April might signal the start of warmer weather, but it also means the arrival of the inevitable spring showers.
Which can pose a bit of a problem. That heavy coat you’ve been sporting all winter will leave you hot and sweaty, but your light spring jackets aren’t going to protect you against sudden bursts of rain.
So if you haven’t already, it’s probably time to invest in a lightweight and waterproof rain coat or jacket. From knee-length parkas and translucent trenches to over-the-head macs and packable jackets, there are plenty of options to keep you looking good while staying dry.
To help you find the most affordable yet practical options, we’ve brought you a list of our top picks for this spring.
Everlane has consistently created simple, stylish wardrobe staples, and this anorak is no exception. The lightweight, water resistant jacket is perfect for spring showers, with reviewers noting that it protects against the rain and wind, but doesn’t make you sweaty and sticky in warmer weather.
Another popular choice for a practical yet stylish waterproof jacket is J.Crew’s Perfect Rain Coat. Available in several colors, the jacket features an elastic bungee to nip you in at the waist, a drawstring hood, and two decent-sized snap-flap patch pockets at the front.
This cute raincoat from Urban Outfitters is available in seven fun colors – including orange, yellow, green and camo – so will be sure to brighten up a rainy day. Reviewers note that it runs a little large, which is convenient for layering, but it might be worth sizing down.
Sturdy enough for hiking but stylish enough to wear to the bar, this long rain jacket is an affordable option that’s perfect for the end of winter and spring. Fans of the jacket, which is available in four colors on Amazon, note how well the jacket keeps you warm despite being lightweight.
Uniqlo has earned a well-deserved reputation for creating practical clothing that stands up to the elements, and this short blocktech jacket is no exception. It is features waterproof, windproof, and durable water-repellent, so is an ideal choice if you want a sturdier jacket that will fare well even in harsher weather.
This Columbia jacket is a hugely popular choice for an affordable but effective rain jacket, and for good reason. It is designed for ‘in-between weather’, when it’s rainy but not too cold so is the perfect choice to carry you through from the last days of winter until summer.
If you’re looking for a jacket that will protect you against heavy downpours, but also look stylish while you’re dashing around the city, this North Face is your best bet. Shoppers who bought this jacket note how sturdy it is, while also being lightweight and breathable.
This over-the-head rain jacket might not be able to withstand the harshest elements, but it’s perfect for slipping on when light showers hit. It’s small enough to tuck in your bag and light enough to be worn in weather, plus the khaki design with pink zip detail adds a stylish touch.
The striped lining adds a stylish touch to this practical (and surprisingly affordable) rain jacket. It won’t protect you in the wildest storms, but is perfect for light rain and drizzle. Plus, it’s packable and quick-drying, so can easily be popped in your bag when you’re going to be out all day.
If your outfit’s too good to hide away, then opt for this translucent rain jacket from Levi’s. It runs long, and features a drawstring hood and front flap-snap pockets, so will easily protect you against showers without compromising on style.
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