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Raincoats for women - the best on the high street

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When life gives you constant, driving rain, there's only one thing you can do; invest in a proper raincoat. And we're not talking about those 'rain-resistant' disappointments that see you schlepping down the high street looking like you've entered a wet T-shirt contest either. We're talking good, old-fashioned waterproofs. So here are our favourite raincoats for women from stylish macs to budget buys.

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What to look for in a raincoat

"I have a red raincoat with a hood that I picked up whilst sheltering from the pouring rain in Seasalt a while ago. They had a sale on, which was fortuitous. It was an impluse buy as it was marked down by £60, but it has proved to be a great purchase ever since!"


1. Make sure it's waterproof

This might sound obvious, but you'd be surprised at how many raincoats aren't actually shower-resistant. Our advice? Double check the material before you buy so you're not caught out.


2. Opt for a hood

A hood really is a life-saver when you leave the house, get caught in a downpour and then realise that you don't have your trusty umbrella with you. Try a detachable hood or a hood with drawstrings for maximum practicality.


3. Choose a breathable fabric

When the temperature is fairly high (well, for the UK at least) but it still insists on pouring with rain, a raincoat with breathable fabric will ensure you stay dry in all senses of the word. No one wants to sweat profusely in order to avoid a bit of rain.


4. Go for a longer length

There's nothing worse than staying dry up top only to find out that your lower half looks like you've just waded through a rather large swimming pool. A longer length raincoat will ensure that you avoid this unfortunate eventuality.


Best for keeping you dry

In our book, this is the number one feature to look out for when buying a raincoat. Whether it's a vibrant mac or a timeless jacket for numerous occasions, if it's water-resistant, it's a good'un. We love this Petit Bateau raincoat for it's quality material and this Barbour jacket for it's slick, attractive design. 


Petit Bateau raincoat for women Barbour raincoat
Iconic Women's Raincoat Barbour Caister Waterproof Jacket

Bright and stylish, but, mostly importantly, waterproof. Features striped lining and a decent hood.

Although a bit pricey, this shower-proof jacket is a real steal thanks to its breathable fabric.

Buy: £135, Petit Bateau

Buy: £179, John Lewis


Best for budget

If you're looking for something on the cheaper side, there's a raincoat out there for you. Try New Look for a range of simple anoraks (they're 100% waterproof, we promise you!) or Tesco Direct for an outer layer than you can fling on over any outfit.


New Look raincoat Tesco raincoat
Pale Grey Longline Anorak F&F Floral Print Hooded Mac

This simple anorak is a top budget buy - it'll protect you from a downpour but won't break the bank.

We do love F&F and this pretty mac is perfect for rainy days. It also has roll-up sleeves. Hooray!

Buy: £24.99, New Look

Buy: £14, Tesco Direct


Best for comfort

Yes, your raincoat should keep you dry, but it should also be comfortable and fit you well. We're particularly fond of Seasalt's designs for their quality, versatility and breathable fabrics. The Westerley Mac features roll-up cuffs and a belt to define your waist. Our second choice is the generously sized reversible raincoat with taped seams to protect you from the elements.


Seasalt raincoat

yellow raincoat

Westerley Mac The Reversible Raincoat

Perfect for the city or the country, this raincoat has a detachable hood, belt and generous pockets. 

Who doesn't love a reversible raincoat? Fancy yellow one day and black the next? This raincoat has you covered.

Buy: £99, Seasalt

Buy: £79.95, Seasalt


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Best for style 

When it comes to outerwear, we want to be warm and stylish at the same time. It's no secret that we love Boden and this polka dot mac is not only pleasing to the eye, but it has a quilted lining, patch pocket detailing and a detachable hood! Coast is also our go-to for attractive waterproof jackets that will serve you well for years to come.


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Coast Waterproof Jacket Anya Waterproof Mac

With a soft jersey lining and storm flap, this boxy style Joules raincoat is a thing of practicality and style.

Boden have come up trumps with a raincoat that is fully waterproof, has a soft lining and a detachable hood.

Buy: £89.95, Joules

Buy: £84-£98, Boden


Best for plus size women

Shopping for a raincoat is fairly simply if you're plus size, but the trick is to find one that doesn't drown you. A raincoat with drawstrings or a belt will add some definition to the waist and allow you to adjust as necessary. We're a fan of JD Williams and Bonmarché for their generous sizes. 


JD Williams raincoat Bonmarche raincoat
Lightweight Contrast Parka Poppy Printed Parka

This contemporary jacket could almost pass as a trench coat. It's lightweight and can be cinched at the waist.

If you're after something printed, pretty and longer in length to brave the weather in, then this is the raincoat for you. 

Buy: £30, JD Williams

Buy: £38, Bonmarché


Best for petite women

When it comes to raincoats for petite figures, length is key, particularly in relation to hemlines and sleeves. This duffle raincoat from Lands' End has an adjustable hood and cuffs, not to mention outer pockets with a smaller side entry to keep hands dry. Also try Topshop for statement rain macs perfect for petite women.


Debenhams raincoat Topshop raincoat
Orange Petite Duffle Rain Jacket Petite Hooded Rain Mac

Vibrant and practical, this raincoat has adjustable cuffs to keep you dry and a handy internal pocket for your essentials.

This pale pink statement mac is another cheaper option that's sure to keep you dry as a bone.

Buy: £110, Debenhams

Buy: £49, Topshop


Prices correct as of 27/04/18


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