightweight jackets on Amazon at the moment. It comes in 16 colors that will work with a variety of outfits.

6. Rains Rain Jacket

It’s all about the fabric when it comes to this classic jacket from Rains. According to the company’s founder, the lightweight polyester fabric backed with a polyurethane coating and bonded through ultrasonic welding is what sets this jacket apart.

7. Everlane The Mac Coat

This minimalist mac coat has a retro feel with all the modern updates you need, like a weather-resistant coating, a hidden chest pocket and a swingy silhouette.

8. Wantdo Double Breasted Trench Coat

This bestselling trench coat comes in seven different colors and features water-repellent fabric to keep you dry during rainy days.

9. Lauren Ralph Lauren Belted Trench Coat

Calling all “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” fans! This belted, weather-resistant trench gives us major Holly Golightly vibes and is perfect for anyone who wants to brave the rain in an iconic look.

10. Mia Melon Harriet Rain Style Trench

Mia Melon is a Portland, Oregon-based brand creating chic, versatile outerwear in a city that knows a thing or two about rain. The Harriet jacket is a double-breasted style that comes with a removable hood and belt, and is made from a windproof and waterproof fabric that looks like cotton, so you don’t have to compromise on style while staying cozy and dry.

11. Columbia Arcadia Waterproof Jacket

This jacket is currently the bestselling raincoat on Amazon and it’s not hard to see why. It has a 4.5-star rating thanks to its lightweight fabric and durability. It comes in a wide array of colors and is available in sizes XS through 3X.

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I’m not the biggest fan of the rain (neither is Polly), but if April showers bring May flowers, I can definitely get on board!

While it doesn’t rain a ton in SoCal (hence the big aversion to it), we’ve had a bit of it recently and I’m glad to say that I was prepared! It’s not always fun to run errands and go to meetings when it’s raining in LA, but stylish rain gear definitely helps. Today, I’m rounding up some of my favorite rainy day essentials that will have you out and about in style, while keeping you dry!

Now I just need to find something for Polly to wear, so she’ll feel better about going for a walk in the rain…

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Trench Coats

A classic trench coat is always in style.

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Rain Coats

You can never go wrong with a raincoat in a neutral color – it will go with everything.

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Rain Boots

There are so many options for rain boots these days. Go with classic black or go with some color to add little pep in your step.

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Go Bold With Color

I typically stick to neutrals but when it’s dark and rainy out, I’m down to brighten up my look with a little more color!

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Printed

If you want to try some prints, stripes are always a great, classic option! A little gingham or some polka dots are pretty cute too.

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When we were little, my sisters and I liked to play dress-up. Our favorite article of clothing was our mother’s old jacket, a patchwork of different colored fabrics — purple, orange, turquoise, black — with enormous pockets and shoulder pads. It was a strange and spectacular garment, a product of its time: My mom had bought it at Flip, the now-defunct vintage-clothing store on Melrose Avenue, which was a center of fashion in 1980s Los Angeles. Even back then, when the jacket was long enough to graze my knees, I understood it took guts to carry off the look.

Nowadays, my go-to outerwear is the Downtown Field Jacket by J.Crew in a shade of dark olive called “mossy brown.” The name might be meaningless to you, but I guarantee you’ve seen the jacket. It’s been worn by Modern Family’s high-strung mom-of-three Claire Dunphy. It’s appeared twice on Scandal: First Lady Mellie Grant wore it to Camp David; then the former CIA operative and assassin-for-hire Becky Flynn wore it to shoot the president. Rashida Jones, as Ann Perkins, sported it on Parks and Recreation. It even enjoyed a cameo in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. Venture into any city on a not-too-warm day, and you’ll spot a Downtown Field Jacket as often as you do a Starbucks.

The jacket is made of lightweight waxed cotton, which means it’s waterproof if it needs to be, and it boasts a zipper up the front, in addition to a flap lined with gold snaps for extra protection from the elements. The snaps and the many pockets initially give the jacket a raffish military vibe, but there is some alchemy to it that lets you assume any number of identities. Wearing it I feel simultaneously like a badass teenager leaning against a brick wall with a cigarette tucked between my chapped lips, and like a British woman in wellies forging her way across a bog (in my mind, I own the bog).

At $148, it’s priced to own, at least compared to most J.Crew outerwear. I can wear it in the winter in Los Angeles, in the spring in New York, and in the summer in San Francisco. Come fall, I can wear it almost everywhere, and I do. In my mind I’m projecting a cool, careless, masculine femininity. If fashion is utility plus fantasy, then the Downtown Field Jacket fulfills the equation beautifully.

That the jacket would make a believable wardrobe choice for so many women, and for a handful of very different television and film characters, attests to its power. Like the best basic, it doesn’t upstage the body, but empowers it. It emphasizes and complements the wearer’s identity, whatever that may be, while also feeding into the imagined persona its owner secretly delights in. And like the best basic, it’s nearly invisible, rendering its wearer visible.

I myself bought the jacket without realizing my friend already owned one. She had it on when we met, in fact, and although I recall liking her jacket, it didn’t stick in my mind. I remember thinking she seemed tough, but elegant, like a woman who can both change a tire and make a salad dressing from scratch. I recently asked her how she felt in it. She replied, “Like Daniel Craig in Skyfall.”

Whenever I come across another Downtown girl, I smile and nod in acknowledgment. Most return the favor, though a few have looked away, embarrassed, as if we’ve been caught at the prom in identical gowns. I can’t blame them; loving something popular reminds you that you’re not as unique as you’d hoped. While I might have resented the jacket’s widespread appeal when I was younger and preferred to don a one-of-a-kind, vintage faux-fur coat to keep me warm, I’m now happy to be a part of this vast tribe of women, even if our mutual love of a J.Crew basic makes us, well, basic bitches. Who cares?

That term, used to signify those who like what’s mainstream and typical, is also a gendered one. It’s women, not men, whose conformity is deemed inferior. A man’s wardrobe has been a parade of basics for decades, hasn’t it, and yet a pair of khakis, or a well-cut blazer, doesn’t threaten any one man’s individuality, isn’t a reflection of his character or lack thereof. Enough with judging a woman for what she puts on her body, and for what she consumes in service of that body.

Others must agree. In 2014, when it was announced that J.Crew’s profits were floundering, many industry experts and consumers blamed the brand’s refocus on quirky, of-the-moment pieces. I understand the criticism. The shared ardor for one particular easy-to-wear jacket proves that many women rely on, and revel in, basics. Let us all wear the Downtown Field Jacket, we say, let us throw it on without thinking, it goes with everything and looks terrific. There are other, more meaningful differences between us than what we wear.

I’m reminded again of my mother’s jacket. It did take guts to pull off that particular look, but I can’t stop thinking about how short-lived it was, lodged squarely inside of 1984. When my mother asked my father for a divorce and moved out, she didn’t take the jacket with her. Nor did she take her wedding dress. Why would she? Neither garment reflected who she was, or who she wanted to be, and she wouldn’t miss them.

There’s something tragic about last season’s looks. The everyday has the danger of being mundane, but, then again, what isn’t timeless quickly becomes irrelevant. Irrelevance is the last thing a woman needs when getting dressed in the morning.

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