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There’s no denying that good old Blighty has its fair share of active rain clouds, but the silver lining is that it’s the perfect excuse to splash out on new wet weather attire.
Let’s face it. Umbrellas are more trouble than they’re worth in blustery conditions and aren’t exactly manageable when you’re in charge of a pushchair or several kids. A protective raincoat is the answer to your wet weather worries – and while they’re often thought of as frumpy, our selection proves that there’s no need to sacrifice style for practicality.
We’ve gone on the hunt for the best shower-worthy jackets and coats with the help of numerous consumer reviews and countless recommendations from unbiased Mumsnetters, who’ve tested out all types and brands while enduring the school run, popping to the shops or just embracing the rain and muddy puddles.
From full-length to packable, here are the best women’s raincoats for 2021 that’ll stop you getting soaked whenever the Great British weather does its thing.
1. Helly Hansen W Kirkwall II Raincoat
Price: From £77.44 | Buy now from Amazon
“Helly Hansen does great raincoats – I have the Kirkwall and it’s great.” emma6776
When a brand has spent more than 140 years perfecting garments to protect wearers from the elements, it’s little wonder that its creations receive torrents of praise. Norwegian brand Helly Hansen has done just that and its polyurethane W Kirkwall II Raincoat is just the job for when an umbrella simply isn’t enough.
Although it’ll keep you dry, you might want to layer up on chillier days as it provides only limited warmth. It’s nevertheless stylish, comfortable and well-fitting, making it great for wet walks in autumn or spring showers.
- Sizes: XS to XL
- Colours: Off-white, Essential Yellow, Navy, Beluga, Jade and Black
2. Regatta Brigid Waterproof Insulated Hooded Jacket
Price: From £23.51 | Buy now from Amazon
“I have a mustard yellow Regatta raincoat and it’s excellent!” RiverCrossing
This cheery jacket won’t fail to brighten up dreary days. Also available in less vibrant shades for fans of more muted tones, it’s waterproof and insulated, with an adjustable hood and cuffs.
With a flattering waist-cinching drawcord, fishtail hem and roomy pockets, this shapely, short-length parka offers practicality, warmth and low-key style. What particularly sells it for us is its fair price tag.
- Sizes: 8 to 20
- Colours: Mustard Seed, Dark Burgundy, Balsam Green and Navy
3. Boden Morris Waterproof Mac
Price: £150 | Buy now from Boden
“I know the Boden coats are very controversial on Mumsnet but I bought a loud patterned one and slightly to my surprise I love it. It really lifts my day when I am out in it. I have worn it in loads of downpours and it has not yet let in a drop of rain.” Dorindabrown
Boden is a longstanding Mumsnet favourite and the Morris Waterproof Mac matches expectations.
This raincoat is thigh-length and lightly quilted inside so it’ll keep you toasty when you’re on playground duty. And no matter which of the five colourful options you dare to don, you can take on the elements in style.
It’s a pricey purchase but, as many Mumsnetters will tell you, Boden pieces generally last years and offer lots of value per wear.
- Sizes: 6 to 22
- Colours: Abstract Rainbow, Leafy Bud, Paintbox, Navy/Ochre Colourblock and Khaki/Navy Colourblock
4. Trespass Qikpac Unisex Waterproof Packaway Jacket
Price: From £19.26 | Buy now from Amazon
“Trespass does some good coats. They do packaway macs which will fold up small – lots of them have drawstrings!” inappropriateraspberry
A brilliant budget choice and the best packable raincoat we’ve found, this compact mac can be stashed in a bag or under a lightweight buggy, ready for sudden downpours.
Trespass is trusted by bona fide outdoorsy types, so it’s no surprise that this rain mac is waterproof up to 5000mm, with taped seams and elasticated cuffs.
We’ll be honest – it could never be described as chic. That said, it’s available in several bold colours in addition to the more conventional black or dark grey.
- Sizes: XXXS to XXXL
- Colours: Sasparilla, Grenadine, Leaf, Cobalt, Yellow, Flint and Black
5. Ilse Jacobsen Hornbæk Rain 135B Hooded Raincoat
Price: £223 | Buy now from John Lewis & Partners
“I have an Ilse and always get compliments on it.” resipsa
Stylish AND waterproof is the holy grail when it comes to raincoats. According to Mumsnetters, Danish brand Ilse Jacobsen delivers on both counts.
Constructed to deal with the elements, while also embracing sleek Scandi style, there isn’t a whiff of ‘frumpy’ about the mid-length Rain 135B. Another bonus of this functional polyester blend jacket is that it’s machine-washable.
- Sizes: 8 to 16
- Colours: Warm Orange and Urban
6. Lighthouse Outback Full-Length Waterproof Raincoat
Price: From £74.95 | Buy now from Amazon
“I bought the full-length raincoat with shoulder thingies – brilliant quality, true to size and great customer service. Would buy from them again.” weekend2021
This Mary Poppins-esque raincoat will keep you dry from head to toe, whatever Mother Nature throws at you. Designed in the Emerald Isle – no stranger to adverse weather – it’s so long that it’ll even cover the top of your wellies.
Adjustable leg straps come into their own when walking, while the protective shoulder cape helps raindrops run off the coat like the proverbial waterfowl’s back.
While its heavy fabric means it’s not particularly breathable, the checked lining adds to its classic country heritage look and the garment can be thrown in the washing machine when it inevitably gets covered in mud.
- Sizes: 6 to 24
- Colours: Deep Sea, Berry, Black, Fern, Nightshade, Plum and Urban Grey
7. Superdry Harpa Waterproof Jacket
Price: From £63.17 | Buy now from Amazon
“Superdry 100%.” Laughingcrow
This cute coat deserves a place on the shortlist of anyone seeking a less lengthy waterproof jacket. With more subtle Superdry labels and logos than some of the brand’s other products, it features a contrasting zip – apart from on the white version – that gives it an appealing retro vibe.
Don’t make the mistake of going up a size with this jacket (as is generally advisable with most Superdry clothing) because it’s true to size.
Not overly fitted, it’s crafted from breathable tech fabric and has coated zips, taped seams and an adjustable hood and cuffs to keep raindrops out.
- Sizes: XS to XL
- Colours: Greenlake, White, Black and Yellow
8. Mountain Warehouse Fell Women’s 3-in-1 Water-Resistant Jacket
Price: From £48.99 | Buy now from Amazon
“I got my waterproof jacket from Mountain Warehouse – lots of great lightweight raincoats and not too pricey.” TheBitterBoy
For a decent raincoat that won’t break the bank, head to Mountain Warehouse. And if you want one that you can wear come rain or shine, wind or frost, investing in the Fell 3-in-1 Water-Resistant Jacket is money well spent.
Wear it as pictured or on warmer days simply remove the inner lightweight fleece, which can also be worn on its own, making it perfect when encountering four seasons in one day.
It’s no coincidence that this versatile garment has hundreds of five-star reviews, with its one minor fault being that the sleeves may be too long for petite women. It also comes in an impressively large range of sizes.
- Sizes: 4 to 28
- Colours: Black, Burgundy and Navy
9. Jack Wolfskin Women’s JWP Shell Jacket
Price: £78 | Buy now from Cotswold Outdoor
“Jack Wolfskin. I’ve had mine for six years so far and it’s still going strong. I’ve put it through the washing machine several times and somehow it still isn’t leaking.” PattyPan
Environmentally-conscious readers can go about their damp day guilt-free with this ultra-lightweight jacket from Jack Wolfskin, which is made from recycled polyester. It packs away tiny too, fitting into the smallest of changing bags or pushchair baskets.
This soft and stretchy jacket is basic in terms of details, however, with only a fixed hood and two hand pockets, one of which doubles as its stow pouch.
- Sizes: XS to XXL
- Colours: Frosted Blue, Night Blue, Pacific Green, Sorbet, Bright Lime, Granite, Green Pine, Blue Pacific, Sage and Storm Grey
10. Rains Curve Jacket
Price: £99 | Buy now from Rains
“I just bought a Rains Curve rain jacket – it’s lovely. Stood up pretty well during a heavy downpour on the school run yesterday!” nomad5
Inspired by a classic trench coat design, this water-resistant jacket from aptly-named brand Rains has a chic matte finish on all colours except the glossy Velvet Black colourway. There’s also a fishtail hemline and belt tie – ideal for enhancing, not hiding, curves.
Described by Rains as a women’s raincoat ‘with a feminine fit,’ it’s arguably more suited to boutique shopping and café-hopping than scrambling up craggy mountain paths.
- Sizes: XXS to XL
- Colours: Taupe, Black, Blue, Green, Rock and Velvet Black
11. The North Face Hikesteller Parka Shell Jacket
Price: £94.50 | Buy now from The North Face
“My hill-walking, mountain-climbing friends all rate The North Face. They definitely have technical credentials. Not just a fashion brand.” Polestar50
This parka jacket from The North Face ticks all technical boxes. It’s long enough to cover your bum but not restrict movement, whether you’re hiking through forests or hauling the buggy onto a bus.
Lightweight, impenetrable, quick-drying fabric keeps you cool and dry in extreme conditions. Sealed seams, elastic cuffs and an adjustable hood keep out pesky drips, and elasticated waist panels give a more flattering fit.
- Sizes: XS to 3XL
- Colours: Monterey Blue, Regal Red and TNF Black
12. Seasalt Janelle Coat
Price: From £150 | Buy now from Seasalt
“I bought a Janelle coat from Seasalt and it’s brilliant. It's warm but not too hot, and it breathes. It’s completely waterproof and it looks good too.” Xiaoxiong
A true Mumsnet favourite, our forums ring with endorsements for Seasalt’s bestselling waterproof raincoat. The Janelle is an all-rounder, offering 100 percent cover, even in the most torrential of conditions.
A lovely longer-length raincoat with fleece lining, it offers warmth – perhaps a trifle too much if you need only a light layer for autumn and spring showers - and has fully-taped seams and a detachable hood with a peak.
There are also reflective strips for added safety after dark. Of course, all these features come at a price – and a fairly hefty one at that.
- Sizes: 6 to 28
- Colours: Woodland, Black, Chalk Grey and Squid Ink
13. Craghoppers Women’s Madigan Classic Jacket
Price: From £30 | Buy now from Amazon
“I got a Craghoppers coat last year. It’s amazing! Seriously waterproof.” RonObvious
When ominous rain clouds are looming overhead, reach for this no-nonsense jacket from Craghoppers. Its uncluttered styling disguises technical features that ensure you’ll stay dry whether it’s spitting, drizzling or bucketing down.
Made from tough, breathable fabric and boasting sleeve control and a storm flap with inner zip guard, water stands no chance of getting inside. It has two waterproof outer pockets as well as inner phone and zip pockets. Drawstring waist adjusters enhance its classic look.
- Sizes: 8 to 12
- Colours: Fiesta Red, Night Blue, Bluebell and Dark Plum
14. Merrell Women’s Fallon Rain Jacket
Price: £100 | Buy now from Merrell
“Merrell! It will not die.” JingleCatJingle
For serious weatherproofing, you can’t go wrong with a mountaineering brand like Merrell, whose coats are renowned among Mumsnetters for their effectiveness and longevity.
Their waterproof Fallon Rain Jacket has a fully recycled nylon shell and, while it’s not the cheapest raincoat out there, its cost per use is fairly reasonable when you consider that you’ll still be donning it many years down the road.
Be aware when choosing a size though that it may come up larger than expected.
- Sizes: XS to XXL
- Colours: Spearmint/Jade, Burgundy, Mineral, Lichen and Black
15. Tog24 Craven Women’s Packaway Waterproof Jacket
Price: £37.50 | Buy now from Amazon
“Tog24 is awesome performance-wise.” Caramellatteplease
Ey up! This packaway jacket from Yorkshire-based family firm Tog24 may squash up small but it’s big on performance, giving instant wet-weather protection. It folds up neatly into the matching drawstring bag provided, meaning that it can easily go with you on your outdoor adventures.
Some buyers have complained that this raincoat’s sleeves are a little too short, but we still rate this lightweight option for its ability to do what it’s meant to, which is to keep water out.
- Sizes: 8 to 18
- Colours: Grape, Mulberry Stripe, Deep Port, Chalk Pink, Dark Coral Polka, Eggshell Blue Spot, Faded Pink Bird, Khaki Brush Camo, Dark Khaki and Black
16. Joules Coast Waterproof Mac
Price: £109 | Buy now from Joules
“I’ve got a yellow Joules raincoat and love it, even though I look like I’ve escaped from Fraggle Rock.” RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie
You can’t go wrong with a traditional raincoat in a sunny shade and choosing the Antique Gold version of this mac will certainly make you stand out on a drizzly day.
We love its nautical-inspired details, such as its cord toggles and striped cotton lining, as well as the curved hem and easily removable hood that attaches with poppers.
- Sizes: 6 to 26
- Colours: Antique Gold, French Navy and Red
17. Didriksons Noor Women’s Parka
Price: £115.87 | Buy now from Amazon
“I have the Noor and it’s brilliant! It’s really soft, breathable and un-sweaty.” redpickle
Mumsnetters wax lyrical about Didriksons coats and with good reason. One (slightly obsessive) Mumsnetter said: “These are the best coats ever. I have four!”
Started in 1913 to produce workwear for fishermen, this Swedish brand prides itself on ‘adapting to the elements, rather than challenging them.’
Whichever style of Didriksons waterproof raincoat you choose, you’re guaranteed to stay dry.
- Sizes: XS to M
- Colours: Coral Red, Dark Night Blue, Oat Yellow
18. Rab Women’s Kangri GTX Waterproof Jacket
Price: From £247.80 | Buy now from Amazon
“I have a Rab one. Mine’s seven years old and I work as a dog walker, so it gets a lot of use! It’s looking a bit tatty now, but then I am wearing it for several hours every day from autumn to spring.” HelloChompy
Ideal for avid adventurers, this three-layer jacket means business. Made from hardwearing Gore-Tex, it’s perfect for rural rambles, hill walks and mountain treks. Built for the long haul, it’ll retain its looks season after season.
While some features – such as the fleece-lined chin guard and adjustable mountain hood with wired and laminated peek – may be overkill for some wearers, this is a robust and reliable garment to turn to when the elements turn nasty.
- Sizes: 8 to 16
- Colours: Eggplant, Blueprint and Black
19. Patagonia Women’s Torrentshell Jacket
Price: From £150.48 | Buy now from Amazon
“It’s nipped in at the waist and moves beautifully with your body. Not bin bag-y at all. Much more flattering IRL than in photos. Made from sustainable fabric from an ethical company too.” Polestar50
This lightweight packable raincoat boasts plenty of technical details including a two-way adjustable hood with laminated visor, micro-fleece-lined neck and storm flaps.
The jacket can be stuffed into one of its pockets for easy storage on days out. As one happy Mumsnetter said on our forums: “I’ve just splashed out on a Patagonia Women’s Torrentshell. Amazing jacket! So lightweight you can hardly feel it when it’s on, but super waterproof and comes in lots of different colours.”
- Sizes: XS to XL
- Colours: Catalan Coral, Bayou Blue, Classic Navy, Camp Green, Birch White, Roamer Red, Black, Gypsum Green, Berlin Blue, Pineapple, Regen Green and Steller Blue
20. UNIQLO Women’s Blocktech Hooded Parka
Price: £59.90 | Buy now from UNIQLO
“My UNIQLO Blocktech coat is really good and I get lots of compliments on it. It looks surprisingly stylish for what is essentially a mac.” StrawberryPi
UNIQLO’s Blocktech range gets a lot of love from women of all tastes. Mumsnetters rate the variety of colours and lengths, the minimalist design (no unnecessary zips, tags or logos to be found here) and affordability.
Lightweight and smart enough for everyday wear, Blocktech coats will keep you dry on your commute, school run and obligatory dashes to the shops in the drizzle.
- Sizes: XXS to XXL
- Colours: Grey, Purple, Black and Natural
What's the best women’s raincoat?
The best women’s raincoat is the Helly Hansen W Kirkwall II Raincoat. With a timeless design and available in a range of classy colours, there’s no reason why this waterproof jacket shouldn’t be your go-to wet-weather garment for the foreseeable. Both modern and feminine, it also provides a great fit.
While it may not be warm enough for mid-winter and is fairly pricey, it’s perfect for spring, summer and autumn downpours and should be thought of as a long-term investment – particularly as it comes with its very own PU repair kit.
How we chose our recommendations
We first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out which women’s raincoats discerning Mumsnetters recommended and had bought themselves, noting their feedback about these brands. We then drew up a shortlist of those that were repeatedly mentioned.
From there, we did some research across the wider web, consulting independent review sites and taking into account what customer reviews said about the garments featured. Having collated all that information, we picked the waterproof jackets and raincoats we thought were worthy of featuring in our selection.
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