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13 best raincoats for those sudden downpours - stay dry in style

These waterproof coats are a must – just in case!

It's a fact – British weather is incredibly fickle, so it's best to have a raincoat ready for those sudden downpours, just in case!

With rain forecast, we've rounded up some of the most stylish waterproof raincoats and rain jackets for women – because the fun needn’t stop just because there's a downpour! Here are our favourite picks from Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Joules and more. 

Rubber hooded raincoat, £55, Marks & Spencer


Marks & Spencer's pretty powder pink raincoat is perfect for the coming spring - which is still rife with downpours. It's available in olive green too, if pink's really not your thing. It has a regular fit, with a snug funnel neck and lining for extra warmth. There's also a handy inside pocket, as well as a draw-cord hood and adjustable tabs on the sleeves, and it's finished with a back storm flap to keep you extra dry.

Brampton waterproof trench coat, £149, Joules


If you're looking for a raincoat that doesn't look like a raincoat the Joules' chic waterproof trench is the one. It features a long length for extended protection from the elements and a detachable hood and storm flap to the front and back. There's an adjustable waistband for a flattering fit and it's finished with a full zip and popper fastening, a cord collar and adjustable cuffs.

Benetton hood raincoat, £129, Benetton


If you want a splash of colour, Benetton's new-in hooded raincoat comes in fuchsia and cornflower blue. It's lightly padded for a touch of extra warmth, with a slightly flared cut. It has an adjustable elastic drawstring on the hood and bottom and a zip closure up to the chin and practical front pockets. 

Rains 12010 unisex waterproof short jacket in sand, £79.99, ASOS


Rains is a trusted raincoat brand known for its sleek and stylish minimalist designs - and this ASOS number is a case in point. It features a drawstring hood, press-stud placket, side pockets and a cool oversized fit. It's a unisex style - so be careful, your boyfriend might pinch it!

Women's Rain Jacket, £120, Seasalt Cornwall


The Bowsprit Jacket is one of the most popular styles at Seasalt Cornwall - and it's a flattering fit and cool check pattern are easy to see why. Did we mention the 5000mm waterproof rating? The dipped parka-style hem, adjustable drawcord hood and soft cotton lining make it an easy-to-wear style come rain or shine.

Barbour Nerissa Plain Waterproof Longline Coat, Rose Quartz, £229, John Lewis


Barbour's raincoat is an investment piece that will last you decades if you care for it properly. It features a large hood for waterproof protection, two lower pockets and a dipped hem. The elasticated waist allows for adjustment, so it's extra flattering, and the colour is just gorgeous.

Women’s Ampli-Dry Waterproof Shell Jacket, £94.50 (WAS £135), Columbia


This raincoat is outdoor gear specialist brand Columbia's best seller and we can see why. It's made from totally waterproof yet breathable fabric and keeps you completely dry from the inside out. The hood, cuffs and hem are adjustable for a customised fit, and it features a four-way comfort stretch, meaning the jacket moves with you. We're loving the blush pink edition but it's also available in blue, black, icy blue and hibiscus red.

Grey-hooded anorak with pockets, £26.24 (WAS 34.99), New Look


Classic and chic, this New Look anorak has a flattering fit and flare design for a more feminine silhouette. The grey is so stylish, and would go with anything.

Rain Rebel Jacket, £198, Lululemon


Lululemon is loved by celebrities and even royalty, so to discover they make top-notch raincoats is music to our ears. This sleek rain jacket is super soft and the khaki tone gives it a modern edge.

Padded outdoor anorak, £125, Arket


This sporty anorak will protect you from the rain and the cold too as it's both wind-resistant and water-resistant. It's made from 100% recycled polyester so it has impeccable eco credentials to boot.

Women's Salida rain jacket, £550, Canada Goose


This is basically the Rolls Royce of waterproof jackets. It does have a larger price tag but it's built to last, made from Canada Goose's flexible three-layer Tri-Durance fabric which protects against harsh and unpredictable weather. The mid-thigh length adds coverage and is complemented by a gusseted fishtail hem and scalloped cuffs for extra protection.

Polka dot rain poncho, from £21.99, Amazon


If you don't want to get a full-on coat and just want a poncho to stow away just in case, Amazon’s top-rated model comes in a variety of cute prints and it won’t break the bank.

Trespass raincoat, £39.99 (WAS £79.99), eBay


This stylish parka comes in navy. black, fig, moss or spruce green, and the regular fit means there’s plenty of room for layering. The hood has drawstrings for a snug fit, so your hair will stay perfectly dry if there's a sudden downpour.


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