Rain on me: The best waterproof jackets for women

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This summer has been a wet one. And as we edge closer to autumn, the threat of rain is ever more present. It seems wise, then, to dig out your wellies and waterproof jackets and dust off that festival mud – or, if that sounds like too much effort, invest in a shiny new raincoat to see you through the wet season ahead.

A few things to keep in mind as you shop: first, you’ll want to ensure your new waterproof jacket is actually, well, waterproof. Ideally, it should be made from fabrics such as Gore-Tex, polyester and nylon. Sure, cotton gabardine looks great, but it won’t always keep you dry in the event of a biblical downpour. Secondly, as you’ll most likely be reaching for your waterproof jacket on the regular between the months of September and June, you’re better off plumping for something that will go with your existing wardrobe.

In this case, neutral colours and pared-back prints will work in your favour, but if you’re the type of woman to make a statement with your outerwear, there are, of course, many colourful and patterned options to see you through. Finally, is your waterproof jacket breathable? We don’t necessarily associate the cold and wet months with overheating, but when you’re wrapped up in that many layers, a few well-placed vents go a long way.

Here’s our pick of the best women’s waterproof jackets to keep you dry through light showers and torrential downpours…

66°North Hornstrandir waterproof jacket

If there’s one brand you can always rely on to keep you warm and dry, it’s Icelandic outfitter 66°North, and having been in the business for almost a century, it’s safe to say the B Corp-certified brand knows its stuff. Named for the most remote corner of Iceland, the Hornstrandir is 66°North’s most advanced shell jacket. Crafted from Gore-Tex, with waterproof stretch panels for comfort and ease of movement, this waterproof jacket is both sturdy and graceful – it’ll also do you well on the slopes once ski season rolls around.


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Loro Piana hooded jacket

Crafted from shell treated with Loro Piana’s signature Storm System treatment, this waterproof and wind resistant jacket protects you from the elements in style. Rendered in classic navy and tailored for a loose, laidback fit, it features a vibrant yellow deerskin trim along the collar for a pop of colour. The enveloping hood is perfect for keeping your freshly styled hair looking perfect.


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Ganni waterproof anorak

We get it, sometimes you want to make a statement with your raincoat and that’s okay. Considering it only gets taken out of the house on the dreariest of days, why not opt for a waterproof jacket that will brighten up your rainy day look? Ganni’s pretty pink anorak is ideal whether you’re dashing through the wet streets of the capital, or dancing the night away at a music festival. Designed for an oversized fit, it features a drawstring hem and lace-up mock turtleneck for extra protection.


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Moncler waterproof parka jacket

Ideal for muggy days when clouds threaten to open at any moment, Moncler’s Symphodus hooded parka jacket is a versatile wardrobe staple. The classic silhouette features modern abstract panels of green over black and is crafted from 100 per cent recycled nylon, making this stylish and functional jacket good for the planet as well.


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Burberry belted checked shell jacket

For a classic touch, cop this checked jacket from Burberry. Crafted from durable shell, this elegant jacket features the recognisable Burberry check pattern, shoulder epaulettes, and a belted waist. Perfectly tailored for old-school elegance, wear yours with a midi dress.


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Rotate Birger Christensen appliquéd recycled-shell anorak

Despite their undisputed functionality, anoraks have too often been shunned by the perennially stylish, written-off as a style for stuffy old men and nerdy school kids – but this recycled-shell anorak by Copenhagen-based label Rotate Birger Christensen has thoroughly proved the stereotype wrong. Rendered in bright pink and designed for a retro oversized fit, it features dropped shoulders, an elasticated hem, and graphic text emblazoned across the bodice. This is one anorak we’d be happy to reach for at even the slightest hint of rain.


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